After the Wildlife Conservation Board was created by the Wildlife Conservation Law of 1947, it was given the authority to acquire and restore California lands to protect wildlife values and to provide wildlife-oriented public access. The Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Program (HERP) was WCB's first program and incorporated all restoration projects until new restoration programs were first initiated in 1990.
Over the last 20 years, there have been at least eight specific new programs added to the WCB's mandate that fund and target certain types of habitat restoration projects that historically fell under the HERP. While the program is not as active as it once was, it still effectively covers important habitat enhancement and restoration projects that fall outside the criteria of the other habitat restoration programs.
See examples of the types of projects this program covers on the Examples page.