Rangeland, Grazing Land and Grassland Protection Act of 2002
In September of 2002, Chapter 984, Statutes of 2002, enacted the Rangeland,
Grazing Land and Grassland Protection Act of 2002. The Act designated
the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) as the lead agency for carrying
out the California Rangeland, Grazing Land and Grassland Protection
Program. The purpose of the program is to protect California's rangeland,
grazing land and grassland through the use of conservation easements.
Almost all funding available for this program has been allocated. Before completing an application please contact John Walsh at (916) 322-9461.
Purpose and Authority
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 10332, the purpose of the program
is to accomplish the following:
- To prevent the conversion of rangeland, grazing land and grassland
to nonagricultural uses.
- To protect the long-term sustainability of livestock grazing.
- To ensure continued wildlife, water quality, watershed and open-space
benefits to the State of California from livestock grazing.
Minimum Program Requirements
Projects must protect the integrity of the rangeland, grazing lands
and grasslands. Applicants interested in obtaining an easement on more
intensified agricultural areas are encouraged to contact the Department
of Conservation (DOC), California Farmland Conservancy Program.
The WCB will assist applicants interested in obtaining funding information
from the different agricultural protection programs.
Innovative compatible use activities address the external and internal
components of sustainability.
The WCB encourages projects to be developed with partners attempting
to address regional landscape issues. A partnership approach brings
to the project a diversity of skills, expertise, ideas and sometimes-even
money that may not otherwise be available to complete a desired project.
Project proposals that contain funding partners may receive a higher
priority than those applicants requesting 100 percent of the necessary
funds to acquire the conservation easement.
The terms and conditions of the conservation easement must comply
with the "Principles of Compatible Use".
Landowner must disclose any known or suspected environmental conditions
associated with the property.
Landowner must certify the conservation easement was not, and is
not, required to satisfy a condition imposed upon the landowner by
any lease, permit, license, certificate, or other entitlement for use
issued by one or more public agencies, including, but not limited to,
the mitigation of significant effects on the environment of a project
pursuant to an approved environmental impact report or mitigated negative
Landowners must certify the proposed use is consistent with local
land use plans and zoning requirements.
Holders of mineral rights will be notified of the intent to purchase
a conservation easement.
Eligible Applicants and Partners
Eligible applicants and partners include a willing landowner, a local
public agency, special district, resource conservation district, joint
powers authority, nonprofit organization or state agency.
Applications will be accepted on a year-round basis. Upon receipt of a proposed project
and application, WCB will review the application for compliance with
program requirements. If the proposed project meets the program requirements,
is consistent with and compliments the program guidelines and selection
criteria, and sufficient money exists to fund the request, the project
may be scheduled for Board consideration. Applicants will be notified
as to when the project will be considered by the Board once the real estate due diligence is completed.
Grazing Land and Grassland Protection Act of 2002 - Application
Prior to completing an Application please contact John Walsh at (916) 322-9461, to check on availability of program funds.
All applications should be mailed to:
Executive Director, Wildlife Conservation Board
Post Office Box 944209
Sacramento, California 94244-2090