Welcome to the Division of Land Resource Protection
Programs to Conserve California's Farmland & Open Space Resources
Californians make their home amidst some of the most productive farmland and diverse open spaces in the world. The Department of Conservation's Division of Land Resource Protection (DLRP) works with landowners, local governments, and researchers to conserve these resources for everyone's future.
Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation Program - Draft Guidelines
A new program to fund agricultural land conservation, with revenue from California's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, is under development. The Department of Conservation is working in cooperation with the Natural Resources Agency and the Strategic Growth Council to implement the program, beginning in Fiscal Year 2014-15. The Preliminary Draft Guidelines are available here.
Workshops are being held on the Draft Guidelines in Oroville (October 24), Bakersfield (October 29), and Watsonville (October 30). More information on these workshops is available here.
Open Space Subventions (OSS) - 2014 Survey of Participation
The FY 2014 Survey of Participation in the Land Conservation Act is now available on the Open Space Subvention Payments page. Despite elimination of OSS payments in recent years, this information is critical in documenting the level of participation in the program and the impact of the loss of OSS payments on local governments. It is the basis for the biennial Land Conservation Act (LCA) Status Report, which provides information to the Legislature and general public on the status of the Act among counties and cities.
Despite the loss of OSS payments, participating jurisdictions may re-capture 10 percent of the property tax benefits that are provided to owners of LCA. This option was provided under legislation approved in 2011 (AB 1265, Statutes of 2011). Background on the legislation is available in this updated Advisory Statement (PDF).
Solar-Use Easements (SB 618)
The Department of Conservation established procedures, fees, standards, and criteria for solar-use easements, under regulations adopted early in 2014 (Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations). The regulations clarify SB 618 language and the Department’s role in implementing the solar-use easement statute. Through these procedures, solar-use easement agreements may be approved between cities or counties and agricultural landowners that are parties to Land Conservation and Farmland Security Zone Act contracts. Please see the Solar-Use Easements page for more information.
Farmland Mapping - California Important Farmland Finder CALIFORNIA IMPORTANT FARMLAND FINDER
An interactive version of the Important Farmland map data. Locate your area of interest, calculate acreage, and other useful features, using this online tool. Introductory material about the site and its features is also available.
News and Information
Easements and Land Conservation Status
Summary of Agricultural Easements and Planning Projects Funded by CFCP
The 2012 Williamson Act Status Report and Enrollment Statistics
The 2014 Status Report is now being compiled.
Agricultural Land Use and Farmland Conversion
2012 Important Farmland Maps and Statistics
Imperial, Sonoma and Ventura counties are now available. Come back for more postings in the weeks ahead!
The 2008-2010 California Farmland Conversion Report
The most recent statewide and regional breakdown of farmland conversion trends.
Important Farmland Maps in PDF format
Full size maps for viewing your area of interest; new releases are posted regularly.
The LESA Model & Mitigation
The Land Evaluation and Site Assessment (LESA) Model evaluates agricultural characteristics of specific sites, as indicated in California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines.
The California Council of Land Trusts offers a guidebook titled Conserving California’s Harvest – A Model Mitigation Program and Ordinance for Local Governments, which contains input from experts in the fields of local governance, agriculture, conservation, law and mitigation. The guidebook's focus is on implementation and evolution of farmland mitigation programs that preserve and protect California's world-class agricultural landscape.
Legal and Policy Information
CFCP legislation, effective January 2011
Creates flexibility for conservation of 'whole farms'
Right to Farm Real Estate Disclosure
2009 legislation relies on Important Farmland Maps to define agriculture in real estate transactions.
The DLRP currently administers two grant programs to assist local governments and nonprofits in achieving long-term resource management goals: the Sustainable Communities Planning Grants and Incentives Program (awarded by the Strategic Growth Council) and the Watershed Coordinator Grants. Both programs are funded through the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Act of 2006 (Proposition 84).