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.
Open Space Subventions - 2014 Survey of Participation
The FY 2014 Survey of Participation is now available on the Open Space Subvention Payments page. Despite elimination of the 2014 OSSA payments, this information is critical in order to document the level of participation in the program and the impact the loss of OSSA payments is having on local governments. It is the basis for the biennial Land Conservation Act Status Report, which provides information to the Legislature and general public on the status of the Williamson Act Program among counties and cities.
Solar-Use Easements - Senate Bill 618 Offical Regulations - Effective February 1, 2014
The Department of Conservation has formally adopted regulations (under Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations), establishing the procedures, fees, standards, and criteria for solar-use easements. The regulations clarify SB 618 language and the Department of Conservation’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.
Land Conservation (Williamson) Act - 2012 Status Report
The 2012 Land Conservation (Williamson) Act Status Report provides information on the implementation of the Williamson Act by counties and cities. Data is collected through the yearly Land Conservation Act and Open Space Subvention Act Survey. Please see the Enrollment Statistics page for more information.
Land Conservation (Williamson) Act - Open Space Subventions
Open Space Subventions were eliminated as of the FY 2010-2011 budget. Effective July 15 2011, AB 1265 allows eligible counties to re-capture 10 percent of the property tax benefits provided to their owners of Williamson Act lands. Background on the legislation is available in this updated Advisory Statement (PDF).
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.
The Department of Conservation's Division of Land Resource Protection is administering 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).
News and Information
Easements and Land Conservation Status
Summary of Agricultural Easements and Planning Projects Funded by CFCP
The 2012 Williamson Act Status Report
The 2014 Status Report is now being compiled.
Agricultural Land Use and Farmland Conversion
2012 Important Farmland Maps and Statistics
Kern, Napa, and San Mateo 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 Watershed Portal is a comprehensive information source, with technical and educational information, training materials, grant announcements, upcoming events, and other tools to help manage and protect California’s watersheds.