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Sonoma County Ag + Open Space Conserves 1,600-acre Forest in Northwest Sonoma County (10/17/2018)

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space), a special district of the County dedicated to protecting our working and natural lands forever, has acquired a conservation easement covering 1,600 acres of forest land owned by Rip Goelet along the South Fork Gualala River in northwest Sonoma County. Read more here.

CAL FIRE Announces Availability of Funding for Grants to Reduce Fire Threat and Improve Forest Health (10/03/2018)

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) announced the availability of up to $155 million for Fire Prevention and Forest Health projects. CAL FIRE is soliciting applications for projects that will help prevent catastrophic wildfires and restore forest health while also sequestering carbon and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Official Call for Applications:

Free Rangeland Analysis Platform Webinar (08/30/2018)

Participate to learn about the Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) - a free, online tool that helps landowners and natural resource managers track vegetation through time and plan actions to improve America's grazing lands. 

When: Sep 25, 2018 12:00 pm US/Eastern
Length: one hour
Pre-registration not required.

The Rangeland Analysis Platform (RAP) is a free, online tool that helps landowners and natural resource managers track vegetation through time and plan actions to improve America's grazing lands. The RAP can be used to provide strategies to improve productivity of grazing lands, manage weeds, mitigate impacts of wildfire and drought, and benefit wildlife habitats. Learn more abouth the tool here.

This webinar is presented by USDA NRCS Science and Technology. Contact Candy Thomas, Science & Technology Training Library content manager, for more information about this webinar.

$2.5 Million Available to Improve Agricultural Water Efficiency in California (05/23/2018)

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in California, in partnership with DOI's Bureau of Reclamation, is providing funds to improve the efficiency of agricultural water use in portions of six water/irrigation districts in California. This partnership combines on-farm conservation enhancements, through NRCS's Environmental Quality Incentives Program, with water-supply infrastructure upgrades, funded through Reclamation's WaterSmart program. Funding decisions for these on-farm conservation improvements will be made on June 22 and July 27, 2018. Learn more here.

California Farmers Finding More Ways To Conserve Water (04/06/2018)

One year after Gov. Jerry Brown called off the state’s historic drought emergency, area farmers are still finding innovative ways to continue conserving water. In one district, farmers are using a system known as drip tape irrigation, which has helped save millions of gallons of water. Learn more here.

Metallica’s James Hetfield turns over 1,000 acres of open space to MALT (03/01/2018)

“Our family is very happy to work with [the Marin County Open Space District] and [the Marin Agricultural Land Trust] on re-establishing agriculture and maintaining the scenic corridor of the ranch. We believe this is a huge community benefit, and one of our goals is to keep agriculture on the ranch for a very long time,” said the Hetfields. Learn more here.

Conservation of Point Reyes Station ranch completes 9,000 acres of protected farmland (02/02/2018)

The Marin Agricultural Land Trust edged closer to its goal of protecting 100,000 acres by 2040 when the Board of Supervisors last week approved close to $1.9 million in Measure A funds toward the purchase of a conservation easement on the 705-acre Taylor Ranch. The $3.59 million deal, which will close in early March, will connect 9,000 acres of protected farmland land between Marshall and Point Reyes Station. Read more here.

Application Deadline Approaching for Conservation Easement Funding (01/09/2018)

The deadline for the FY2018 Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is quickly approaching. The conservation tool helps landowners and partners engage in long-term protection of California's farmland, wetlands and grasslands. The application deadline for ACEP is Jan. 19, 2018.  Learn more here. 

Expanding solar energy without encroaching on potential farmland and conservation areas (12/19/2017)

As the world tries to combat climate change, interest in Solar energy is on the rise, but arrays of photovoltaic panels take up a lot of space and can compete for prime food-producing land. Now researchers, have found plenty of places to install solar devices without taking up arable land, while generating enough power to help regions meet their energy goals. Learn more here.

Federal Farm Bill’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program $84.6 Million Investment Benefits California's Forests, Air, Soil, and Water (12/14/2017)

Conservation benefits for California through the federal Farm Bill’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), totaled more than $84 million in fiscal year 2017. The largest investments were in air quality, water conservation and water quality and forest-related conservation for both proactive and post-fire assistance. Learn more here.

Sinton family preserves 12,000-acre ranch near Pozo (10/18/2017)

The land has been in the family for six generations and is a noted habitat for the California condor, red-legged frog and tule elk. Read on here.

Farmers & Conservation Experts Celebrate Five Years of Helping Tricolored Blackbirds (08/11/2017)

DAVIS, Calif., Aug. 10, 2017 - In 2017 farmers with rare Tricolored Blackbirds nesting in their fields have again aided the birds' survival...During the 2017 nesting season, the partnership protected five colonies on dairy farms, totaling nearly 75,000 birds, in Kern, Merced and Tularecounties. Read on here.

Open Spaces & Wild Places: A Celebration of Land (07/14/2017)

?Sat. Sept. 16, 2017 4 pm - 9 pm: Join Bear Yuba Land Trust for an end-of-summer Gala to be held at one of the most spectacular permanently protected agricultural lands in Nevada County, Linden Lea Ranch. Learn more and get tickets here.

Getting the Lease: Strategies for developing an effective Grazing Lease Proposal (06/02/2017)

When: Thursday June 29th, 3pm-6pm (dinner to follow)

Where: Calhoun Ranch & Party Barn, 12461 Mines Road, Livermore, CA

Learn more here.

Whole Farm/Ranch Land Management: California 2017 (03/07/2017)

This in-depth course is being offered in California as part of Holistic Management International’s Whole Farm/Ranch Land Management Series. This course was designed to help you regenerate your land for better soil health, bio-diversity, productivity and profitability through the practice of Holistic Management. Learn more and register here.

9-5 each day: March 24-25, April 7-8 and April 28-29


2017 California Land Conservation Conference March 7-9, 2017 (02/23/2017)

The California Land Conservation Conference, held at the UC Davis Conference Center, is the largest annual gathering of land trusts, agencies, foundations, and conservation professionals in the state. Our three-day event consists of thought-provoking speakers, powerful networking opportunities, and unparalleled access to decision-makers in the conservation community. Register here.

Farm Land Protector Soldiers on at Age 82 (01/04/2017)

The Ag Land Trust’s efforts to preserve Salinas Valley farm land extends all the way to Camp Roberts in south Monterey County.

The trust has acquired conservation easements for nearly 4,500 acres of ranch land around the historic Army base. This allows the 42,784-acre facility to operate as a California National Guard training base without encroachment from development. Read the article.

New Partnership-Driven Projects Boost Conservation in California (12/22/2016)

DAVIS, Calif., Dec. 21, 2016: USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service today announced $225 million in funding for 88 partnership projects nationwide. California captured funding for four projects—three completely within the state and one shared with Nevada. Funding comes through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program, created in the 2014 Farm Bill. Learn more here.

Jewell, Hickenlooper nurture “epic collaboration” in $760M western push to save endangered sage grouse (09/22/2016)

The federal government and non-profit partners plan to spend another $360 million to spur states, landowners and developers to save the imperiled greater sage grouse across a Texas-sized area of sagebrush steppe spanning 11 Western states.

Read the full article here.

California to get more than $5 million from USDA for agricultural innovation (09/12/2016)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will steer more than $5 million to California agriculture and conservation programs as part of a $26.6-million naitonal campaign to bring innovation to the sector.

Learn more here.

University of California Cooperative Extension Wild Pig Survey (08/22/2016)

In managed rangelands and agricultural areas, feral or wild pigs are a significant pest species. UCCE Livestock and Range Advisors and Wildlife Specialists need your help by filling out a short statewide survey on wild pig damage found here.

It should only take about 15 minutes to complete. Individual identities and survey responses will be kept confidential. Participation in the survey is entirely voluntary.

Program Preserves Ag Land for Climate Benefits (08/11/2016)

In its second year, Cap-and-Trade funded Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) Program commits $37.4 million to shield agricultural land from development. Learn more here.

New Program Pays Central Valley Farmers to Grow Wildlife Habitat (08/04/2016)

Critical habitat for wildlife has been reduced by drought, development and other pressures. Ann Hayden of the Environmental Defense Fund talks about radical incentives for landowners to help fill the void. Read the article here.

Groups of Farmers May Now Join Together for Good Ag. Practices (04/11/2016)

If you are a farmer wanting to be certified in USDA's Good Agricultural Practices program, you may be able to join with your fellow producers in your area in getting that certification. (Gary Crawford and Chuck Parrott) Listen to radio story or read article.