Conserving Treasured Lands and Valuable Natural Resources
Conserving California's wilderness for preservation, protection, restoration of wildlife, and recreation.
In 2009, California won a U.S. District Court settlement that requires the federal government to follow strict criteria limiting road-building and logging activities to ensure that California's pristine forest lands are preserved for future generations.
The conservancy covers more than 25 million acres and allocates grants to local governments for environmental protection, resource conservation, recreational opportunities, and economic development.
California finalized an agreement to preserve the 82,000-acre Hearst Ranch, crown jewel of the central coast. This included protecting 13 miles of pristine coastline, formerly in private hands, for public use.
The Tejon Ranch Conservation and Land-use Agreement, an historic agreement between Tejon Ranch landowners and conservation and environmental groups that will permanently preserve up to 90 percent of the 270,000-acre ranch, which is the largest ever privately-conserved parcel of land.
The Salton Sea Ecosystem Restoration Preferred Alternative was delivered to the Legislature in 2007. This was an historic strategy to revitalize California's largest lake. SB 51 created the Salton Sea Restoration Council.