Wildlife Conservation Board

Mission Statement

The Wildlife Conservation Board's (Board) mission is to select, authorize, and allocate funds for the purchase of land and waters suitable for the preservation, protection, and restoration of wildlife habitat. The Board is also responsible for providing compatible recreational facilities. This has included the development of fishing piers and other means of access to coastal and inland waters and cost-sharing for wetlands enhancement.

Major Roles and Responsibilities in Wetlands Management

The Board is responsible for wetlands protection through the acquisition of fee and lesser interests, such as conservation easements. In addition, the Board assists local agencies, special districts, and nonprofit organizations with cost-share projects which restore and enhance public and privately owned wetlands. The Board is also responsible for managing the Inland Wetlands Conservation Program. This program assists the Central Valley Joint Venture in meeting specific objectives which protect, restore, and enhance public and privately owned wetlands in the California Central Valley.

Although the Board does not actively manage wetlands, it does have the authority to manage and award leases for degraded wetlands to nonprofit organizations, special districts, and local and state agencies. Under the terms of the lease, the lessee agrees to restore wetlands to their highest possible wetland value and maintain the wetlands at their highest possible value. Also, the Board has the authority to acquire degraded wetlands, restore the wetland to highest wetland value, and then sell the wetland to the private sector or another governmental entity. Such transactions only require short term management responsibilities.

Legal Mandate

The Board was established by legislation under the Wildlife Conservation Act of 1947 to administer a capital outlay program for wildlife conservation and related public recreation. Subsequent legislation, such as the Inland Wetlands Conservation Program (1990) and the California Riparian Habitats Protection Program (1991), expanded the Board's mandate. Generally, the Board's mandate can be found in sections 1300-1431 of the California Fish and Game Code. Although the Board is a part of the California Department of Fish and Game, it has separate funding.

For more information on the Wildlife Conservation Board contact:
Al Wright, Executive Director, Awright@dfg.ca.gov

Mailing address:
1807 13th Street, Suite 103
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-8448
Fax: (916) 323-0280

Webmaster: wetlands@resources.ca.gov

This file last modified on: Thursday, January 24, 2002.
Document URL: http://resources.ca.gov/wetlands/agencies/dwr.html
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