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SALC FY 20/21 Draft Guidelines Now Available for Public Comment- Online Workshops 3/3 and 3/9

March 3, 2021 - March 23, 2021

The Department of Conservation is pleased to announce the release of the 2020/2021 Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC) Draft Guidelines.  We are hosting a series of online workshops to share program information and to solicit public input.

About the Program: The SALC Program supports agricultural conservation, economic growth and sustainable development by providing grants for two types of projects:

  • Planning grants that support the development of local and regional land use policies and economic development strategies to protect critical agricultural land
  • Agricultural Conservation Easement grants that are used to permanently protect croplands and rangelands that are at-risk of conversion to sprawl development.

To learn more, please join us for one of the following workshops:

Workshop 1: Wednesday March 3, 2021
1 PM – 2 PM (Acquisition Grants)
Register here

Workshop 2: Tuesday March 9, 2021
11 AM – Noon (Acquisition Grants)
Workshop 3: Tuesday March 9, 2021
1 PM – 2 PM (Planning Grants)

What will be discussed?
  • Overview of the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program
  • Guideline overview and updates
  • Important dates and timelines
How can I comment?
Draft guidelines are posted on the website and will be available for public comment through March 23, 2021.


DOC staff are available to answer questions and provide technical assistance. Email us at [email protected]
About The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC)
The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation program (SALC) is a component of the ​SGC’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program​. SALC complements investments made in urban areas with the purchase of agricultural conservation easements, development of agricultural land strategy plans, and other mechanisms that result in GHG reductions and a more resilient agricultural sector.
The program invests in agricultural land conservation with revenue from the California Climate ​Investments (CCI) Fund​, made available for projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions while providing additional benefits to California communities. CCI is derived from quarterly cap-and-trade auction proceeds, which are administered by the California Air Resources Board.
The Department of Conservation works in cooperation with the Natural Resources Agency and the SGC to implement the program.


March 3, 2021
March 23, 2021
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