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CALFED Natural Communities Conservation Program


Administrating Agency: Resources Agency
Bond: Proposition 84
Department Name: California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Bond Statute: 75050(a)
Implementing Statute:

  • Front-end
  • In-Progress
  • Follow-up
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Natural Communities Conservation Planning (NCCP) provides for landscape-level, community-based conservation of native species and their habitats and will be integrated with other programs addressing the restoration needs of the Bay-Delta region. The Plan would provide the regulatory framework and assurances for continued water supply to the people of California while providing for the restoration of native species. This program would be subject to independent scientific review, public input, and review by the Bay Delta Conservation Plan Steering Committee and CALFED advisory and oversight committees. Project funding will follow the processes developed for implementation of the CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Plan where criteria are described which assure the scientific validity and practical feasibility of projects.

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Projects selected for funding under the CALFED NCCP program are required to spend grant funds according to the approved project scope and budget. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife requires quarterly progress reports for all projects and conducts site visits during each project. Payment requests must include a certification by the grantee that each expense complies with requirements outlined in the grant agreement. Grantees must also submit supporting documentation for each expense, with reimbursements approved only for eligible expenses pursuant to program guidelines and contained within the approved project budget. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife also withholds up to ten percent of each payment request to be released upon project completion.

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All projects funded via the CALFED NCCP program receive a close-out visit conducted by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife at the time the project is complete and prior to releasing final grant funds. The purpose of the close-out field visit is to ensure all project components were completed according to program guidelines and the terms of the grant agreement, including project scope and budget. All grantees must record a document against the project property that gives public notice of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's rights as specified in the grant agreement. All grantees must comply with all current laws and regulations which apply to the project and submit documents summarizing total project costs and all additional funding sources.