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Natural Community Conservation Planning Program


Administrating Agency: Resources Agency
Bond: Proposition 84
Department Name: Wildlife Conservation Board
Bond Statute: 75055(c)
Implementing Statute: Wildlife Conservation Law of 1947, Fish and Game Code, Division 2, Chapter 4 and Division 3, Chapter 10

  • Front-end
  • In-Progress
  • Follow-up
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Funds allocated under this section will be to implement or assist in the establishment of Natural Community Conservation Plans (NCCPs), with an emphasis on acquisition projects.

Projects seeking funding for acquisitions will be managed under the Wildlife Conservation Board Land Acquisition Program. To qualify for funding projects must be part of a NCCP, developed pursuant to Fish and Game Code, Chapter 10.


Project evaluation and selection will begin at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) regional level. Additional information on this process can be obtained available through any of the CDFW regional offices. A listing of the regional offices and contacts can be found on the CDFW website. Once a project is reviewed and recommended for approval at the regional level it will be transmitted to the headquarters level for approval by the Director of CDFW. If approved by the Director of CDFW the proposal can be forwarded to the WCB with a recommendation to be considered for funding. The WCB depending on funding availability and workload will assign the project to project manager to assist with the acquisition.

Other requirements include, all acquisitions must be made on a willing seller basis pursuant to a fair market value appraisal as approved by the Department of General Services (DGS). Funding for mitigation projects is not allowed under this program.

This program will operate on an open continuous process, with no set dates or deadlines for submitting project proposals. Actual funding will be subject to approval by the WCB at one it four meetings held each year - See the WCB website for a listing of the meeting dates.

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Projects that meet the front-end programs requirements and reached the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) as proposed projects will be managed under the WCB’s land Acquisition Program.

Land Acquisitions

The WCB’s real estate procedures are conducted in accordance with the Fish and Game Code and the Government Code (Property Acquisition Law) that affects the WCB’s Land Acquisition Program. The WCB works with property owners on a willing seller basis, paying fair market value as determined by appraisal reports approved by the state’s Department of General Services (DGS). In addition to analysis of the appraisal, due diligence includes the examination and interpretation of title documents, analysis of an Environmental Site Assessment, and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act requirements. Staff of the WCB negotiates with the property owner, or their representative, the terms and conditions of the transaction and prepares necessary documents.

In addition to direct acquisitions by the State of California for management by the CDFW, the WCB gives grants to qualified recipients including local, state and federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. Grantees must conduct land transactions with willing sellers paying fair market value as determined by a DGS approved appraisal report. The grantee is the lead for conducting due diligence and preparing all acquisition documents.

The real estate transactions, and funding, for both direct acquisitions and grants, are subject to approval of the WCB at one of its quarterly meetings. Direct acquisitions for ownership by the state require subsequent approval by the DGS, and if a donation, the Department of Finance. Grants do not require DGS approval, but grant agreements require staff to review and approve all acquisition-related documents prior to disbursement of funds to escrow. Following this approval WCB staff requests the disbursement of funds to an escrow account. Final documents are received, including recorded instruments of conveyances and other documents, final policies of title insurance and final closing statements, from the title company.

In accordance with the Brown Act, staff of the WCB provides public notice of upcoming quarterly meetings to the County Board of Supervisors, adjacent property owners, the Department of Conservation (if the property is encumbered with a Williamson Act Contract), cities and counties within which a property may be located, and to others requesting notice.

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Projects that meet the front-end programs requirements and reached the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) as proposed projects will be managed under the WCB’s land Acquisition Program.

Acquisition of State Property

Following the transfer of real property to the State, staff of the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) notifies the CDFW Director, its regional staff responsible for on-site management, and the Department of General Services. The State is exempt from the payment of property taxes, and the County Assessor/Auditor is directed to cancel taxes. Funding contributors, if any, are notified and provided documents as required pursuant to their grants or funding instruments.

Grant Agreements

On August 17, 2006, the WCB adopted policies governing grant agreements and conservation easements. Relative to grant agreements, the policies provide, in part, the following:

  • Grant agreements shall be consistent with the policies established by the WCB and clearly state the purposes of the conservation effort.
  • Defined purposes must articulate and be consistent with the purposes and requirements of the funding sources used to pay for the conservation effort and identify the resources and conservation values to be protected.
  • Defined purposes must also be included in the appropriate conveyance documents (deed or conservation easement).
  • Concurrent with the instrument of conveyance transferring the property to the grantee, a Notice of Unrecorded Grant Agreement giving public notice that the grantee received funds under the grant and that use of the property shall be consistent with the terms of the agreement.
  • Grantee shall provide to WCB all approved appraisals, copies of recorded documents and title policies, baseline conditions reports, transaction documents, management plans, and monitoring reports, as applicable.
  • At the request of the WCB, not less than once in any three year period, the grantee shall arrange for the WCB to access the protected property to assess compliance with the grant agreement. If the grant agreement assisted in funding the purchase of a conservation easement, the monitoring report shall document the monitoring activities in a manner that demonstrate the monitoring was conducted in accordance with the monitoring protocol approved by the WCB for the project.
  • WCB must approve the transfer of the grant agreement.
  • Whether whole or in part, conservation easements can only be extinguished through appropriate legal proceedings (e.g., eminent domain).

Projects
Arroyo Toad, Long Potrero
Bottle Peak
Carlsbad/Northwest San Diego County MHCP HCPLA/NCCP 2009 (Cielo del Norte)
Carlsbad/Northwest San Diego County MHCP HCPLA/NCCP 2010 (Perkins)
Chino Hills (Eastbridge)
City of Carlsbad Habitat Management Plan/NW HCPLA (Bridges)
Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan, Rancho Royale Property
Coachella Valley NCCP, Shadowrock
County of San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Plan 2011 (PWRG)
County of San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Plan 2015 (Brown)
County of San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program 2015 (Capralis)
County of San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program 2015 (Cheyenne)
Crestridge Preserve, South Crest, Expansion 3
East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP (Roddy Ranch Golf Course)
East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP (Anna Smith)
East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP (Bloching)
East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP (Casey Property)
East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP (Coelho)
East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP (Hanson Hills)
East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP (Olesen/Duke)
East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP (Poppi/Halstead)
East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP (Viera North Peak)
East Contra Costa County NCCP/HCP (Alaimo)
East Contra Costa County NCCP/HCP (Nunn)
East Contra Costa County NCCP/HCP (Roddy Home Ranch)
East Contra Costa County NCCP/HCP (Roddy Ranch)
East Contra Costa County NCCP/HCP (Viera/Perley)
East Elliott and Otay Mesa Regions (Clayton)
East Elliott and Otay Mesa Regions (Sunroad)
El Sobrante
El Sobrante, Expansion 1
El Sobrante, Expansion 2
Fieldstone Habitat Conservation Plan, Expansion1
Habitat Conservation Plan Land Acquisition, City of Carlsbad (Cielo del Norte Phase ll)
Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area (Lyons Vista)
Indio Trails
Iron Mountain Wildlife Area, Expansion 4
LeoMar Preserve (Gaty)
Liberty Island
Long Potrero East
Lost Coast Redwood and Salmon Initiative
Luchia
Ocean Trails HCPLA 2009 (Angeles LLC)
Ocean Trails HCPLA 2009 (Ya Yi May)
Peabody East Ranch
Peabody West Ranch
Saddle Creek
San Diego County MSCP HCPLA/NCCP 2010 (Priest/Walker)
San Diego County MSCP HCPLA/NCCP 2010 (Sarjay)
San Diego County MSCP HCPLA/NCCP 2010 (Ulrich)
San Diego County MSCP HCPLA/NCCP 2013 (Saxena/Carver)
San Diego County MSCP/HCPLA (2009) Gibson
San Diego County MSCP/HCPLA 2009 (El Cajon)
San Diego County MSCP/HCPLA 2009 (Kemerko)
San Diego County MSCP/HCPLA 2009 (Michelsen)
San Diego County MSCP/HCPLA 2009, Wildcat Canyon
San Diego County Multiple Species Conservation Plan (Skyline 244)
San Diego County, MSCP HCPLA/NCCP (2010) - Sycuan Tribal -Sloan Canyon
San Diego CountyMSCP/HCPLA 2009, Helix-Lambron
San Diego Cunty MSCP HCPLA/NCCP 2010 (Guyot)
San Jacinto Wildlife Area, Expansion 31
San Joaquin Multi-Species Conservation Plan - Vaquero Farms Central
San Joaquin Multi-Species Conservation Plan (2007) - Barron
San Joaquin Multi-Species Conservation Plan (2007) Ang
San Joaquin Multi-Species Conservation Plan (2007) Fox Ridge Manor
San Joaquin Multi-Species Conservation Plan (2007) Irish Canyon
San Joaquin Multi-Species Conservation Plan (2008) (Adrienne Galvin)
San Joaquin Multi-Species Conservation Plan (2008) - Affinito
San Joaquin Multi-Species Conservation Plan (2008) - Deer Valley/Fan
San Joaquin Multi-Species Conservation Plan (2008) - Galvin
San Joaquin Multi-Species Conservation Plan (2008) - Moss Rock
San Joaquin Multi-Species Conservation Plan (2008) - Thomas
San Joaquin Multi-Species Conservation Plan (2008)-Thomas North
Santa Cruz Mountains Linkages, Coyote Ridge (NCCP)
Santa Cruz Mountains Linkages, Coyote Ridge Exp. 1
Santa Rosa Mountains (Desert Ranch 1), Expansion 16
Santa Rosa Mountains (Desert Ranch II), Expansion 17
Santa Rosa Mountains, Expansion 11
Santa Rosa Mountains, Expansion 12
Santa Rosa Mountains, Expansion 13
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Tenaja Corridor, Expansion 1, Riverside County
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Tenaja Corridor, Expansion 10
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Tenaja Corridor, Expansion 2, Riverside County
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Tenaja Corridor, Expansion 3, Riverside County
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Tenaja Corridor, Expansion 4, Riverside County
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Tenaja Corridor, Expansion 5, Riverside County
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Tenaja Corridor, Expansion 6, Riverside County
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Tenaja Corridor, Expansion 7, Riverside County
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Tenaja Corridor, Expansion 8, Riverside County
Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve, Tenaja Corridor, Expansion 9, Riverside County
Thousand Palms Conservation Area (Gabison)
Thousand Palms Conservation Area, Expansion 1
Tilton Ranch
University Heights
Upper Mission Creek / Big Morongo Canyon Conservation Area, Expansion 3
Upper Mission Creek / Big Morongo Canyon Conservation Area, Expansion 4
Upper Mission Creek / Big Morongo Canyon Conservation Area, Expansion 6, (Palmwood)
Upper Mission Creek/Big Morongo Canyon Conservation Area, Expansion 5
Upper Mission Creek/Big Morongo Canyon Conservation Area, Expansion 7
Western Riverside County MSHCP (2006), Exp. 1
Western Riverside County MSHCP (2006), Exp. 2
Western Riverside County MSHCP (2006), Expansion 10
Western Riverside County MSHCP (2006), Expansion 11
Western Riverside County MSHCP (2006), Expansion 3
Western Riverside County MSHCP (2006), Expansion 4
Western Riverside County MSHCP (2006), Expansion 6
Western Riverside County MSHCP (2006), Expansion 7 - Temecula Mountain
Western Riverside County MSHCP (2006), Expansion 8
Western Riverside County MSHCP (2006), Expansion 9
Western Riverside County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) (2012) - Nelson
Western Riverside MSHCP (2012) - Terra
Whitewater Floodplain Conservation Area, Riverside County
Whitewater Floodplain Expansion 1
Willow Hole Conservation Area
Willow Hole Conservation Area, Exp. 1
Willow Hole Conservation Area, Expansion 2
Yolo County HCP/NCCP Development
Yolo County HCP/NCCP Development, Phase II
Yolo County HCP/NCCP Development, Phase III Augmentation