Funding under this section will be allocated for protection of grazing lands pursuant to California Rangeland, Grazing Land and Grassland Protection Program. The purpose of the program is to protect California’s rangeland, grazing land and grasslands through the use of conservation easements.
Program goals are: 1) To prevent the conversion of rangeland, grazing land and grassland to nonagricultural uses; 2) To protect the long-term sustainability of livestock grazing; 3) To ensure continued wildlife, water quality, watershed and open-space benefits to the State of California from livestock grazing.
Applications are accepted on a year-round basis. To qualify for funding, applications must be submitted at least four months in advance of the scheduled Board meeting. Upon receipt of a proposed project and application, WCB will review the application for compliance with program requirements. If the proposed project meets the program requirements, is consistent with and compliments the program guidelines and selection criteria, and sufficient money exists to fund the request, the project may be scheduled for Board consideration. Applicants will be notified as to when the project will be considered by the Board.