Funding under this section will be allocated for preservation of oak woodlands pursuant to the Oak Woodlands Conservation Act of 2001. The Act authorizes the WCB to purchase oak woodland conservation easements and provide grants for land improvements and restoration efforts. The Act requires that priority be given to grants that result in the purchase of oak woodland conservation easements. The Oak Woodlands Conservation Program offers landowners, conservation organizations, cities and counties, an opportunity to obtain funding for projects designed to conserve and restore California’s oak woodlands. Goals of the program are to:
- Projects will be reviewed for funding consideration after the County or City has prepared an Oak Woodlands Management Plan;
- All projects must be certified by the County or City as being consistent with the locally approved Oak Woodlands Management Plan.
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.