The Wildlife Conservation Board's agricultural program is formally known as the Ecosystem Restoration on Agricultural Lands (ERAL) program. The intent of the funding is to assist landowners in developing wildlife friendly practices on their properties that can be sustained and co-exist with agricultural operations.
In California, a large number of wildlife species are dependent on privately owned agricultural lands for habitat. Agricultural lands can provide significant habitat and connectivity with protected wildlife areas.
In many cases agricultural landowners are willing to integrate wildlife habitat benefits into the management and operations of their properties, but lack the capital and/or expertise to implement these practices.
Who May Apply
Eligible applicants include nonprofit conservation organizations, and federal, state or local governmental agencies, including eligible resource conservation districts, agricultural land trusts and farm bureaus.
Grant Process and Application
Grant funding applications are accepted on a year-round basis. The WCB meets four times each year, normally in February, May, August, and November to consider approval of funding for projects.
While applications may be submitted throughout the year, WCB may need up to six months to review, prepare, and present proposals to the Board for funding consideration. Upon receipt of a project application, WCB staff will review the application for completeness and qualifications based on program criteria. The WCB will also assess the project in terms of funding sources, to determine if there are sufficient and appropriate funds available for the project. The WCB will communicate its determination back to the contact listed on the application, as to, if and when the project will be scheduled for Board consideration.
Contact Ecosystem Restoration on Agricultural Lands
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