About the Conservancy

Explore the Coast

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Our Mission
The Coastal Conservancy acts with others to preserve, protect, and restore the resources of the California coast, ocean, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Our vision is of a beautiful, restored, and accessible coastline, ocean and San Francisco Bay Area.

The Coastal Conservancy is a state agency, established in 1976, to protect and improve natural lands and waterways, to help people get to and enjoy the outdoors, and to sustain local economies along California’s coast. The Conservancy is a non-regulatory agency that supports projects to protect coastal resources and increase opportunities for the public to enjoy the coast. The Conservancy implements statewide resource plans through its projects, including the California Water Action Plan, the Wildlife Action Plan, and many others. The Conservancy works along the entire length of California’s coast and within the watersheds of rivers and streams that extend inland from the coast. The Coastal Conservancy also works throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and the entire Santa Ana River watershed. A map of the Conservancy’s jurisdiction is posted here.

The Conservancy provides technical assistance and grant funding to local communities, nonprofit organizations, other government agencies, businesses, and private landowners to implement multi-benefit projects that:

  • protect the natural and scenic beauty of the coast
  • enhance wildlife habitat
  • help the public to get to and enjoy beaches and parklands
  • keep farmland and timberlands in production
  • improve water quality
  • revitalize working waterfronts
  • prepare communities for the impacts of climate change

The Conservancy has played a critical role in shaping California’s coastal landscape as we know it today. Since its creation, the Conservancy has built hundreds of miles of trails and preserved hundreds of thousands of acres of wildlife habitat, coastal farmland, and scenic open space. Many of the most-loved scenic, natural, and recreational resources of the California coast and the San Francisco Bay Area have been protected by the work of the Conservancy and its many partners.

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Latest News

  • Explore the Coast Grants Available
    The Conservancy is offering competitive grants to fund projects that facilitate and enhance the public’s opportunities to “Explore the Coast.”  The Proposal Solicitation & Grant Application are now available and applications are due on October 7, 2016. (Read more on Explore the Coast...)
  • Executive Secretary II
      Executive Secretary II The State Coastal Conservancy has a job vacancy for Executive Secretary II. Please follow the link to the SCC’s job bulletin page on the CalHR website for information on how to apply. https://www.jobs.ca.gov/Public/JobVacancySearch.aspx?DepartmentCode=1799 (Read more on Executive Secretary II...)
  • Conservancy Project Development Analyst I
    Conservancy Project Development Analyst I The State Coastal Conservancy has a job vacancy for Conservancy Project Development Analyst I . Please follow the link to the SCC’s job bulletin page on the CalHR website for information on how to apply. https://www.jobs.ca.gov/Public/JobVacancySearch.aspx?DepartmentCode=1799 (Read more on Conservancy Project Development...)
  • Proposition 1 Grant Solicitation
    The Conservancy announces a new Proposition 1 grant solicitation.  The grant solicitation and application information is posted here.  Applications will be accepted for projects consistent with Chapter 6 of Proposition 1 and the Conservancy’s Strategic Plan.  Applications are due October 3, 2016. (Read more on Proposition 1 Grant...)
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