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

  • Improve Your Grant Writing Skills
    On September 15, 2016, the Conservancy held a webinar for 150 people on how to Improve Your Grant Writing Skills. The training covered the following topics: Reviewing Grant Proposals – A funder’s perspective Grant Solicitations – Key strategies for success. How do you decide if a potential grant program is a good fit for your […] (Read more on Improve Your Grant...)
  • 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. Applicants might also consider applying to the California Coastal Commission’s “Whale Tail Grants” funding opportunity due on November […] (Read more on Explore the Coast...)
  • Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Eureka – September 29, 2016
    Douglas Bosco (Public Member), Chair Sara Ramirez Giroux (Public Member) Ann Notthoff (Public Member) John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources; Bryan Cash (Designated) Steve Kinsey, Coastal Commission Chair; Susan Hansch (Designated) Michael Cohen, Director, Department of Finance; Karen Finn (Designated) Senate Representatives Benjamin Allen (District 26) Anthony Cannella (District 12) Jerry Hill (District 13) Assembly […] (Read more on Coastal Conservancy Public...)
  • Request for Services: Ormond Beach Coastal Restoration and Public Access Plan
    Ormond Beach Coastal Restoration and Public Access Plan Request for Services  The California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) seeks the services of an environmental consultant firm (consultant) to develop a habitat restoration and public access plan for the Ormond Beach area.  The consultant will be selected based on the selection criteria listed below and will be under […] (Read more on Request for Services:...)
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