About the Conservancy

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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

  • Proposition 1 Grants
    The Conservancy has released the Proposal Solicitation for the next round Prop 1 grants. These grants fund multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects. Priority project types include: water sustainability improvements, anadromous fish habitat enhancement, wetland restoration and urban greening. Grant applications are due to the Coastal Conservancy on March 31, 2016. Applicants must […] (Read more on Proposition 1 Grants...)
  • Coastal Conservancy Moves Forward with Ecosystem Funding
    January, 2016 Ten projects to protect and restore coastal habitats and coastal watersheds up and down the State of California will be recommended to the board of the State Coastal Conservancy as part of the first round of funding from the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1). These projects, detailed […] (Read more on Coastal Conservancy Moves...)
  • Leadership Conversation on Green Infrastructure
    Join us Friday, January 22 for a one-day leadership conversation on multiple-benefit green infrastructure. This event is going to highlight innovative projects in Los Angeles County and identify opportunities to integrate urban greening efforts and scale implementation. This discussion will convene national green infrastructure experts, state legislators, local policymakers, practitioners, and community leaders to consider […] (Read more on Leadership Conversation on...)
  • Job Announcement: Conservancy Project Development Specialist
    Final filing date is February 11, 2016. The State Coastal Conservancy is pleased to announce a job opening for Conservancy Project Development Specialist. For more details about the position and how to apply, please refer to the posting found here: scc.ca.gov/webmaster/ftp/pdf/job_bulletins/cpds_job_announcement_jan_2016.pdf (Read more on Job Announcement: Conservancy...)
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