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

  • Request for Qualifications for Environmental Services-2017
    The California Coastal Conservancy anticipates a need for environmental, engineering, architectural, landscape architectural, and construction project management consulting services for Conservancy projects and programs over the next twelve months. The Conservancy seeks to identify individuals and firms providing these services. To submit your qualifications, please read the Request for Qualifications and complete the Consultant Questionnaire. […] (Read more on Request for Qualifications...)
  • Request for Services – ADA assistance
    The State Coastal Conservancy is seeking the services of a landscape architectural or architectural consultant or consulting team with a specialization in federal and state accessibility laws and associated design parameters. The consultant will assist the Conservancy in its efforts to ensure that it is taking all reasonable measures to avoid discrimination against persons with […] (Read more on Request for Services...)
  • Proposition 1 Grant Round – Bay Area Urban Greening Projects
    The Conservancy announces a new Proposition 1 Grant Solicitation focused on multi-benefit urban greening projects in the nine counties of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Through this grant round the Conservancy seeks to support urban greening projects that meaningfully enhance the ecological function of bay area creeks, watershed and wetlands. These are projects that provide at […] (Read more on Proposition 1 Grant...)
  • Climate Ready Webinar: Lessons-learned in Sea Level Rise Adaptation Planning
      The California State Coastal Conservancy hosted a webinar for 140 people on December 2, 2016 to share examples and lessons learned from some of our sea level rise adaptation planning projects. This webinar highlighted three case studies: - San Mateo (Hilary Papendick, San Mateo County) - Monterey Bay (Kelly Leo, The Nature Conservancy) - […] (Read more on Climate Ready Webinar:...)
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