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.

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

  • Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Carmel – December 3, 2015
    Douglas Bosco (Public Member), Chair Sara Ramirez Giroux (Public Member) Ann Notthoff (Public Member) Peter Sadowski (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 […] (Read more on Coastal Conservancy Public...)
  • Initial 100 Year CoSMoS Results Released!
    We are pleased to announce that the initial 100 year storm results from the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) are now available for download for the Los Angeles region. The Coastal Conservancy funded this project to provide the most complete information on the likely impacts of storms, combined with other factors such as tides, […] (Read more on Initial 100 Year...)
  • Job Announcement: Chief Counsel I CEA position
    Final Filing Date: November 20, 2015 The State Coastal Conservancy is pleased to announce a job opening for its Chief Counsel I CEA position. Please see the job announcement for the job description and how to apply. (Read more on Job Announcement: Chief...)
  • Proposition 1 Grants
    The Coastal Conservancy announces Round 2 of its grant program using Proposition 1 bond funds. For this second competitive grant round, the Conservancy invites project proposals that will protect and enhance anadromous fish habitat. Link to the complete Proposal Solicitation.  A Word version of the application is available here. Proposals for Round 2 are due […] (Read more on Proposition 1 Grants...)
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