About the Conservancy

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Our Mission
Our vision is of a beautiful, restored, and accessible coast for current and future Californians. We act with others to protect and restore, and increase public access to, California’s coast, ocean, coastal watersheds and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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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.

 

Conservancy Staff – All staff can be reached at 510-286-1015

 

Enabling Legislation – California Public Resources Code, Division 21

 

Accomplishments – Serving those interested in enjoying, improving, and protecting the natural resources of our coast

 

Strategic Plan – We develop a Strategic Plan that identifies specific goals to guide the Conservancy’s work

 

Regional & Statewide Plans – Plans and policies that implement priorities and are consistent with Coastal Conservancy objectives

 

Financial Reports – Annual financial reports on past year expenditures and agency funding

 

FAQ – What is the Coastal Conservancy? What does the Coastal Conservancy do?

Latest News

  • Job Posting: Bay Area Deputy Program Manager
    “Love San Francisco Bay, the environment, and managing people? This might be the job for you!”   The position is located in Oakland, CA. Applications received without ALL the required items (state application std. 678, copy of diploma and/or transcripts, cover letter and SOQ), will NOT receive further consideration for this position. This advertisement will be used for […] (Read more on Job Posting: Bay...)
  • Job Posting: Project Development Analyst (Limited Term/Full Time)
    “Love the California coast and the environment?  This might be the job for you!” The position headquarters is located in Oakland, CA. Applications received without ALL the required items (state application std. 678, copy of diploma and/or transcripts, and cover letter), will NOT receive further consideration for this position. This position is advertised as limited-term/full-time but may become permanent/full-time. […] (Read more on Job Posting: Project...)
  • Job Posting: Executive Officer
    Executive Officer/California Coastal Conservancy  The State Coastal Conservancy is seeking a new Executive Officer. This is an exciting and rare opportunity for an experienced professional to lead an organization’s efforts to protect, restore, protect and improve natural lands and waterways and increase access to the coast for families and individuals in California.   Mission Statement […] (Read more on Job Posting: Executive...)
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