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Mitigation Land Management and Endowments

On September 28, 2012, the Governor signed link opens in new windowSB 1094 into law amending link opens in new windowGovernment Code sections 65965-65968, which, among other things, expanded authorization for holding mitigation lands and modified the requirements for mitigation endowments.


When CDFW issues permits for a project, the project applicant may be required to transfer an interest in real property to CDFW or to another entity to mitigate the impact that the project will have on fish and wildlife resources. That interest in real property may involve a transfer of fee title, the granting of a conservation easement, or both.

CDFW is required to exercise due diligence when approving any non-profit organizations, governmental entity, or special district to hold a conservation easement or manage mitigation lands (Gov. Code, § 65967). In addition, pursuant to its regulatory authority to ensure that any impacts of a taking of a listed species are minimized and fully mitigated (Fish & G. Code § 2081, subd. (b)(2)), CDFW also conducts a due diligence process for any other individuals and entities that seek to hold conservation easements or manage mitigation lands.

Entities seeking to hold conservation easements or manage mitigation lands must complete and submit to CDFW the "Application to Hold and Manage Mitigation Land" below:

Below is a list of entities that are authorized to hold and manage mitigation lands.

Third Party (registered name) Link to Organization Authorized in Region(s)
Agricultural-Natural Resources Trust of Contra Costa County link opens in new windowag-trust.org Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Alameda County Resource Conservation District  link opens in new windowacrcd.org Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Antelope Valley Conservancy link opens in new windowavconservancy.org Regions 4, 5 & 6
Back Country Land Trust link opens in new windowbackcountrylandtrust.org Region 5 - South Coast Region
Cache Creek Conservancy link opens in new windowcachecreekconcervancy.org Region 2 - North Central Region
California Open Lands link opens in new windowwww.californiaopenlands.org Regions 1 & 2
California Rangeland Trust link opens in new windowrangelandtrust.org Statewide
California Waterfowl Association link opens in new windowcalwaterfowl.org Region 2 - North Central Region
Center for Natural Lands Management link opens in new windowcnlm.org Statewide
East Bay Regional Park District ebpark.org   Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
East Bay Municipal Utility District link opens in new windowebmud.com Regions 1 & 2
Fallbrook Land Conservancy link opens in new windowfallbrooklandconservancy.org Region 5 - South Coast Region
Golden State Land Conservancy link opens in new windowgslc.us Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Inland Empire Resource Conservation District link opens in new windowwww.iercd.org Region 6 - Inlands Deserts Region
Land Trust for Santa Barbara County link opens in new windowwww.sblandtrust.org/
Region 5 - South Coast Region
Mendocino County Resources Conservation District link opens in new windowmcrcd.org Region 1 - North Coast Region
Mojave Desert Land Trust link opens in new windowmojavedesertlandtrust.org Region 6 - Inlands Deserts Region
Mountain Restoration Trust link opens in new windowmountainstrust.org Region 5 - South Coast Region
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority link opens in new windowmrca.ca.gov Region 5 - South Coast Region
Muir Heritage Land Trust link opens in new windowjmlt.org Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Natomas Basin Conservancy link opens in new windownatomasbasin.org Region 2 - North Central Region
Northern California Regional Land Trust link opens in new windowlandconservation.org Region 2 - North Central Region
Placer Land Trust link opens in new windowwww.placerlandtrust.org Region 2 - North Central Region
Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District link opens in new windowwww.rsrpd.org Region 5 - South Coast Regions
Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District link opens in new windowrcrcd.com Region 6 - Inlands Deserts Region
Rivers & Lands Conservancy link opens in new windowriversidelandconservancy.org Regions 4, 5 & 6.
Sacramento Valley Conservancy link opens in new windowsacramentovalleyconservancy.org Region 2 - North Central Region
San Bernardino Valley Conservation Trust link opens in new windowhttp://sites.google.com/site/sbvctrust Region 6 - Inlands Deserts Region
San Diego Habitat Conservancy link opens in new windowsdhabitat.org Regions 5 & 6. 
San Gabriel Mountains Regional County link opens in new windowwww.sgmrc.org Region 5 - South Coast Region
San Jacinto Basin Resource Conservation District (951) 654-7733 Region 6 - Inlands Deserts Region
Santa Clara Open Space Authority link opens in new windowwww.oenspaceauthority.org Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Save Mount Diablo links open in new windowwww.savemountdiablo.org Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Sequoia Riverlands Trust link opens in new windowsequoiariverlands.org Region 4 - Central Region
Sierra Foothill Conservancy  link opens in new windowwww.sierrafoothill.org Region 4 - Central Region 
Solano Land Trust link opens in new windowsolanolandtrust.org Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Southwest Resource Management Association link opens in new windowwww.onprofitfacts.com/CA/Southwest-Resource-Management-Association.html Regions 4, 5, & 6
Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust links open in new window www.sutterbutteslandtrust.org Region 2 - North Central Region
Transition Habitat Conservancy link opens in new windowwww.transitionhabitat.org Regions 5 & 6
Tri Valley Conservancy link opens in new windowtrivalleyconservancy.org Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Urban Corps of San Diego County link opens in new windowwww.urbancorpssd.org Region 5 - South Coast Region
Wildlife Heritage Foundation link opens in new windowwildlifeheritage.org Statewide
Yolo Land Trust link opens in new windowtheyololandtrust.org Regions 2 & 3


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