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.

Pursuant to the 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 shall exercise due diligence when reviewing the qualifications of an entity seeking to hold conservation easements and/or manage and steward mitigation lands.

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

Below is a list of entities that are qualified to hold conservation easements and/or manage and steward mitigation land

Third Party (registered name) Link to Organization Manage
Mitigation Land
Hold CE Authorized in Region(s)
Agricultural-Natural Resources Trust link opens in new windowag-trust.org X X Regions 2 & 3
Alameda County Resource Conservation District link opens in new windowacrcd.org X X Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Antelope Valley Conservancy link opens in new windowavconservancy.org X X Regions 4, 5 & 6
Big Sur Land Trust link opens in new windowbigsurlandtrust.org/ X X Region 4 - Central Region
Cache Creek Conservancy link opens in new windowcachecreekconcervancy.org X - Region 2 - North Central Region
California Open Lands link opens in new windowwww.californiaopenlands.org X X Regions 1 & 2
California Rangeland Trust link opens in new windowrangelandtrust.org X X Statewide
California Waterfowl Association link opens in new windowcalwaterfowl.org X X Regions 1 - 6
Center for Natural Lands Management link opens in new windowcnlm.org X X Statewide
City of Carlsbad link opens in new windowwww.carlsbadca.gov X X Region 5 - South Coast Region
Coachella Valley Conservation Commission link opens in new windowwww.cvmshcp.org X X Region 6 - Inland Deserts Region
Desert and Mountains Conservation Authority link opens in new windowwww.dmca.ca.gov - X Region 5 - South Coast Region
East Bay Regional Park District link opens in new windowebparks.org X X Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Elkhorn Slough Foundation link opens in new windowelkhornslough.org X - Region 4 - Central Region
Fallbrook Land Conservancy link opens in new windowfallbrooklandconservancy.org X X Region 5 & 6
Golden State Land Conservancy link opens in new windowgslc.us X X Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Inland Empire Resource Conservation District link opens in new windowwww.iercd.org X X Region 6 - Inland Deserts Region
Laguna Canyon Foundation link opens in new windowlagunacanyon.org X - Region 5 - South Coast Region
Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation link opens in new windowlagunafoundation.org X - Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Land Trust for Santa Barbara County link opens in new windowwww.sblandtrust.org/
X X Region 5 - South Coast Region
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works link opens in new windowdpw.lacounty.gov X X Region 5 - South Coast Region
Lyons Companies link opens in new windowwww.spcmb.com X - Region 6 - Inland Deserts Region
Mojave Desert Land Trust link opens in new windowmojavedesertlandtrust.org X X Region 6 - Inland Deserts Region
Mountain Restoration Trust link opens in new windowmountainstrust.org X X Region 5 - South Coast Region
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority link opens in new windowmrca.ca.gov X X Region 5 - South Coast Region
Natomas Basin Conservancy link opens in new windownatomasbasin.org X X Region 2 - North Central Region
Northern California Regional Land Trust link opens in new windowlandconservation.org X X Regions 1 & 2
Placer Land Trust link opens in new windowwww.placerlandtrust.org X X Region 2 - North Central Region
Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District link opens in new windowwww.rsrpd.org X X Region 5 - South Coast Regions
Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District link opens in new windowrcrcd.com X X Region 6 - Inland Deserts Region
Rivers & Lands Conservancy link opens in new windowriversidelandconservancy.org X X Regions 4, 5 & 6
Sacramento Valley Conservancy link opens in new windowsacramentovalleyconservancy.org X X Regions 2 & 3
San Bernardino Valley Conservation Trust link opens in new windowhttp://sites.google.com/site/sbvctrust X X Region 6 - Inland Deserts Region
San Diego Habitat Conservancy link opens in new windowsdhabitat.org X X Regions 5 & 6
San Jacinto Basin Resource Conservation District (951) 654-7733 X X Region 6 - Inland Deserts Region
Santa Clara Open Space Authority link opens in new windowwww.oenspaceauthority.org X X Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Save Mount Diablo links open in new windowwww.savemountdiablo.org X X Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Sequoia Riverlands Trust link opens in new windowsequoiariverlands.org X X Region 4 - Central Region
Sierra Foothill Conservancy link opens in new windowwww.sierrafoothill.org X X Region 4 - Central Region
Southwest Resource Management Association link opens in new windowwww.onprofitfacts.com/CA/Southwest-Resource-Management-Association.html X X Regions 4, 5, & 6
Stanford Habitat Conservation Board link opens in new windowhcp.stanford.edu/ X X Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Sutter Buttes Regional Land Trust links open in new windowwww.sutterbutteslandtrust.org X X Region 2 - North Central Region
Tejon Ranch Conservancy links open in new windowwww.tejonranchconservancy.org X X Regions 4 & 5
Transition Habitat Conservancy link opens in new windowwww.transitionhabitat.org X X Regions 5 & 6
Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority
link opens in new windowwrc-rca.org X X Region 6 - Inland Deserts Region
Yolo Land Trust link opens in new windowtheyololandtrust.org X X Regions 2 & 3