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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 interest in real property to CDFW to mitigate the impact that the project will have on fish and wildlife resources. CDFW may authorize non-profit organizations, governmental entities, and special districts to hold title and manage the mitigation lands (Gov. Code, § 65967).

CDFW is required to conduct due diligence when approving non-profit organizations, governmental entities, and special districts to hold and manage mitigation lands. Specifically, Government Code section 65967 states, “[a] state or local agency shall exercise due diligence in reviewing the qualifications of a governmental entity, special district, or nonprofit organization to effectively manage and steward land, water, or natural resources.”

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
Antelope Valley Conservancy link opens in new windowavconservancy.org Regions 5 & 6. Pending review in R4
Back Country Land Trust link opens in new windowbackcountrylandtrust.org Region 5 - South Coast Region
California Open Lands  link opens in new windowwww.californiaopenlands.org Region 1 & 2
California Rangeland Trust link opens in new windowrangelandtrust.org Region 2 - North Central Region
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
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
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
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
Placer Land Trust link opens in new windowwww.placerlandtrust.org Region 2 - North Central Region
Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District link opens in new windowrcrcd.com Region 6 - Inlands Deserts Region
Riverside Land Conservancy link opens in new windowriversidelandconservancy.org Regions 5 & 6. Pending review in R4
San Diego Habitat Conservancy link opens in new windowsdhabitat.org Region 5 - South Coast Region.  Pending review in R4 & R6
San Jacinto Basin Resource Conservation District (951) 654-7733 Region 6 - Inlands Deserts 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   Regions 5 & 6. Pending review in R4
Tri Valley Conservancy link opens in new windowtrivalleyconservancy.org Region 3 - Bay Delta Region
Wildlife Heritage Foundation link opens in new windowwildlifeheritage.org Statewide
Yolo Land Trust  link opens in new windowtheyololandtrust.org Region 2 & 3


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