In 2015, the Mendocino County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and MCRCD were awarded funding through the Department of Conservation and the Strategic Growth Council to help Mendocino County prepare a Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Plan. Program elements include:
⦁ Prioritizing agricultural conservation values such as important farmlands, agricultural lands at risk of conversion to non-agricultural use, and agricultural lands with high natural resource and habitat values.
⦁ Identifying and addressing barriers to participation in agricultural preservation programs such as agricultural conservation easements and farmland mitigation programs.
⦁ Providing technical assistance to the agricultural community to build climate change resiliency.