LandSmart™ was developed by the Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD), Napa County RCD, Mendocino County RCD, and Gold Ridge RCD in collaboration with the USDA NRCS, land managers, and other resource agencies. Through grants from the California State Coastal Conservancy, the Department of Conservation, and the Strategic Growth Council, we are currently in the process of integrating a carbon farm planning component into LandSmart™ plans. This regional conservation planning program is applicable to a diversity of land uses, including rangelands, vineyards, orchards, and forestlands.

The new carbon farm planning component provides a mechanism for identifying practices that would allow agricultural operations to increase carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through practices that provide multiple benefits for climate change resiliency by reducing atmospheric CO2 levels, improving soil health and water holding capacity, crop and forage production, and habitat for pollinators and wildlife.