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Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program

SALC Winter 2021 Webinars

The SALC Committee is also offering two opportunities for members of the community to learn more about Conservation Easements from representatives of Anderson Valley Land Trust, Inland Mendocino Land Trust, and Mendocino Land Trust.

March 22: 6:30-8 pm
Conservation Easements: An Introduction

  • Alan Nicholson, Inland Mendocino County Land Trust
  • Barbara Goodell, Anderson Valley Land Trust
  • Larry Turner, Mendocino Land Trust

March 24: 6:30-8 pm
Conservation Easements in Depth: Answering Your Questions and Planning for the Future

  • Tom Scharffenberger, Scharffenberger Land Planning & Design
  • Alan Nicholson, Inland Mendocino County Land Trust
  • Barbara Goodell, Anderson Valley Land Trust
  • Larry Turner, Mendocino Land Trust

Register in advance: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMuceGoqDgvHNS26iWN9iQVRlFIjnwUJlsY

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Sustainable Ag Lands Conservation (SALC) Committee offered two opportunities for members of the community to learn more about the CA Land Conservation Act, more commonly known as the Williamson Act.

See the Resources at the bottom of the page for the recordings and information shared during the presentations.

 

In 2015, the Mendocino County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office and MCRCD were awarded funding through the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) to help Mendocino County prepare a Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Plan. Program elements included:

⦁ 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.

In 2020, the Mendocino County Department of Agriculture was awarded a DOC and SGC Agricultural Land Conservation Planning grant to build upon the efforts started in 2015. The Mendocino County Sustainable Ag Lands Committee (the project team) consists of the Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, MCRCD, a representative from the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, Mendocino Land Trust, Inland Mendocino Land Trust, Anderson Valley Land Trust, Mendocino Local Agency Formation Commission, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Mendocino County Farm Bureau, and local farmers and residents. The goals of this project are to protect valuable agricultural lands while also supporting sustainable housing development and to build a sustainable and resilient agricultural community through promotion of climate beneficial farming practices that sequester carbon and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Current project objectives include:

⦁ Develop an agricultural component for the Mendocino County Climate Action Plan.

⦁ Expand the Carbon Farm Planning Program and local Soil Health Initiative.

⦁ Increase participation in Williamson Act and Conservation Easement programs.

⦁ Increase communication with diverse stakeholders regarding the coalescence of agricultural land conservation and sustainable housing development.

SALC is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. For more information, visit California Climate Investments.