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Conservation Project Opportunities

Gold Ridge RCD was awarded $225,000 in funding through The Conservation Agriculture Planning Grant Program (CAPGP). This funding is allocated towards the development of various types of agricultural conservation plans related to the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) programs. CSA addresses risks that climate change poses to agriculture, including but not limited to, drought, uncertain water availability, increased temperatures, and increased pest pressures. The plans will promote CSA efforts helping to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, support agricultural adaptation to climate change impacts, and foster environmental and agricultural sustainability. The CAPGP funds the development of plans, not the implementation of those plans. The Gold Ridge RCD will provide technical assistance to agricultural landowners for the development of these plans.

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The North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) is pleased to offer Technical Assistance for project development, prioritizing Tribes and economically disadvantaged communities, to support grant applications to the CAL FIRE Forest Health Pilot Program.

Direct technical assistance for project development will be made available via this request for proposals solicitation. The Technical Assistance will support grant applications for the NCRP CAL FIRE Forest Health Pilot grant program and will target the development of large, multi-benefit forest resiliency projects in priority project areas identified by the North Coast Forest Health screening assessment. Technical assistance may include activities such as:

  • preliminary project design/planning,
  • site assessment,
  • mapping and GIS analysis,
  • permitting,
  • environmental compliance,
  • project benefits quantification, and
  • cost estimates.

All projects must include activities supported by the Forest Health Program:

  • Forest Fuels Reduction
  • Prescribed Fire
  • Pest Management
  • Reforestation
  • Biomass Utilization

Proposals Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through May 1, 2024. Quarterly deadlines are February 1, May 1, August 1 and November 1. 

If you are interested, please read more and apply here.

As a member of a grazing co-operative, you are qualified to request funds from our funding that is available for materials to promote the growth and sustainability of your grazing project.  This is a non-competitive, ‘first come, first serve’ program which will be funded by the Gold Ridge and Sonoma Resource Conservation Districts to a maximum of $3,500.  You must meet grant requirements and be notified by the RCD that your project was funded before purchasing materials.

The purpose of this program is to support and increase the capacity of community grazing co-operatives within Sonoma County. You will need to be able to communicate how this grant will increase your capacity to sustain or expand your cooperative grazing project. Once notified that your application is approved you will need to provide invoice with your receipts attached for your purchase(s) along with your W9 (https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf), Gold Ridge RCD will reimburse your costs up to $3,500.  If fronting costs for materials is a financial hardship please reach out to your RCD staff to talk about options.

Deadline to submit your application for this funding is Wednesday, July 31, 2024, but we encourage applying as soon as possible given that awards will be on a first come, first serve basis.  Invoice with receipts and W9 is due Friday, October 11, 2024. It may take the RCD up to 60 days to process reimbursement.

Items funded by this program need to have a purchase date after we approve your application. Materials purchased need to clearly increase capacity to graze and support your ability to steward the land. RCD staff may request to visit your cooperative to see how materials are supporting your grazing project and review your project.

This program is possible due to funding from the Sonoma County Ag + Open Space Vegetation Management Grant Program. In 2020, County of Sonoma and PG&E reach a settlement agreement allocating $149 million to Sonoma County entities.
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Design is complete on the Lower Green Valley Creek Off-Channel Habitat Enhancement Project, and project permitting is in progress. The Gold Ridge RCD will soon be seeking bids for construction from qualified contractors. See the links below for project plans and specifications.

IHOC 100% plans complete 20231030

Iron Horse Habitat Enhancement Specifications 2019.12.12

Civil Rights Notice

The Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in its programs or activities. For inquiries contact Executive Director, Brittany Jensen at brittany@goldridgercd.org or 707-823-5244.