Conservation Project Opportunities
LandSmart Grazing Program - Phase III
We are happy to announce the application is officially open for Phase III of the LandSmart Grazing Program! Priority areas include multi-property and multi-beneficial projects in the areas most vulnerable to wildfire. Eligible participants include, but are not limited to, managers of properties:
- 8-20 acres for single properties or 8-100+ contiguous acres for multiple properties
- grassland, woodland, shrubland, agricultural lands (orchards, vineyards, etc.)
- at high risk of wildfire
- in close proximity to at-risk, disadvantaged or densely populated communities
- adjacent to key community evacuation routes or key infrastructure
- in an urban area or between urban and open space land
Rebates for this round will be for 85% of the project cost and is capped at $15,000.
- Link to the full description of this year’s program HERE.
- Link to the application for Land Participants is HERE.
- We are also accepting applications for Contract Grazers interested in being involved in the program. Link to the Grazer application is here.
- LandSmart Grazing Phase III Information – Webinar
- When: Wednesday, November 8th @ 11:30am – 12:30pm
- Where: Zoom – (https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUrdeqsrT0rE9Nozfl08PTdQNytIDs4AQLS)
- What: Sonoma and Gold Ridge RCD will be explaining Phase III of the program and provide information about the application process. We will also have time for questions and answers.
- LandSmart Grazing Phase III – FAQ
Conservation Agriculture Planning
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.
If you are interested, please fill out this form: Conservation Agriculture Planning Assistance — General Interest (google.com)
Technical Assistance for Project Development
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. All projects must include Activities supported by the Forest Health Program:
- Forest Fuels Reduction
- Prescribed Fire
- Pest Management
- Biomass Utilization
Proposals Accepted on a Rolling Basis Through November 1, 2023
If you are interested, please read more and apply here.
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Request for Qualifications, Proposals, and Bids
Request for Bids – Alliance Redwoods Water Conservation Project, Phase 2. The Gold Ridge RCD is seeking qualified bidders for construction of Phase 2 of the Alliance Redwoods project, which is expected to go to construction in the spring of 2024. A bid tour is scheduled for February 12, 2024. See the links below for RFB documentation and project plans and specifications.
Upcoming Construction Projects
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-823-5244.