Ecosystem Restoration and Agricultural Lands

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The intent of the Ecosystem Restoration and Agricultural Lands program is to collaborate with the agricultural community in identifying and implementing projects that provide long-term habitat benefits for wildlife, consistent with landowner objectives, including economic sustainability, and have the potential for replication on a statewide scale.


In many cases agricultural landowners are willing to integrate wildlife habitat benefits into the management and operations of their properties but lack the capital and/or expertise to implement these practices.ERAL Program project criteria:• All projects must be located on privately owned, agricultural land where agriculture is a major land-use activity, and there is a willing property owner.• All projects must provide on-site habitat benefits to wildlife.• All projects must be durable and include a long-term management plan and agreement that ensures that habitat features will remain on the landscape for a time period commensurate with wildlife population needs (a standard agreement is at least 25 years).Examples of eligible project activities include, but are not limited to:• Habitat restoration and enhancement of water corridors, streams, ditches, canals, tail water and return basins and ponds on agricultural lands.• Vegetated filler strips, hedgerows and other wildlife buffers.• Development of wetland areas.• Riparian and floodplain restoration.• Fencing to protect and enhance native habitats.• Restoration and enhancement of native grasslands.• Agricultural habitat management activities that provide significant environmental co-benefits including water quality improvements, carbon sequestration, etc.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible Geographies:


Matching Funding Requirement:

Cost share is not required but may be beneficial, in particular to complete a larger project. Applications with higher proportions of secured cost share contribution towards total project cost will score more points through the “Cost Share” application evaluation criterion.

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2-4 year grant terms

Funding Details

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  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Currently, there are no specific funds assigned to this program. However, WCB will consider general funding sources to support this program.

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  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
James Croft, 1-916-926-7523,