The principal objective of ALMP is the establishment of agricultural conservation easements in furtherance of the mitigation measure set out in the Authority-approved Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plans for the high speed rail (HSR) project. The goal is to protect agricultural land of equivalent quality and acreage near HSR project’s alignment, stations, and maintenance facilities at a replacement ratio of not less than 1:1.
The Agricultural Land Mitigation Program (ALMP) provides grant funding for the purchase of agricultural conservation easements on farmland within Fresno, Madera, Merced, Kern, Kings, or Tulare counties. Interested landowners must partner with an eligible applicant, such as a land trust, city, county, resource conservation district, or regional park or open-space district. The farmland must contain predominately Prime Farmland, Farmland of Statewide Importance, Farmland of Local Importance, and Unique Farmland, as identified by the Department of Conservation's Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program. Grants will be awarded to cover up to 100 percent of the value of the agricultural conservation easement.
Because the easement grant application process entails a significant amount of work, applicants are required to submit a pre-proposal to the Department prior to submitting an application.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Cities, counties, nonprofit organizations, resource conservation districts, regional park or open-space districts, regional park or open-space authorities, and California Native American tribes, as identified in Civil Code 815.3, are eligible to apply for funding. See guidelines for more details on eligible applicants.
Easement grants will only be provided to fund the purchase of agricultural conservation easements in Fresno, Madera, Merced, Kern, Kings or Tulare counties.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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