California Land Acquisition Program


The acquisition program is administered pursuant to the Board’s original enabling legislation, "The Wildlife Conservation Law of 1947" (Fish and Game Section 1300, et seq.) and land acquisition is a component of all Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) programs. The WCB acquires real property or rights in real property on behalf of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and can also grant funds to other governmental entities or nonprofit organizations to acquire real property or rights in real property.


All acquisitions are made on a "willing seller" basis pursuant to a fair market value appraisal as approved by the Department of General Services (DGS). The acquisition activities are carried out in conjunction with the CDFW, which generally entails CDFW evaluating the biological values of property through development of a Land Acquisition Evaluation (LAE; used for a single property) or Conceptual Area Protection Plan (CAPP; used for multiple properties). Once these evaluations are completed, they are submitted to CDFW’s Regional Operations Committee (ROC) for review and approval. If approved by the ROC, they are then sent to the WCB with a recommendation to fund. Concurrent to this the WCB contiounouslly meets with CDFW to help evaluate and set acquisition priorities as new opportunities present themselves.

For additional information on the CDFW land acquisition evaluation process (LAEs and CAPPs), please contact the CDFW regional office where the property is located.

Additional policies and requirements relevant to WCB acquisition programs, include:

Contact California Land Acquisition Program

Wildlife Conservation Board
1807 13th Street
Suite 103
Sacramento, California  95811
Phone: (916) 445-8448
Fax: (916) 323-0280


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • California

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