Inland Wetland Conservation Program


The Inland Wetlands Conservation Program (IWCP) was created to assist the Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV) in its mission is to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands and associated habitats. The CVJV, a partnership of twenty two public and private organizations and agencies, has identified through its Implementation Plan specific goals to increase populations of six bird groups: wintering waterfowl, breeding waterfowl, non-breeding shorebirds, breeding shorebirds, waterbirds, and breeding riparian songbirds. The IWCP has a wide range of options to accomplish these goals, including acquisitions of land or water for wetlands or wildlife friendly agriculture, acquisition of conservation easements, restoration of public or private lands, or enhancement of existing degraded habitats. In addition, the program will work toward providing long term reliable water for wetlands and winter-flooded agricultural lands.

The IWCP jurisdiction matches that of the CVJV, and includes most of the watershed of the Central Valley. The Implementation Plan and the IWCP, however, continue to focus on the Central Valley floor, which extends approximately 400 miles from Red Bluff in the north to Bakersfield in the south and encompasses the following nine basins: Butte, Colusa, Sutter, Yolo, American, Suisun Marsh, Delta, San Joaquin, and Tulare.

Who May Apply


The WCB, through the IWCP, is authorized to award grants to nonprofit organizations [501(c)(3)], local governmental agencies, and state departments to restore and enhance wetlands.

Grant Process and Application

WCB meets four times a year, typically in February, May, August and November. Processing time for applications can vary depending on completeness of the application, project benefits, and funding availability. Allow a minimum of six months from submittal of application to project approval.

Applications should be sent to: 
John P. Donnelly, Executive Director
Wildlife Conservation Board
1807 13th Street, Suite 103
Sacramento, California 95814-7117

WCB will accept proposals on a continuous basis, and will notify applicants about whether or not the proposal is acceptable or complete. All proposals will be evaluated with assistance from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. If a proposed project is accepted, and funding is available, a grant agreement or contract will be prepared for the applicant, and the proposal will be scheduled for consideration at a future WCB meeting.

Contact Inland Wetland Conservation Program

Wildlife Conservation Board
1807 13th Street
Suite 103
Sacramento, California  95814
Phone: (916) 323-8979


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • California

Office Locaters

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