Since 1993, Sustainable Conservation has made it easier for California landowners to steward the resources we all depend on, partnered with farmers on ways to enhance natural resources while saving money, and helped diverse industries become better stewards of the environment.

Accelerating Restoration

California boasts iconic plants and animals, some found nowhere else on the planet. More than 350 species and their habitats are threatened, however, because we’ve significantly altered the state’s landscapes. This includes the destruction of 90% of California’s riparian forests and ongoing pollution in a vast majority of waterways.

The good news is that all Californians, from private landowners to conservation groups and public agencies, can do a lot to restore these damaged places and bring species back from the brink. We make it easier for people and organizations to accelerate the pace of restoration, while also boosting our state’s water and climate resiliency, by simplifying the permitting process and incentivizing restoration statewide.

Waste Not

California is an agriculture powerhouse, but feeding the nation means we also face challenges to our water supplies and air quality. The state’s dairy industry is key to our vibrant economy, and dairy producers need help finding economical ways to manage their resources that also protect the environment.

Sustainable Conservation works with dairy farmers and industry stakeholders to test new technologies, advance solutions and inform smart policy so we can boost clean water supplies and improve our air quality while keeping the industry viable in California.

Water for the Future

California faces big challenges when it comes to our water supplies. Our limited and less reliable fresh water is being stretched to meet the needs of the environment, and growing urban and farming demands, while groundwater supplies are steadily declining.

Sustainable Conservation works with industry, government and conservation leaders to conserve, protect and replenish California’s most vulnerable water supplies. We do this by promoting technologies, incentivizing practices and advancing integrated water-management approaches. Together, we can sustain rural and urban communities, foster positive water partnerships, and keep our supplies bountiful for future generations.

PlantRight

Invasive plants damage California’s land and impact people. They reproduce quickly—outcompeting native plants and animals, increasing flooding risk, and escalating fire danger. Nearly 50% of all known invasive plants are of horticultural origin. That’s why collaborating with nursery professionals is key to solving this costly problem.

PlantRight unites a diverse alliance of horticultural industry leaders—including The Home Depot in California, Lowe’s, Orchard Supply Hardware, and local, independent garden centers—to protect our state’s unique biodiversity by promoting non-invasive alternatives.

Leopold Conservation Award

The Leopold Conservation Award celebrates the extraordinary efforts of California farmers, ranchers and foresters to protect and restore the natural resources under their care. Because more than half of California is privately owned, how landowners manage their properties has a dramatic and lasting effect on the environment – from clean air and water, to thriving wildlife to a healthy climate.

Past Initiatives

Since 1993, Sustainable Conservation has built an impressive track record of uniting people with diverse interests for conservation success. By listening deeply and honoring all perspectives, we’ve found common ground on which to forge a better path forward for our Golden State.

Find out more about our past successes.