Since 1993, Sustainable Conservation has made it easier for California landowners to steward the resources we all depend on in ways that are just and make economic sense.
A sustainable water future for California that supports a thriving economy is achievable. But, a future in which nature and people have access to clean, affordable and reliable water is possible only by working with – not against – each other.
California boasts iconic plants and animals, some found nowhere else on the planet, but more than 350 of these species and their habitats are threatened 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 to public agencies, can do a lot to restore these damaged places.
We make it easier to restore our vital natural resources in a changing climate by partnering with government, NGOs and other restoration proponents to develop regulatory and policy incentives that accelerate the pace and scale of habitat restoration statewide. Our efforts help revive degraded waterways to boost clean water and habitat, and bring struggling species back from the brink.
California is an agriculture powerhouse, but feeding the nation means we also face challenges when it comes to keeping our vital drinking water supplies clean, our communities healthy and our groundwater supplies sustainable. 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 advances new approaches to producing food that boost clean water and support healthy communities – all while building healthier soils and bolstering the resiliency of California’s farming regions.
Waste Not Initiatives
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 our groundwater supplies are steadily declining.
Sustainable Conservation advances promising practices, incentives and policies to help achieve long-term water sustainability in California. Our efforts mean reliable, affordable and clean water for irrigating the crops that feed the nation, healthy communities, and vibrant waterways that support diverse wildlife.
Water for the Future Initiatives
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 and a healthy climate.
In partnership with Sand County Foundation and the California Farm Bureau Federation, Sustainable Conservation works annually to spotlight the extraordinary conservation ethos of these landowners to inspire future generations in their stewardship.
Since 1993, Sustainable Conservation has built an impressive track record of uniting people with diverse interests for conservation successes that endure. 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 and how we built the collaborative, just foundation from which we work today.