California Bill Would Incentivize “Conservation Ranching”

California Senate Bill 977 would establish the “California Conservation Ranching Incentive Program” and require the Wildlife Conservation Board to award block grants to eligible entities to “administer, plan, and implement local programs to enhance and restore California’s non-public rangelands, grazing lands, and grasslands by contracting with landowners or lessees for projects to implement conservation ranching practices.” The bill sets criteria for how grants should be administered and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Rules.