County Hosts Land Management Assistance Workshop with Regional Partners
On January 26, 2022, the County of San Diego virtually hosted the inaugural Voluntary Conservation and Land Management Assistance Workshop. This event was co-sponsored by the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego County, United States Fish and Wildlife Services’ Partners for Fish and Wildlife, and University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The event was the first in what the County hopes to become an annual regional workshop with the goal of connecting property owners, farmers, land managers, and other organizations with existing funding opportunities, technical assistance, and organizations that support conservation efforts and sustainable land management practices. Through this one-stop-shop, the County and its partners hope to bring awareness to these programs and increase accessibility for those who may be interested in participating but may not have heard of these programs previously.
There were 11 different organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, and Zero Foodprint, that participated, highlighting 18 funding assistance programs separated into four categories: restoration, conservation & sustainability, planning, and fire safety.
An event workbook was composed with an overview and description of each funding assistance program including eligibility, available funding, how to apply, application deadline, and contact information. You can download the event workbook from the event website.
During the workshop, attendees were able to join breakout rooms for each of the above program categories and ask questions to the representatives for each program. Of the 125 individuals who registered for the event, over 50% were property owners and farmers. Representatives of various non-profit and local community organizations attended the workshop as well.
If you were unable to attend the workshop, you can watch the recording of the meeting introduction and overview of included programs on YouTube.
If you have any questions about this event, or would like your organization to participate in future workshops please contact Stephanie Neal at Stephanie.Neal@sdcounty.ca.gov.