California’s natural and working lands comprise three-quarters of the land base statewide. These lands provide food, fiber, and a variety of ecosystem services including important opportunities for climate mitigation that reduce GHG emissions from wildfire and land conversion, and store carbon in biomass and soils.
In addition, investments in organic waste management and waste diversion reduce GHG emissions as well as criteria and toxic air pollutants by reducing the amount of municipal solid waste that is disposed of in landfills. Investments in natural resources and waste diversion can also help protect against the impacts of future climate change.
The program was administered in two Phases: Phase I provided $11.1 million for digester development grants to implement dairy digesters that reduce methane emissions from dairy manure in California and Phase II provided $225,000 for research and demonstration projects to study and facilitate changes in manure management practices at California dairies that will directly result in GHG emission reductions. Recipients of these funds were California dairy producers and dairy digester development and implementation businesses (Phase I) and California research universities and non-profit organizations (Phase II).
This new program will provide financial incentives to implement on-farm management practices that will build soil carbon and reduce agricultural GHG emissions, through direct incentives to farmers and ranchers, as well as demonstration projects. Farmers and ranchers (incentives) and partnerships between agricultural operations/industry groups, academia, non-profit organizations and/or resource conservation districts (demonstration projects) will be eligible to apply for funds.
Funds forest health restoration and reforestation projects statewide and implements urban forestry projects to increase carbon sequestration and provide benefits to disadvantaged communities. The Sustainable Forests program is comprised of two sub-programs: Forest Health and Urban and Community Forestry.
Offers funding to assist public and private entities in the safe and effective management of the waste stream. Investments support financial incentives for capital investments in composting/anaerobic digestion infrastructure and recycling manufacturing facilities that divert waste from landfills. The program is comprised of four subprograms: Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grants (new in FY 2016-17), Organics and Recycling Manufacturing Loans, Organics Grants, and Recycling Manufacturing Grants.
Funds projects that provide carbon sequestration bene fits, including restoration of wetlands, coastal watersheds and mountain meadows. In addition to furthering the goals of AB 32, these types of projects are integral to developing a more sustainable water management system statewide.