Inland Wetlands Conservation Program

panoramic view of wetlands and Gray Lodge Ecological Reserve


The Inland Wetlands Conservation Program (IWCP) was created to assist the Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV) in its mission to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands and associated habitats. The CVJV, a partnership of twenty two public and private organizations and agencies, has identified through its Implementation Plan, specific goals to increase populations of the following bird groups:

  • Breeding and Non-breeding Waterfowl
  • Breeding and Non-breeding Shorebirds
  • Breeding and Non-breeding Waterbirds
  • Breeding Riparian Landbirds
  • Breeding Grassland-Oak Savannah Landbirds
  • At-Risk Bird Species

The IWCP jurisdiction matches that of the CVJV and includes most of the watershed of the Central Valley. The Implementation Plan (Plan) and the IWCP, however, continue to focus on the Central Valley floor, which extends approximately 400 miles from Red Bluff in the north to Bakersfield in the south and encompasses the following five planning regions, which together comprise the Plan's Primary Focus Area: Sacramento, Yolo-Delta, Suisun, San Joaquin and Tulare.

Eligible activities under this program include:

  • Acquisition of land or water for wetlands or wildlife friendly agriculture
  • Acquisition of conservation easements
  • Restoration of public or private lands
  • Enhancement of existing degraded habitats

Wildlife Conservation Board
Physical Address: 715 P Street, 17th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
Mailing Address: Wildlife Conservation Board c/o CDFW, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
(916) 445-8448 | Contact WCB