LandSmart® On-the-Ground

LandSmart® On-the-Ground helps grape growers, ranchers and other land managers improve water quality and wildlife habitat on their property. Although LandSmart® is a new program, in practice the RCDs have been working with land managers for decades to implement “smart” conservation projects. On-the-Ground projects achieve resource and land management goals.


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What types of On-the-Ground projects does LandSmart® support?

  • Reduce sediment delivery to stream systems via rain and stormwater runoff
  • Provide flood protection by attenuating runoff and reducing hydromodification
  • Improve upland and aquatic habitat
  • Improve fish passage
  • Adapt to climate change
  • Improve water use efficiency
  • Assist landowners in complying with adopted TMDLs, associated waivers of waste discharge, and other regulatory programs
  • Control erosion and soil loss
  • Promote soil health
  • Increase land productivity
  • Reduce regular maintenance tasks
  • Reduce pest pressure
  • Beautify property

How does LandSmart® On-the-Ground achieve resource and land management goals?

The RCDs, in partnership with technical experts, assist land managers with project prioritization, project funding (especially via NRCS-EQIP), designs, CEQA, permitting, project oversight, and contractor oversight, when contractors are necessary for implementation. The RCDs may also offer educational workshops for landowners regarding best management practices, and provide local youth and volunteer groups with opportunities to assist with restoration projects.


Before and after fish barrier (flashboard dam) removal and riparian habitat improvements

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