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Priority Conservation Areas

PCAs are locations designated for the protection of natural habitats and the preservation of open space for future generations.

This includes farming, ranching, recreational and resource lands.

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Farmlands are eligible for protection as a Priority Conservation Area.


The State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), in cooperation with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), is pleased to issue a call for proposals focused on the Bay Area’s Priority Conservation Areas designated under Plan Bay Area 2040. For details on the grant and the application process, please refer to the grant guidelines. Letters of Interest are due on February 25, 2019. Any questions may be submitted via email to

PCAs are established through the purchase of key natural lands, or through conservation easements with willing property owners.

These sites are identified in partnership with property owners, land trusts, open space districts, cities’ and counties’ parks and recreation departments, and other local jurisdictions.

PCAs are a modern expression of the Bay Area’s century-long concern for and protection of our parks and open spaces.

Get more details about PCAs in our current Plan Bay Area.