Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs)

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.

Karl Nielsen

Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs) are a modern expression of the Bay Area’s century-long concern for, and protection of, parks and open spaces.

Like Priority Development Areas (PDAs), PCAs are nominated by local jurisdictions and adopted by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). 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.

Permanently protecting PCAs involves establishing policy protections, purchasing key natural lands or establishing conservation easements with willing property owners.

Learn more about the more than 180 PCAs adopted by ABAG.

Priority Conservation Area Grants

MTC and ABAG, working with the State Coastal Conservancy, have a PCA grants program. Learn more about Priority Conservation Area Grants.

Regional Planning

PCAs are a key element of Plan Bay Area 2050, the region’s long-term transportation and land use plan.

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