LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

Department of Natural Resources includes the following divisions:
Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, Division of Forestry, Division of Land, Division of Mining and Water Management, Division of Oil and Gas, Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, Public Information Center.

California Environmental Protection Agency's (Cal/EPA) , is the agency charged with ensuring and improving environmental quality to protect the public health, the welfare of California citizens, and California's natural resources. The site contains information on Permit Assistance Centers, Cal/EPA's Environmental Technology Program, Environmental Enforcement Program, and Regulatory Reform Program, as well as various press releases, publications, special environmental reports, and relevant legislation.

California Department of Water Resources manages California's water resources. Related entities include the California Water Commission, which advises DWR and coordinates state and local views with regard to federal appropriations for flood control, water and fishery projects in California, and the Reclamation Board, which is charged with flood control. The site contains comprehensive information on the California Water Plan and California's water resources, including detailed information on groundwater, surface waters, rivers and reservoirs.

California Department of Conservation regulates and disseminates information concerning agricultural and open space lands and soil, recycling, geology and seismology, and mineral, geothermal and petroleum resources. The site contains links to the Department's various divisions and programs, as well as to its FTP servers, which contain information not found on the website.

  • Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources supervises the drilling, operation, maintenance and abandonment of oil, gas and geothermal wells. Although this site currently contains only limited general information, more comprehensive information (such as DOG's regulations) can be accessed through the linked DOG FTP server.
  • Division of Land Resource Protection is charged with the responsibility for protecting farmland and soil resources. Its website contains information on the four programs administered by the DLRP:
    the Agricultural Land Stewardship Program, the Farmland Mapping and Monitoring Program, the Land Conservation (Williamson) Act and the Open Space Subvention Program.

Department of Fish and Game which is in charge of "conserving" wildlife, has a wide range of materials on its website, including DFG rules and regulations, and extensive information regarding enforcement, marine resources, hunting, hatitats, licensing and fishing.


Resources Agency of California is responsible for the conservation, enhancement, and management of California's natural and cultural resources, including land, water, wildlife, parks, minerals, and historic sites. The Agency is composed of 18 State departments, boards, conservancies, and commissions.

California Air Resources Board is responsible for attempting to reduce air pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy of the state. Contact information and, where available, links are provided to each of the 35 air pollution districts. Each district establishes and enforces air pollution regulations in order to attain and maintain all state and federal ambient air quality standards and adopts its own rules and regulations to combat the particular air quality problems in its region. The districts accordingly control emissions from and permit stationary sources of air pollution, as well as implement transportation control measures for their respective regions. The CARB web site also contains a huge database of CARB program and topic information, as well as background information on air quality, board information, and meeting transcripts.
  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District regulates sources of air pollution within the nine San Francisco Bay Area Counties. Its site contains information on the air pollutants regulated by the District, permit requirements, information on its Business Assistance Program, and on-line access to all of the BAAQMD rules and regulations (in progress).

The State Water Resources Control Board is the California agency charged with responsibility to ensure the quality of the waters of the state and to allocate the beneficial uses of those waters. Its web site includes copies of agenda items, board minutes, and adopted resolutions, water quality orders, and water rights orders, copies of SWRCB plans, policies, staff reports and other publications and information regarding the SWRCB's various programs andfee systems. Among the programs for which information is provided are the Storm Water Program, Nonpoint Source Information , Underground Storage Tank Guidance, and Bay Delta Program.
Coastal Programs Division is the division of the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration responsible for administering the National Coastal Zone Management Program. The Division provides technical, programmatic and financial assistance and advocates comprehensive resource management with state and territorial coastal programs and other agencies, institutions, and the general public.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration mission is to "describe and predict changes in the Earth's environment and to conserve and manage wisely the Nation's coastal and marine resources." NOAA's site has information and links on everything to fisheries to the National Weather Service.

Natural Resources Conservation Service is a part of the Department of Agriculture that works to conserve and sustain natural resources. In that capacity, the NRCS administers various incentive and assistance programs aimed at conserving wetlands, wildlife habitat, farmland and grazing lands, among other resources. The site contains information on NRCS's programs, as well as technical information such as a plant and soil database.

The Forest Service
is an agency within the Department of Agriculture that manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. The Forest Service is also the largest forestry research organization in the world, and provides technical and financial assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers generally provides engineering, management and technical support to the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, and state and local governments. Of specific interest is the Corps' responsibility for regulating the waterways and wetlands of the United States. This site for the headquarters of the Corps and contains general information (mostly in army-speak) on the Corps' functions, responsibilities, and areas of expertise.
Environmental Protection Agency was set up to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment. The EPA’s site includes an extensive description of the EPA’s projects and programs, access to all regulations, legislation, and proposed rules relating to environmental protection, related hotlines and agency dockets, and the National Center for Environmental Publications and Information (NCEPI), the central repository for all EPA documents. The EPA headquarters page also has links to each of the 10 EPA regions, which are responsible for the execution of the Agency's programs, considering regional needs and the implementation of federal environmental laws.
  • EPA Region 9
    (California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and the territories of Guam and American Samoa) This site contains information regarding Region 9's Air Programs (including Clean Air Act programs, indoor and outdoor air quality information, stratospheric ozone protection, radiation), Water Programs (including drinking water standards, sewage treatment requirements, wetlands protection), Solid and Hazardous Waste Programs (including Superfund site cleanup, solid and hazardous waste management), Pesticides and Toxics Programs (including community right-to-know information on toxics, pesticide program activities), Cross-Program Activities (including U.S./Mexico border issues, environmental justice, pollution prevention, environmental impact statement review).

  • EPA Region 10 (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington)


  • EPA Brownfields Homepage

  • Superfund Home Page

  • Toxic Substances Control Act Biotechnology Program Homepage

  • Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program

United States Fish and Wildlife Service, is a bureau within the Department of the Interior that was created to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats. The USFWS's major responsibilities are migratory birds, endangered species, freshwater and anadromous fish, the National Wildlife Refuge System, wetlands, conserving habitat, and environmental contaminants. The USFWS is divided into seven geographic regions, with headquarters located in Washington, DC. Regional Offices are involved in regional and local activities, while headquarters offices are involved in nationwide activities. A vast array of information can be accessed through the USFWS site by using the USFWS search engine, which searches thousands of USFWS sponsored pages, including the Migratory Bird Management Home Page, the North American Waterfowl and Wetlands Office Home Page), the Endangered Species Home Page, the National Wetlands Inventory Program Home Page, and the National Wildlife Refuge System Home Page.

 Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program works voluntarily with private landowners, providing them with financial and technical assistance to restore all types of degraded wildlife habitat (including wetlands) on their property. 

Department of Energy was set up to ensure a "secure and reliable energy system that is environmentally and economically sustainable . . . ." The home page serves as a jumping board into DOE's many different programs, operations, and laboratories. In addition, it contains links to DOE directives, regulations, and DOE's research and development database.
National Park Service site contains information relating to the NPS's programs, such as the National Historic Landmark Program, the National Natural Landmark Program, the National Register of Historic Places, the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance and the Land and Water Conservation Fund, as well as detailed information on the NPS's planning projects and legislative information relating to the NPS and its mission.

Department of Interior
  • Minerals Management Service is the bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior that manages the mineral resources of the Outer Continental Shelf and collects, verifies, and distributes mineral revenues from Federal and Indian lands. The site contains a variety of information relating to MMS's mission, including statistics relating to leasing, exploration, production and revenues, MMS funded project reports, and laws and regulations governing the MMS.

National Marine Fisheries Service is a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NMFS administers NOAA's programs which support the domestic and international conservation and management of living marine resources.

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is an independent regulatory agency within the Department of Energy that regulates the transmission and sale for resale of natural gas in interstate commerce, regulates the transmission of oil by pipeline in interstate commerce, regulates the transmission and wholesale sales of electricity in interstate commerce, licenses and inspects private, municipal and state hydroelectric projects, oversees related environmental matters, and administers accounting and financial reporting regulations and conducts of jurisdictional companies.

Bureau of Land Management administers public lands within a framework of numerous laws, including the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976.

Office of Surface Mining is a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior with responsibility, in cooperation with the states and Indian Tribes, to protect citizens and the environment during coal mining and reclamation, and to reclaim mines abandoned before 1977.

Office of Pipeline Safety administers the Department of Transportation's national regulatory program to assure the safe transportation of natural gas, petroleum, and other hazardous materials by pipeline. The site includes regulations and interpretations and numerous forms.
California Environmental Resources Evaluation System (CERES) was developed by the California Resources Agency and integrates a wide range of natural and cultural resource information.

Land Use Planning Information Network (LUPIN)

The UC Berkeley Digital Library Project web site contains information and collections of photographs, satellite images, maps, full text documents, and "multivalent" documents, including environmental documents (such as coastal plans, basin plans, zoning ordinances), aerial photographs, geographic data, and botanical datasets.

The Natural Resources Libarary at the Department of the Interior contains a "virtual library" that provides access to the vast resources on all aspects of the management, use and conservation of all types of natural and cultural resources, including water and land and associated biological and extractive resources. Accessible information includes topics such as American Indians and Alaska Natives, the earth, environmental, biological, economic and other natural and social sciences, as well as laws, regulations, maps, and scientific, technical and economic information.

Oil-Link is a comprehensive source of information about the oil and gas industry.

American Petroleum Institute


Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Independent Petroleum Association of America

National Wildlife Federation

The Utilities Reform Network

The Nature Conservancy

Power Association of Northern California

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection is a comprehensive site that includes information on each of the ten programs that fall under the CDF's Resource Management Program, including information on the Cooperative Forestry Landowner Assistance Program, the California Forest Improvement Program, the Resource Conservation and Development Program and the Forest Products Utilization and Special Projects Program.

The Fire and Resource Assessment Program (FRAP) is responsible for assessing the amount and extent of California's forests and rangelands, analyzing their conditions and identifying alternative management and policy guidelines.
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