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Natural Resources

Program Areas

The Department has many policies, guidelines, programs, and activities that support its natural resource mission.

Natural Resource Acquisition Program

Guidance for acquisition has been developed for "Sustainable Ecosystems" and "Unique Natural Resource Areas."

Inventory, Monitoring and Assessment

The Inventory, Monitoring, and Assessment Program (IMAP) provides goals, guidance, and standards for the Department's efforts to systematically evaluate the vegetation, wildlife, and physical natural resources of the State Park System.


The Natural Resources Division is responsible for providing leadership and policy direction that contributes to protection and improved management of natural resources in the State Park System.

Environmental Compliance

Environmental compliance in the Department of Parks and Recreation includes both the review and preparation of necessary environmental documents under California's Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).


California Natural Landmarks Program

The California Natural Landmarks Program (CNLP) identifies natural areas that best illustrate the biological and geological character of the state, enhance the scientific and educational values of preserved areas, strengthen public appreciation of natural history, and foster a greater concern for the conservation of the State‚Äôs heritage.