California Department of Natural Resources

In California, the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) restores, protects, and manages the state’s natural, historical, and cultural resources for current and future generations.  The CNRA was established pursuant to Cal Gov Code § 12805.  The CNRA was vested with all the duties, powers, purposes, responsibilities, and jurisdiction that was previously vested in the Resources Agency[i].

The CNRA manages a wide variety of issues relating to water, fish and game, forestry, parks, energy, minerals, coastal, and marine life.  The CNRA consists of the following departments:

  • Department of Forestry and Fire Protection;
  • Department of Conservation;
  • Department of Fish and Game;
  • Department of Boating and Waterways;
  • Department of Parks and Recreation; and
  • Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, and Water Resources.


Distinct from all these departments, the CNRA also consists of the State Lands Commission, the Colorado River Board, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, the Energy Resources Conservation and Development Commission, the Wildlife Conservation Board, the Delta Protection Commission, the Native American Heritage Commission, the California Conservation Corps, the California Coastal Commission, the State Coastal Conservancy, the California Tahoe Conservancy, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy; the San Joaquin River Conservancy, the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, the San Diego River Conservancy, and the Sierra Nevada Conservancy.

California Natural Resources Agency

[i] Cal Gov Code § 12802.

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