The Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program

This program is authorized as part of the Coastal Zone Management Act to protect coastal lands that are ecologically important or possess other coastal conservation values, such as historic features, scenic views, or recreational opportunities.

From 2002 to 2019, the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP) protected more than 110,000 acres through funds to state and local governments to purchase threatened coastal and estuarine lands or obtain conservation easements, including over 16,000 acres protected as in-kind matching contributions.

In 2022, NOAA will again solicit proposals for land conservation projects from state or territorial coastal zone management programs and national estuarine research reserves. Funding is provided via the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Screenshot of ESRI Basemap

Use this map to find the location and more information about CELCP sites in each state.

For more information, about NOAA’s land conservation programs, contact us.

See how CELCP projects in the Great Lakes are helping to advance the goals of the Coastal Zone Management Act in this new story map, “Preserving the Pristine.”