Cabbage patches on the plains of California and Arizona are being handed over to the state’s farmers by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The state has already started clearing and planting trees, which are expected to bring in an estimated $300 million in revenue per year.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has already set aside $25 million to buy back land to protect against drought.
But the state has promised to protect farmers and ranchers from any environmental impacts.
The agency has also created an environmental review board, which is expected to create an advisory panel to provide input on any environmental impact.DWR is currently reviewing more than 3,000 acres of land that it has purchased over the last decade, and is hoping to get to about 1,600 acres by 2020.
According to the agency, more than 40 percent of the land will be designated as an urban habitat, with the remaining areas designated as open space and other natural areas.
In some areas, the state hopes to protect farmland, the largest piece of land.
But it also hopes to preserve the landscapes of rural communities that may not have access to water, irrigation and other basic services.
According to DWR, there are currently only about 2,000 hydropower facilities in the state.
DWR’s conservation strategy will include an economic development and education component, as well as environmental assessments, to help farmers and landowners prepare for the future.
Drought can be a devastating force on communities, and the state is hoping the land purchase will help to create jobs, according to the DWR.
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