About the California State Lands Commission

The members of the State Lands "Commission" include the Lieutenant Governor, the State Controller and the State Director of Finance. The first two are statewide elected officials while the last is a cabinet level officer appointed by the Governor.

The California State Lands Commission was established in 1938 with authority detailed in Division 6 of the California Public Resources Code.

The Commission is assisted by a staff of more than 200 specialists in mineral resources, land management, boundary determination, petroleum engineering and the natural sciences. The staff is supervised by an Executive Officer appointed by the Commission.

Mission Statement

The staff of the California State Lands Commission serves the people of California by providing stewardship of the lands, waterways, and resources entrusted to its care through economic development, protection, preservation, and restoration.

Vision Statement

The staff of the California State Lands Commission works as a team to set the standard for excellence in public land management and resource protection to ensure the future quality of the environment and balanced use of the lands and resources entrusted to its care.

Organizational Goals

  1. Protect, restore, enhance, and preserve resources on State Lands
  2. Manage State lands to generate revenues, enhance the economy, and assure ongoing viability of the resource while protecting the environment.
  3. Expand public use and access to and along the State's inland and coastal waters.
  4. Achieve excellence and improve efficiency and effectiveness of the Commission operations.
  5. Create better public understanding about the Commission's responsibilities and programs.
  6. Obtain funding for Commission Policy priorities.


  • We treat customers and each other with integrity, respect, and professionalism.
  • We are all one team - working together towards a common vision.
  • We strive for open, clear, and honest internal and external communication.
  • We are committed to personal and organizational accountability and responsibility.
  • We are sensitive to the long-term impacts of our decisions.
  • We recognize staff as our greatest asset and encourage personal and professional growth.
  • We continuously improve our processes.
  • We provide quality customer service.
  • We strive for a balance among competing uses and long term protection of natural resources.
  • We respect the trust responsibilities which govern the land and resources entrusted to our care.

Use the links below to learn more about what the California State Lands Commission does.