2020 Summer Series

In 2020 the California Landscape Stewardship Network put on a series of virtual gatherings centered around connection, exchange, and learning. Events such as these help us connect with colleagues around timely topics, as well as inspire us while we advance the work we need to do together. More information about each one, including links to recordings (where available) can be found below.


Armando Quintero, newly-appointed Director of California State Parks (September 28, 2020)

Dr. Jennifer Norris, California’s new Deputy Secretary for Biodiversity and Habitat at the CA Natural Resources Agency (July 14, 2020)

Cutting Green Tape: Recommendations (October 29, 2020)

Cutting Green Tape is an initiative the California Landscape Stewardship Network has facilitated in partnership with the California Natural Resources Agency to help environmentally beneficial work happen more quickly, simply, and cost-effectively. See our Cutting Green Tape page and check out the video of this event to learn more.

This roundtable, held virtually on October 29, 2020, highlights recommendations from the initiative's first phase. It was hosted by Sharon Farrell (Executive Vice President, Projects, Stewardship and Science, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and CLSN Facilitator) and facilitated by Shawn Johnson (Managing Director, Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy, University of Montana).

Speakers included:

  • Wade Crowfoot, California Secretary for Natural Resources
  • Kellyx Nelson, Executive Director, San Mateo Resource Conservation District
  • Jennifer Norris, Deputy Secretary for Biodiversity and Habitat
  • Joaquin Esquivel, Chair, State Water Resources Control Board
  • Karen Ross, California Secretary for Food & Agriculture

View the recording of this event here


Stewardship, Stimulus & Social Distancing: Roundtable on Operational Changes Due to COVID-19 (September 16, 2020)

Partners across the state came together to share how they’re adapting to the challenges of stewardship during a pandemic, and took the opportunity to exchange ideas and seek solutions with fellow practitioners in this interactive event. 

This event was not recorded.


Conservationists Without Borders: Lessons from (Inter)National Partners (August 10, 2020)

This conversation with partners working regionally, nationally and internationally was intended to connect our work at different scales and learn about our experiences during the pandemic. The panel was moderated by Sharon Farrell, VP of Stewardship, Science, and Projects at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and CLSN facilitator, and panelists included:

View the recording of this event here


Regional Roundtable: News and Highlights in Landscape Stewardship from around the State (July 27, 2020)

Hear highlights from colleagues in landscape stewardship working in different regions across the state.

View the recording of this event here


Collaborative Leadership Virtual Workshop (July 9, 2020)

This event was the first in a series of workshops and trainings focused on building and advancing practitioners’ collaborative leadership skills. It focused on raising awareness around the features of collaborative leadership, including frameworks for working across jurisdictions and sectors, the role of networks, and the importance of interpersonal and technical skills in achieving effective collaboration.

View the recording of this event here


Summer Series Kickoff: Connection through Observation: a Workshop with John Muir Laws (June 29, 2020)

This virtual summer series kickoff event engaged participant's powers of observation and reflection with naturalist and artist John Muir Laws. The event also offered  updates and a reflective introduction to the Network, as well as connections with colleagues and friends new and old.

This event was not recorded.