Cutting Green Tape Exchange Spring 2022
On March 17, 2022, restoration practitioners from across the state joined the 4th virtual Cutting Green Tape Exchange, hosted by the California Landscape Stewardship Network in partnership with California Natural Resources Agency. With a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions, we heard from a great cast of individuals increasing the pace and scale of beneficial environmental restoration, including:
Reflections and Progress Made on Cutting Green Tape by Wade Crowfoot, California Secretary for Natural Resources
Implementing Cutting Green Tape through CA Department of Fish & Wildlife by Jennifer Norris, Deputy Secretary for Biodiversity & Habitat
Highlighting Efficiencies in Permitting from CDFW's Cutting Green Tape Program by Brad Henderson, California Department of Fish & Wildlife
Updates on Cutting Green Tape in the Coastal Zone by Madeline Cavalieri, California Coastal Commission
Updates on Cutting Green Tape from SWRCB by Phil Crader, State Water Resources Control Board
Interviews on Interagency Efforts to Cut Green Tape by Amy Hutzel, California Coastal Conservancy Jim Robins, Integrated Watershed Restoration Program Kim Caringer, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
Interviews on Indigenous Stewardship & Cutting Green Tape by Victor Bjelacac, California State Parks Don Hankins, CSU Chico & Indigenous Stewardship Project
The event was facilitated by Shawn Johnson, Managing Director at the University of Montana's Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy.
State of the Hill Country: 8 Key Conservation and Growth Metrics for a Region at a Crossroads
This project defines and calculates eight metrics for tracking trends related to changes in the natural resources of the Texas Hill Country. Dozens of organizations — nonprofits, government agencies, academic institutions and aligned private businesses — endeavor to protect the land, water and sky of this unique region. The metrics defined here will support these entities as they work individually and collectively through the Texas Hill Country Conservation Network (the Network) to both tell the story of the need for conservation and preserve the natural resources and heritage of the Texas Hill Country.
Consistent with the priority goals outlined by the Network, these metrics focus on: Population growth in unincorporated areas • Amount of conserved lands • Amount of developed lands • Pristine streams • Per capita water consumption • Spring flow • Night sky visibility • Conservation investment
Regulatory Challenges and Solutions for Sierra Nevada Meadow Restoration
Permitting and environmental compliance is acknowledged as an onerous, time consuming and costly component of meadow restoration projects and is recognized as a bottleneck for implementation on the ground. There is a need to improve the permitting processes for meadow restoration in order to increase the pace and scale of restoration to meet the targets of the Sierra Meadows Partnership and state and federal agencies, and to achieve benefits at the regional scale.
This white paper is the result of three years of knowledge gathering by the Sierra Meadows Partnership (SMP) Regulatory Workgroup and draws on the collective experience of Sierra Meadows Partnership practitioners implementing projects for more than 10 years. The SMP Regulatory Workgroup convened meetings between meadow restoration practitioners and regulatory agency staff, reviewed literature, participated in high-level initiatives including the CDFW-led Restoration Leaders Committee (RLC), and coordinated with other groups including Sustainable Conservation who are working to streamline permitting in California.
Bay Restoration Regulatory Integration Team (BRRIT): 2021 Annual Report
This annual report reviews the activities and performance of the Bay Restoration Regulatory Integration Team (BRRIT) through April 2021, and incorporates relevant information from the initial performance memo provided to the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (SFBRA) Governing Board in May 2020 (May 2020 Memo).
The BRRIT mandate is to increase permitting efficiency for multi-benefit habitat restoration projects and associated flood management and public access infrastructure in San Francisco Bay.
Cutting Green Tape April 6 2021
On April 6, 2021, the California Landscape Stewardship Network hosted a virtual event on Cutting Green Tape that brought together colleagues from California Natural Resources Agency and restoration practitioners from across the state to share updates and engage around future efforts for the initiative. Speakers and panelists included:
- Wade Crowfoot, California's Secretary for Natural Resources
- Jen Norris, Deputy Secretary for Habitat and Biodiversity
- Chad Dibble, Deputy Director of Ecosystem Conservation Division, CDFW
- Paul Hann, Chief of Watersheds and Wetlands, State Water Resources Control Board
- Erika Lovejoy, Program Director for Accelerating Restoration at Sustainable Conservation
- Kellyx Nelson, Executive Director of San Mateo RCD and CLSN Steering Committee
The conversation was moderated by Shawn Johnson.
CLSN Strategic Roadmap Executive Summary
The executive summary of CLSN 2021 - 2023 Strategic Roadmap, including its four main focal areas and related objectives.
CLSN 2021 - 2023 Strategic Roadmap
During the fall of 2020, the California Landscape Stewardship Network (CA Network) Steering Committee undertook a process to review Network successes, to assess current needs and opportunities, and to chart a course forward. The Steering Committee relied on several sources for candid feedback and new ideas, including:
- targeted interviews with Steering Committee members and key CA Network partners/advisers,
- a Network-wide participants survey, and
- in-depth discussions among the Steering Committee on key issues.
What we heard was agreement that there are specific areas where the CA Network has been successful as well as opportunities for evolution or growth. One of the key findings was that the CA Network does not act like a formal organization, but rather serves as a platform for people to work together in new ways. Because it works on emergent needs and opportunities, and remains highly adaptive and constantly in process, it needs a “strategic roadmap” rather than a traditional strategic plan. This document provides that roadmap though guidance on how to maintain Network strengths and ways to sustain its ongoing and successful journey. We consider this strategic roadmap to be a living document, and welcome questions, feedback, and further insights from our community of practice and collaborators.
Webinar: Cutting Green Tape
How can we increase the pace and scale of the ecological restoration and land stewardship necessary for climate resilient lands and water? One way is to change the permitting and regulation requirements so they encourage the “good” instead of just preventing the “bad.” That’s one of the goals of the Cutting Green Tape initiative which launched last year with a paper, Cutting Green Tape: Regulatory Efficiencies for a Resilient Environment. Watch this conversation with Sharon Farrell (Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy) and Kellyx Nelson (San Mateo Resource Conservation District) - both leaders of the California Landscape Stewardship Network - about what this means for you and our collective effort to build climate resilient lands and communities.
Learn more about TOGETHER Bay Area at www.TogetherBayArea.org
Collaborating Consciously: The Four Cornerstones
As we continue to face complex and difficult-to-solve problems such as climate change, social injustice, and a global pandemic, the need for collaboration is more pressing than ever. Multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) are touted as promising mechanisms to tackle these challenges; however, despite their promise, not all partnerships are successful in their collaborative efforts. The presence or absence of individuals with the right mindset to participate in a collaborative leadership process is one common explanation for this.
The purpose of the research presented here is to better understand collaboration in the context of MSPs. Answering the question “Which behaviors foster collaboration and which ones discourage collaboration?” can help us address the question of “How do you effectively participate in the process of collaborative leadership?” In this research, qualitative data were collected and analyzed to reveal behaviors that influence successful collaboration.
Systems Thinking and Change: A Guide for Landscape Stewardship Practitioners
In an effort to create a shared language and understanding for landscape stewardship practitioners, terms related to systems, such as systems thinking and systems change, are defined in this guide. Systems in three classifications—biosphere, social, and technosphere—are highlighted. These three systems all share the characteristics of interconnectedness, interdependency, and dynamism
Systems thinking is a lens through which we can understand, diagnose, and solve complex issues, in addition to a lens for decision-making and future planning. Both a process and an outcome, systems change is the action-oriented side of systems thinking, intended to produce long-lasting change.
This guide concludes with a checklist that can be used when approaching problems through a systems-thinking and systems-change perspective. When applying this perspective, the practice of collaborative leadership is highlighted as the most effective approach to tackling today’s complex problems.