Collaborative Conversation: Visitor Capacity, Congestion, and Visitor Experience in the Lake Tahoe Basin, Point Lobos State Park and Muir Woods National Monument

California Landscape Stewardship Network
2018
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In June 2018, staff from the Lake Tahoe Basin, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Tamalpais Lands Collaborative and Point Lobos gathered at Muir Woods National Monument for a conversation on visitor capacity, public access, and traffic management. Muir Woods recently eliminated a large percentage of road-side parking along the narrow entrance to the park and implemented a reservation system for parking after overcrowding and traffic in the monument came to an untenable level. In Lake Tahoe, managers are facing a similar situation on their roadways and recreation areas basin-wide, particularly in hot spot attractions such as Emerald Bay State Park. Point Lobos is experiencing similar challenges with managing increased visitor use.

As Lake Tahoe and Point Lobos explore solutions to its congestion and resource protection challenges, staff found it very valuable to learn from the approaches used at Muir Woods, including (1) how the Monument looked at capacity and its effect on visitor experience, (2) what infrastructure changes were made to meet the changed visitor management approach at the Monument, (3) how the public engagement process was designed, specifically its adaptability to community and political issues and the hiring of a dedicated individual, and (4) key lessons learned on the public rollout of the new system.

 

 

California Landscape Stewardship Network Vision and Core Principles

California Landscape Stewardship Network
2018

CA Network Funding and Legislation Working Group 2019 Work Plan

California Landscape Stewardship Network
2018

United States Withdrawal from UNESCO Implications for the Man and the Biosphere program

UNESCO
October 2017
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The Secretary of State has made the decision to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and to seek to establish a permanent observer mission to the organization.

 

National Park Service Natural Resource Stewardship and Science Framework: Four pillars to guide natural resource activities and investments

National Park Service
September 2016
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This framework offers a forward-thinking rationale around which natural resource priorities and investments can be articulated, and provides a basis for current and future strategies. The framework recognizes actions that “hold the line”—those day-to-day natural resource activities in parks that managers must attend to—while embracing the need to equip and position the NPS for an increasingly complex and dynamic future. The framework identifies four pillars that guide the NPS to adapt and respond to continuous change, with a focus on long-term ecological integrity and viability:

  • Holding the Line
  • Managing amid Continuous Change
  • Leveraging for Conservation at Scale
  • Enhancing Stewardship and Science Access and Engagement

 

Call to Action Item #22 – Scaling Up: 2011-2016 Accomplishments Report and Next Steps

National Park Service
2016
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This report provides an overview and successes of C2A Item 22, and also includes invited papers from multiple authors that illustrate the truly collaborative nature of this endeavor as well as next steps as move for-ward into the NPS second century of stewardship and conservation of our nation’s protected lands and waters.

Healing and Repairing – Re-Imagining Conservation From Where Our Lives Intersect

Maine Coast Heritage Trust
2016
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Healing and Repairing is a joint project with Maine Coast Heritage Trust to offer observations on a moment when much is evolving in the relationship between people and place in Maine, and to share an essay that respectfully stretches and encourages the hearts and minds of those who care about both. The audience for this essay is people everywhere who think, work and devote their lives to healthy soils, forests, oceans and people. This is a story mostly about Maine; hopefully people from other places will be able to see themselves and their situations within this story.

 

A Big Deal for Conservation

Stanford Social Innovation Review
2012
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A group of conservationists, former bankers, and management consultants have imported ideas from Wall Street to create a new way to protect large ecosystems—an approach that may work for other large-scale social projects as well.

 

Removing Barriers to Restoration

California Natural Resources Agency
2002
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Secretary Nichols asked the Task Force to examine four of the most common barriers— the regulatory review process, public funding bottlenecks, personal liability issues, and endangered species/private property issues. The Task Force discussed these barriers from both the landowners’ and the regulators’ points of view, reviewed existing efforts to resolve them, and brainstormed other possible solutions to create incentives and motivate people to do this important conservation work, or perhaps more importantly, to remove the disincentives and barriers for those who already have the desire. The Task Force recommends ten different actions that could reduce these barriers and encourage restoration activities.