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Equity Leaders Speaker Series: Geneva E.B. Thompson

California Landscape Stewardship Network
June 2022

On June 29, 2022, the CLSN continued its Equity Leaders Speaker Series with a visit from Geneva E.B. Thompson, Assistant Secretary for Tribal Affairs.


Forest Service Project Planning to Implementation

Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition
June 2022

Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition (RVCC) developed the following guidebook that charts the course of a Forest Service project, from planning through implementation. This document aims to help collaborative groups and other external partners better understand the full “lifecycle” of a Forest Service project and, in turn, develop a better sense for how and when to productively engage with various aspects of the agency’s work, including implementation.


Equity Leaders Speaker Series 2022: Katherine Toy

California Landscape Stewardship Network
May 2022

On May 19, 2022, Katherine Toy, Deputy Secretary for Access at California Natural Resources Agency, joined the network for the kickoff of a multi-part series sponsored by the CLSN's Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Roundtable for Healing Severed Connections. In a conversation moderated by Kindley Lawlor and hosted by Yakuta Poonawalla, Katherine offers her perspectives on why increasing access to natural and cultural sites in California is so important.


Cutting Green Tape Exchange Spring 2022

California Landscape Stewardship Network
March 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

Texas Hill Country Conservation Network
February 2022

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


Creating Impact: A Study of Nonprofit Partnership in California State Parks

Parks California, Potrero Group
February 2022

California’s state park system encompasses 279 units of diverse resources from beaches to historic sites, to urban corridors, to vast wild areas. The system is the largest and most diverse state park system in the world, rivaling the entire national park system in many other nations. Because of this complexity, there will always be a need for the California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) to embrace and maintain partnerships with many stakeholders. Propelled by State Parks’ vision and leadership, these partnerships can achieve stunning results and provide extraordinary experiences for Californians and the state’s visitors. 

The California State Parks Nonprofit Partnership Study seeks to build a broad understanding of the contributions of cooperating associations, nonprofit operators and co-managers, and other nonprofit donors and program partners supporting state parks across California. The study also highlights best practices in partnership that can help parks and their nonprofit partners reach their fullest potential—together. 


A Resilience Strategy for Yuba Forests

Yuba Forest Network
January 2022

The Yuba Forest Network aims to connect stewards of the Yuba watershed by uniting and building skills and efforts to create a resilient landscape. Modeled after Tahoe-Central Sierra Initiative's Resilience Framework, the purpose of this document is to describe a shared vision of forest health and resilience and desired outcomes for the region across stakeholders of the Yuba Forest Network. 


Fostering Inclusivity and Respect: Engagement With Indigenous Peoples in the Management and Presentation of Protected Areas in North America

North American Intergovernmental Committee On Cooperation For Wilderness and Protected Areas Conservation

In recent years, the limitations of land-management decisions based predominantly on Western knowledge have become apparent. By adopting a more holistic perspective, we can improve our understanding of the interconnected forces that shape ecology throughout North America and expand our tools and approaches for land and resource conservation. Incorporating and implementing the demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous peoples can prove crucial for the survival of some of our most critically threatened ecosystems and species, the sustainable use of our cherished protected areas and the surrounding landscapes and seascapes, and for the revitalization of human health and connections to nature.


Creating a Nature-Positive Future: The Contribution of Protected Areas and Other Effective Area-based Conservation Measures

United Nations Development Programme
November 2021

Protected areas (PAs) are essential tools for biodiversity conservation. Area-based conservation is recognized as a crucial component for achieving a nature positive future, for the resilience of the planet and biodiversity, as well as for humanity. Now, the process for developing the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework is underway, with the framework set to be adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention, with a 2050 vision of “living in harmony with nature”.


Cutting Green Tape Fall 2021 Exchange

California Landscape Stewardship Network
October 2021

The second Cutting Green Tape Exchange took place on September 29, 2021. During the two-hour session facilitated by Shawn Johnson, we examined progress we’ve collectively made towards the recommendations in the Regulatory Efficiencies report, engaged with leadership on topics important to the restoration community, and highlighted feedback from practitioners on how to continue increasing the pace and scale of ecological restoration in California. It featured welcoming remarks and updates on the interagency-led Cutting Green Tape Initiative from California's Secretary for Natural Resources Wade Crowfoot, Deputy Secretary for Habitat & Biodiversity Jen Norris, and more, including:

  • Sharon Farrell (Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy & CLSN Steering Committee)
  • Chad Dibble (CA Department of Fish & Wildlife) Phil Crader (State Water Resources Board)
  • Madeline Cavalieri (CA Coastal Commission) Matt Clifford (Trout Unlimited)
  • Shelana deSilva (SdS Consulting & CLSN Steering Committee)
  • Darcie Goodman Collins (League to Save Lake Tahoe)
  • Jessica Morse (Deputy Secretary for Forest Resources Management)
  • Patrick Wright (Governor's Wildfire & Forest Resilience Task Force)
  • Kellyx Nelson (CLSN Steering Committee)
  • Kristopher Tjernell (Department of Water Resources)


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