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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. 


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)


Regulatory Challenges and Solutions for Sierra Nevada Meadow Restoration

Sierra Meadows Partnership Regulatory Workgroup
August 2021

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

Bay Restoration Regulatory Integration Team
May 2021

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.


CLSN Strategic Roadmap Executive Summary

California Landscape Stewardship Network
April 2021

The executive summary of CLSN 2021 - 2023 Strategic Roadmap, including its four main focal areas and related objectives.


CLSN 2021 - 2023 Strategic Roadmap

California Landscape Stewardship Network
April 2021

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.


Cutting Green Tape April 6 2021

California Landscape Stewardship Network
April 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.


Collaborating Consciously: The Four Cornerstones

March 2021

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.


Webinar: Cutting Green Tape

March 2021

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.

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