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Cutting Green Tape Roundtable, October 29, 2020

California Landscape Stewardship Network
October 2020

Recording Timeline:

  • Welcome (0:00)
  • Overview of Roundtable goals and agenda (02:22)
  • Introductory Remarks from Secretary Crowfoot, Secretary Ross & Chair Esquivel (09:10)
  • Overview of Regulatory Efficiencies Recommendations (23:28)
  • Remarks from Deputy Secretary Jennifer Norris (36:55)
  • Participant Q&A with Interagency Panel (45:18)
  • Concluding Remarks (01:17:46)

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. Learn more about the initiative at: https://calandscapestewardshipnetwork.org/cutting-green-tape

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


Stewarding California’s Biodiversity: Early Detection and Rapid Response (EDRR) for Invasive Plants

California Invasive Plant Council and California Landscape Stewardship Network
October 2020

In 2018, then-Governor Jerry Brown established the California Biodiversity Initiative, setting biodiversity protection as a top state priority. The Biodiversity Collaborative is the next phase in the evolution of California’s biodiversity conservation movement, integrating and building on efforts started by the California Biodiversity Initiative launched by Governor Brown. Like California’s State Wildlife Action Plan and Climate Adaptation Strategy, the Biodiversity Collaborative identifies the importance of controlling invasive species as part of attaining a sustainable future.

Indeed, hundreds of entities across California are engaged in strategic efforts to limit the scope and magnitude of the damage that these species do to the state’s biodiversity and natural resources. When possible, land managers use a strategic approach called early detection and rapid response (EDRR) that focuses on stopping new invasive plants before they become widespread. As with a raging wildfire, a surging infectious disease, or a leaking oil pipeline, the longer one waits to act, the more difficult and costly the task and the greater the damage that has already been done.

While the concept is simple, its implementation is complex. Effective EDRR requires timely data, proactive effort, landscape-level coordination among public and private landowners, and a consistent and sustained approach. In California, many pieces of an effective EDRR system are already in place, from an online network for sharing botanical information to a statewide network of land managers. But steady funding to implement EDRR systematically across the state’s 100 million acres is lacking. With the new Biodiversity Collaborative in place, the time has come for an increased commitment to invasive plant EDRR.

While technical challenges remain—such as predicting how each plant’s distribution will shift with land use and climate change—EDRR’s primary challenges are structural: How can agency missions, mandates, programs, and funding be aligned to support landscape-level conservation? This paper identifies the institutional and financial support needed for invasive plant EDRR to succeed in California.


CLSN Meet & Greet with Armando Quintero, Director of California State Parks 9 28 20

California Landscape Stewardship Network
September 2020

On September 28, 2020, the California Landscape Stewardship Network hosted a virtual meet-and-greet with Armando Quintero, newly-appointed Director of California State Parks. The conversation was moderated by Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy's San Francisco Community Programs Manager Yakuta Poonawalla. 

Timeline of the recording:

Welcome and Introductions

Armando Quintero Interview (2:40)

Questions from the Audience (38:45)

Wrap-up and Conclusion (58:13)


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

California Landscape Stewardship Network
August 2020

On August 10, 2020, the California Landscape Stewardship Network hosted "Conservationists Without Borders: Lessons from (Inter)National Partners", a virtual panel event with partners working regionally, nationally and internationally to connect our work at different scales and share lessons learned from the complex challenges we face in 2020.

As part of the Network’s ongoing Summer Series, the panel was moderated by Sharon Farrell, Network Facilitator and Executive VP of Projects, Stewardship & Science at Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Panelists included key practitioners and thought leaders in landscape conservation and stewardship:

  • Lisa Brush, Founder and CEO of The Stewardship Network
  • Annie Burke, Executive Director of TOGETHER Bay Area
  • Jay Chamberlin, Chief of Natural Resources Division at California State Parks
  • Jim Levitt, Director of the International Land Conservation Network at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • Gary Tabor, Founder and President of the Center for Large Landscape Conservation


CLSN Virtual Lunch with Deputy Secretary Jennifer Norris July 14, 2020

California Landscape Stewardship Network
July 2020

On July 14, 2020 the California Landscape Stewardship Network hosted a virtual meet-and-greet lunch with Dr. Jennifer Norris, California’s new Deputy Secretary for Biodiversity and Habitat at the CA Natural Resources Agency. Th conversation was moderated by CEO of League to Save Lake Tahoe and CA Network Steering Committee member, Darcie Goodman Collins.

Timeline of the recording:

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Jen Norris interview (4:20)
  • Questions from the audience (22:10)
  • Wrap-up and conclusion (39:50)

Collaborative Leadership Virtual Workshop July 9, 2020

California Landscape Stewardship Network
July 2020

This event was the first in a developing 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.

Timeline of the recording:

  • Welcome and Intros
  • Opening Exercise (7:50)
  • Overview and discussion of systems (11:05)
  • Overview and discussion of complexity (1:01:30)
  • Small group discussion and feedback (1:36:00)
  • Overview and discussion of networks (1:48:55)
  • Break (2:15:00)
  • Overview and discussion of essential skills (2:25:40)
  • Wrap-up and conclusion (3:30:30)


CA Landscape Stewardship Network Regional Roundtable: Highlights from around the State 7/27/20

California Landscape Stewardship Network
July 2020

California Landscape Stewardship Network participants gathered online to share updates and highlights from their regional work on July 27, 2020. 


Bay Area Lands, People, and Economy: A Snapshot Report of Green Stimulus Opportunities

May 2020

TOGETHER Bay Area stands in partnership with government leaders to create transformational, enduring economic changes that effectively respond to the crises we face today. Green investments in infrastructure, public lands, natural resource management, and agricultural systems can retain tens of thousands of jobs in the San Francisco Bay Area, and support immediate-term jobs growth, while addressing climate change impacts, which many studies have shown would realize long-term cost savings and community resilience statewide.

TOGETHER Bay Area has conducted a simple, targeted survey of our 56 members to understand how our work currently contributes to the regional jobs market, and how retained, strategic investment in the state budget and a potential stimulus bond would support regional jobs growth, while providing multiple benefits to communities and the environment in the form of clean air, clean water, and access to nature.


Cutting Green Tape March 18 Agenda

California Natural Resources Agency
March 2020

Cutting the Green Tape

 Web Café Roundtable Meeting Agenda

March 18, 2020

10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Meeting Goals

Introduce CGT Initiative, including process and timeline, as one of Secretary Crowfoot’s 4 pillars in partnership with other state agencies.   Provide input to develop specific recommendations and next steps to increase efficiencies for permitting restoration. Provide input to develop white paper that identifies actions and outcomes for increasing regulatory efficiencies for natural resource stewardship./details here.


Increasing Regulatory Efficiencies: Ideas for Discussion (pdf)

California Natural Resources Agency
March 2020

Discussion materials for the March 18, 2020 virtual roundtable


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