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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. 


Conservation Leadership Capacity Building: a Landscape Study

Colorado State University
July 2020

Responding to a desire to work together to improve capacity for leadership in the field of conservation, three collaborating organizations, National Geographic Society (NGS), Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), and the Smithsonian Institution (SI; collectively referred to as the “Collaborators” in this report), commissioned a landscape study of capacity development initiatives focused on conservation leadership and available to early and mid-career professionals. The goals of the study were to understand what is currently available, identify needs and gaps, and inform the development of potential future initiatives.


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.


Transforming Environmental Restoration: Progress on the Cutting Green Tape Initiative

California Natural Resources Agency
March 2020

The Cutting Green Tape initiative accelerates the pace and scale of habitat restoration by streamlining and improving government processes. It is a longstanding priority for restoration and conservation communities that has become more important than ever amidst climate change and global biodiversity loss.

For decades, communities, conservation organizations, and public agencies have been stymied by barriers that slow or hinder beneficial restoration activities. In 2019, the California Landscape Stewardship Network and the Administration of Governor Gavin Newsom joined together to take action and reduce or eliminate these barriers. In October 2020, Governor Newsom elevated this priority, directing state agencies through Executive Order to “implement actions to increase the pace and scale of environmental restoration and land management efforts by streamlining the State's process to approve and facilitate these projects.”

The Cutting Green Tape initiative started by bringing together a wide range of agencies and practitioners through in-person workshops to identify challenges to restoration delivery and generate suggested improvements. This effort culminated in a report in November 2020 called Cutting Green Tape: Regulatory Efficiencies for a Resilient Environment, which outlined a set of Cutting Green Tape recommendations. In response, California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot issued an Implementation Memorandum in January 2021 that directed entities within the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) to take immediate steps to cut green tape.

This report highlights progress in response to Secretary Crowfoot’s directives. It focuses on actions within CNRA and its boards, conservancies, commissions, councils, and departments to implement Cutting Green Tape, which are part of a broader set of improvements underway across other state agencies and nonstate governmental partners.


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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