The Coastal Conservancy works to ensure that all people have access to the coast, and to remove physical barriers that prevent people with disabilities from accessing the coast.

The Coastal Conservancy has produced an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Self-Evaluation and Transition Plan. The plan includes a review of documents and policies to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the programs and services offered and managed by the Conservancy, and evaluates and provides a plan to address physical barriers if they are found to be present in Coastal Conservancy properties. This plan was developed in consultation with ADA consulting specialists, MIG, and was informed by a series of workshops with advocates from the disability community as well as a public comment period.  The plan includes opportunities for members of the public to provide ideas, concerns and comments.

For a copy of the plan and appendices, please contact the Coastal Conservancy ADA Coordinator, Amy Hutzel.

Website Accessibility Certification

The undersigned certify that, as of 12/31/2019, the internet website of the California State Coastal Conservancy is designed, developed and maintained to be in compliance with California Government Code Sections 7405 and 11135, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, or a subsequent version, 12/31/2019, published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium at a minimum Level AA success criteria.

If you have difficulty accessing any material on our website, please contact us and we will correct the problem or work to provide the information in an alternative format. You can report web accessibility problems by sending an email to

Chris Crossley
Chief Information Officer

Amy Hutzel
Deputy Executive Officer

You can access our website accessibility certification form by clicking here.

Policy on Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disability

The State Coastal Conservancy will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities.  Our Policy on Non-Discrimination on the Basis of Disability can be found here.

Grievance Procedure

Information on how to file a complaint alleging discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of services, activities, programs, or benefits by the State of California State Coastal Conservancy can be found here.

Designing Outdoor Environments that Work for Everybody

On May 4, 2018, we hosted a webinar for grantees and partners on Designing Outdoor Environments that Work for Everybody.  A recording of the webinar can be found here.

A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide to the California Coast / Wheeling Cal’s Coast

The two editions of A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide to the California Coast and the Wheeling Cal’s Coast website provide information about accessibility coastal access points along the coast.  The Wheeling Cal’s Coast website is currently down – it is being updated and will be back online soon.

PDFs of a A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide can be found at these links:

A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide to the Los Angeles and Orange County Coast

A Wheelchair Rider’s Guide: San Francisco Bay and Nearby Coast

Further Accessibility Resources

Information on beach wheelchairs and other accessibility resources from the Coastal Commission can be found here.

Save the Redwood’s “A Disables Hiker’s Guide to the Redwoods” can be found here.

Man in wheelchair with arms in air on accessible trail through redwoods

Accessible trails are everyone’s trails


Latest News

  • Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in San Rafael – April 06
    Meeting Notice Douglas Bosco (Public Member), Chair Joy Sterling (Public Member) Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš (Public Member) Joseph Alioto Jr. (Public Member) Wade Crowfoot, Secretary for Natural Resources; Bryan Cash (Designated) Donne Brownsey, Coastal Commission Chair; Madeline Cavalieri (Designated) Keely Bosler, Director, Department of Finance; Gayle Miller (Designated) Senate Representatives Benjamin Allen (District 26) Josh Becker (District […] (Read more on Coastal Conservancy Public...)
  • Joy Sterling Appointed as Coastal Conservancy Member
    Yesterday, March 15, 2023, the Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego), appointed Joy Sterling to the California State Coastal Conservancy. “Joy Sterling is a respected leader in her community and a dedicated advocate for local coastal economies,” said Pro Tem Atkins. “I am confident she will continue […] (Read more on Joy Sterling Appointed...)
  • Job Posting: Contracts and Procurement Manager
    The Coastal Conservancy is recruiting for a Staff Service Manager I (SSM I) who will be leading our Contracts & Procurement team to join our team. The State Coastal Conservancy values diversity at all levels of the organization and is committed to fostering an environment in which employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal […] (Read more on Job Posting: Contracts...)
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