Business Principles

  • The Conservancy is a problem-solving agency, emphasizing doing projects that solve problems (including needed project planning) rather than planning (for the purpose of adopting public policy)
  • The Conservancy works in cooperation with others and strives to be an agency whose involvement is sought by others
  • The Conservancy works on landscape-wide projects that serve significant regional or statewide objectives
  • The Conservancy employs the best available science for each project, subjecting its projects to independent scientific review when necessary and feasible
  • The Conservancy values and employs bottom-up community-based planning. The Conservancy believes that the best resource protection ensues when local citizens participate in planning the future of their own natural heritage
  • The Conservancy staff adds value by its combination of technical knowledge, commitment to community involvement, and skill at communicating the needs of the coast to political decision makers. That skill level is a resource for California and should be constantly improved and kept current
  • The Conservancy is accountable to the citizens of California, and all of the Conservancy projects are discussed and acted upon by the board with a full opportunity for public involvement.
  • The Conservancy strives to minimize procedural delay and complexity in its work.

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