Strategic Plan

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The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to provide an overall vision for our agency and quantified objectives to measure the effectiveness of our work. The Strategic Plan articulates our view of the future of the California coast and its watersheds over the next five years—including the opportunities to improve resilience to climate change and to promote environmental equity and justice.


2023-2027 Draft Strategic Plan

The Coastal Conservancy has been guided by a five year Strategic Plan for the past twenty years. The current plan was adopted in November 2017 and set goals and objectives for 2018- 2022. It is now time for the Conservancy to adopt a new Strategic Plan for the five year period of 2023-2027.

The Strategic Plan update creates an opportunity for the Conservancy to hear from our partners – nonprofit organizations, tribes, local governments, community groups, state and federal agencies, private landowners, conservation organizations, other conservation funders, and the public – about their vision and priorities for our work.

We are pleased to present the draft Strategic Plan for 2023-2027. The plan can be found here.  We welcome your comments on this draft between now (August 15, 2022) and October 1, 2022.  Please use the form here to submit comments.  Comments can also be emailed to

Public Engagement Process

The Conservancy hosted a webinar on March 28, 2022 to kick off the strategic planning process.  The webinar discussed the process of developing the plan for 2023-2027, the Conservancy’s role, and the resources that may be available to us in the next five years.

The recording of the webinar can be found here.

The Conservancy held several listening sessions and Focus Groups in April, May, and June to get input from partners on specific topics or focal areas.  Over 1,000 individuals participated in these sessions.  A report on this process and the key themes that emerged can be found here. 

2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan

The 2018 – 2022 Strategic Plan, which was adopted by our Board on November 30, 2017, can be found here:


Related Documents

Enabling Legislation – California Public Resources Code, Division 21

Project Selection Criteria  – The Conservancy Board has adopted criteria to guide funding decisions

Coastal Access Project Standards – The Conservancy Board has adopted standards for prioritizing and managing coastal access projects

Regional & Statewide Plans – Plans and policies that implement priorities and are consistent with Coastal Conservancy objectives

Financial Reports – Annual financial reports on past year expenditures and agency funding

FAQ – What is the Coastal Conservancy? What does the Coastal Conservancy do?

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