REQUEST FOR SERVICES (RFS): Community Engagement for the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project

The California State Coastal Conservancy requests the services of an expert in participatory community engagement to develop and implement robust community engagement for the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project (Project), located in the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in the City of Los Angeles.

This RFS is being released for a second time in order to allow more time for responding.

The Contractor will develop and implement community  participation that is representative of the diversity and demographics of the Los Angeles County regarding the Ballona Wetlands Restoration Project. The Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (the landowner and project lead) aim to understand the concerns, experience, and priorities of the Los Angeles residents to implement the Ballona Wetland Restoration Project in a way that is inclusive and accessible to respective visitors.

The Conservancy is seeking a Contractor with strong experience in underserved community engagement and justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion work to develop and implement a community engagement process for the Project. Please see the complete request for services for the proposed scope of services.

To apply, you will need to include qualifications, project approach, project team, resume, examples of relevant projects, and three references. More information on how to apply is available in the Request for Services.

Request for Services

Submittals must be received by 5:00 pm on August 5th , 2022.

An electronic copy (in PDF format; less than 20 Mb in size) of the submittal should be emailed to Emely Lopez, the Project Manager at the State Coastal Conservancy, emely.lopez@scc.ca.gov 

An acknowledgment that the Conservancy has received the submittal will be sent by email. If your submittal is not acknowledged by August 6, please call Emely Lopez at (510) 286-0470.

Job Posting: Administrative Deputy Executive Officer

“Love the California Coast, the environment, supervising people, and public agency management? This might be the job for you!”

The State Coastal Conservancy is seeking an experienced leader to join our Executive Management team as the Administrative Deputy Executive Officer, CEA, range A.

The State Coastal Conservancy is headquartered in Oakland, CA.

Reporting to the Executive Officer, the Administrative Deputy Executive Officer is delegated the authority for implementing and managing the State Coastal Conservancy’s overall administrative operations. The Administrative Deputy exercises independent decision-making in developing, managing, and providing direction and oversight for key agency-wide services including Budgets, Accounting, Contracts, Procurement, Information Technology, Business Services, and Human Resources. The Administrative Deputy develops agency-wide administrative policy and implements and enforces statewide administrative laws, rules, and policies in these areas. As a key member of the Executive Team, the Administrative Deputy advises the Board, Executive Officer, Deputy Executive Officer, Management Team, and other staff on administrative matters. The position requires flexible work hours and some travel.

The position requires the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines. The selected candidate is required to have broad knowledge of various laws, rules, policies, and procedures in multi-disciplined administrative areas; work cooperatively with others; respond to emergency demands on short notice; exercise a high degree of initiative, independence of action and originality; demonstrate tact and a high degree of good independent judgment; communicate effectively; easily adapt to changing priorities; supervise a team of direct reports and indirect staff; be dependable; and have excellent time management skills.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

To learn more about the position and how to apply, visit the Cal Careers posting here. 

Job Posting: Budget Analyst

Love the California coast and the environment and working to support diversity and inclusion?  This might be the job for you!”

The position is located in Oakland, CA.

Under the general direction of the Staff Services Manager II, the incumbent works as part of the Budget Unit, and in coordination with other administrative units, project staff, and Federal/State/local entities.  Under the guidance of the Budget Lead, this position will assist with the preparation and administration of the annual budget for the State Coastal Conservancy, along with other budget, financial, or administrative related tasks.

We are willing to fill this position at the Associate Governmental Program Analyst (AGPA) or at the Staff Service Analyst (SSA). To see more details about the AGPA or SSA job functions, please see attached duty statements.

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 experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees and their unique ideas inspire innovative solutions to further our mission of protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations.

If you are not currently on the eligibility lists, please take the online exam that you are applying to: for the AGPA list, please take the online exam at:  https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/9PB04.PDF; for the Staff Services Analyst exam:  https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/7PB34.PDF; Staff Services Analyst LEAP exam: https://www.calcareers.ca.gov/JOBSGEN/7PB15.PDF

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

To learn more and apply, please visit the Cal Careers Page.

Job Posting: Contracts & Procurement Analyst

Love the California coast and the environment and working with contracts and grant agreements?  This might be the job for you!

The position is located in Oakland, CA.

Under the general supervision of the Contracts and Procurement Manager, the incumbent is responsible for all phases of Contract and Grant Agreement document preparation process. Duties require accuracy and understanding of the State and Conservancy’s Contract processes. Duties are technical and analytical in nature and carried out with a high degree of independence.

Primary responsibility includes preparing new agreements and amendments from electronic model agreements using Track Changes to coordinate edits from legal staff, project staff and others in the review process.  Edit data from electronic documents, ensure all edits are incorporated correctly, proofread, and print out onto appropriate paper.  Ensure all executed agreements and amendments are accurately registered to the State Contract Procurement Registration System (SCPRS) and ensure that all executed SCC new agreements and amendments are processed in the Fi$Cal system. Secure the vendor’s supplier ID by using the std 204.  Create contract shells and Purchase Orders to fully encumber the funds in Fi$Cal to pay invoices. Ensure all SCC new agreements and amendments are accurately entered onto the Database, Tracking Log, and onto the paper version Drawdown Sheet.  Oversee the accuracy of Contracts information in the SCC’s Project Database to ensure the accounting of all executed and closed agreements are reflected accurately.

Serves as back-up to process SCC invoices from grantees and contractors.  Work with project staff, contractors, grantees, and the Conservancy’s Accounting Unit to get invoices processed for payment. Complete the invoice process which includes review of grant/contract agreements to ensure conditions precedent to payment have been met, the reimbursement requests are substantiated by appropriate back up documentation, that appropriate funding payments are made according to encumbrances, and reimbursable invoices are copied to the grants manager. Work with project staff and grantees/contractors to resolve invoice problems internally, if possible, or prepare and process Invoice Dispute, when necessary.  Enter invoice payments into SCC Project Database, ensuring electronic records match hard copy drawdown sheets in agreement file.  Receive invoices into Fi$Cal before forwarding to Accounting Unit for further processing.

Serves as back-up for preparing SFBRA agreements.  Ensure all edits are incorporated correctly, proofread, and finalize agreements.  Prepare and send out for DocuSign from electronic model agreements using Track Changes to coordinate edits from legal staff, project staff, and others in the review process.  Edit data from electronic documents, ensuring all edits are incorporated correctly, proofread, and print out onto appropriate paper.  Responsible for ensuring that all executed agreements and amendments are accurately logged.  Back-up for processing SFBRA invoices from grantees and contractors.  Work with both SCC and MTC project staff, contractors, and grantees to get SFBRA invoices processed in a timely manner.  Prepare extensions, augmentation, and other amendments, as requested.  Maintain active agreements, as necessary.

 

May be asked to fill in for other staff as back up, for cross training purposes.  This includes performing mail duties and assisting with board meetings, when required. May contribute and participate in JEDI related meetings. Update the Contracts and Procurement manual, when required and as needed.  Assist with audit requests.  Includes gathering information, responding to auditors, and reporting back to management, as required. Assist with preparation of the annual Contracting Reports to DGS. Perform special projects as required and requested.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

More information on the position and how to apply can be found on the CalCareers Website.

Press Release: SCC and City of Pacific Grove Celebrate Opening of Point Pinos Coastal Trail

Newest segment of the California Coastal Trail open to the public

 

PACIFIC GROVE, May 20, 2022 – Today, the City of Pacific Grove celebrated the formal opening of the Point Pinos Coastal Tail with a ribbon-cutting event attended by state and local officials and community leaders.  This newest segment of the state’s California Coastal Trail completes the 4 mile stretch of trail along Pacific Grove’s coastline and links to Coastal Trail segments to the north and south of the city.

“We are thrilled to have partnered with the Coastal Conservancy and other state and regional funding partners to move this trail project from vision to reality,” said Pacific Grove Mayor Bill Peake, “It is a culmination of efforts over 24 years by City Councils, Committees, Staff and Funding Agencies.  Without their continued support and efforts, it would not have been possible. Pacific Grove is already a world-class visitor destination, as positioned on the spectacular rocky coast of the Monterey Peninsula. This trail provides unimpeded access and views to the Pacific Ocean and Monterey Bay and links to coastal trails in Asilomar State Beach. This new coastal trail is easily accessible by car with nearby parking, hotel, and dining venues and downtown a few minutes away.  Visitors will not be disappointed.”

“Congratulations to the City of Pacific Grove for completing their spectacular Coastal Trail.” Said Amy Hutzel, Executive Officer of the State Coastal Conservancy, “Now residents and visitors can enjoy walking and biking not only the 4 miles within the City but also the 30-plus additional miles that connect to the cities of Monterey, Sand City, and Marina to the north and Carmel to the south. Pacific Grove has demonstrated to other coastal communities how to design and build trails to be resilient to climate change – by locating their trail and parking lots away the most vulnerable coastal areas and having a long-term plan to move the trail inland over time.”

Point Pinos Trail

The new trail improves the visitor experience and enhances safety and accessibility by locating the trail seaward of the parking areas to provide unobstructed ocean views. Beach access pathways direct visitors to designated access points and away from sensitive dune habitat. Buses and recreational vehicles can park in designated lots at either end of the trail, and accessible parking spaces are available at several locations.

Recognizing the threat sea level rise poses, the trail and parking are located outside of the projected 30-year erosion zone.  The impacts of storm surge and coastal erosion will be buffered by the 2.5 acres of restored dune habitat that was part of this project. In anticipation of future climate impacts beyond 2050, the City has developed a plan to relocate the trail inland and convert Ocean View Boulevard to a public two-way bike path when rising seas make it unsuitable as a roadway.

The project was funded by the City of Pacific Grove, the California State Coastal Conservancy, Air Resources Bord, California Natural Resources Agency, and Transportation Agency for Monterey County.

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

 

More about the project can be found here: https://www.cityofpacificgrove.org/pointpinostrail

 

The Coastal Conservancy is a state agency, established in 1976, to protect and improve natural lands and waterways, to help people get to and enjoy the outdoors, and to sustain local economies along California’s coast. The Conservancy is a non-regulatory agency that supports projects to protect coastal resources and increase opportunities for the public to enjoy the coast.

 

Since its founding, the Conservancy has:

  • Funded 4,000 projects along the California coastline and in the San Francisco Bay.
  • Protected 390,000 acres of coastal lands through acquisition of fee title and conservation easements.
  • Restored 33,000 acres of habitat.
  • Built 200 new coastal accessway and 210 miles of new trails.
  • Put $1.8 billion to work for conservation projects, and leveraged far more from federal, local government, and private sources.

 

 

 

RFQ: *Updated deadline* Consultant Services for Environmental Documentation And Permitting Of Forest Resilience Implementation Projects

*** DEADLINE UPDATED TO JUNE 20***

The State Coastal Conservancy is hiring a technical assistance contractor who specializes in environmental documentation, permitting, and project development for wildfire resiliency activities in California. The contractor will develop environmental documentation and permitting under the guidance of Conservancy staff for project partners who are looking to implement wildfire resilience projects in the Conservancy’s jurisdiction.

The deadline for responses is June 13, 2022 June 20, 2022.

The Conservancy’s Wildfire Resilience Program offers funding to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to implement projects that improve ecological health of natural lands and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. The Conservancy has identified a need for technical assistance to help local partners with the environmental documentation required to implement projects. This Request for Qualifications is intended to identify and contract with a consultant who can perform these services for project proponents under the Conservancy’s guidance.

The objective of all implementation projects is wildfire resiliency. Specific projects may include shaded fuel breaks, forest health measures, prescribed and cultural burns, mechanical and manual treatments, forest thinning, native plant restoration to improve wildfire resilience, prescribed herbivory (including infrastructure improvements) and other actions designed to improve the overall resiliency to wildfire. The Conservancy seeks to bring a consultant with broad environmental documentation and permitting experience under contract to help prepare shovel ready projects for project partners.

More information can be found in the full Request for Qualifications here.

Please email questions and submittals to: wildfire.resilience@scc.ca.gov

Press Release: Coastal Conservancy Awards over $28m in Grants

This week, the Board of the California State Coastal Conservancy awarded over $28.3 million in grants for coastal access, protect, restoration and climate resilience.  Included in the authorizations were $11.5 million for the acquisition of 384 acres at the Banning Ranch property in the Newport Beach. The acquisition of Banning Ranch is an extremely rare opportunity to enhance coastal resources damaged by decades of oil production and create new multi-benefit public parkland within this highly developed coastal region. Public ownership of Banning Ranch will enable the restoration of ecological resources and the protection of cultural resources, and will provide public access opportunities such as trails and potentially low-impact overnight accommodations. This property is the largest remaining private coastal parcel between Ventura County and the US/Mexico border.

The Board also authorized the Conservancy to enter into a Joint Powers Agreement with the Great Redwood Trail Authority for the purposes of developing the Great Redwood Trail Master Plan; and to spend up to $3,500,000 for the advancement of the trail in Mendocino, Trinity, and Humboldt Counties.

The full list of projects can be found on the Meeting page here.

Sea Otter Recovery Grants – Deadline August 5, 2022

The California State Coastal Conservancy announces the availability of grants to public agencies, tribes and nonprofit organizations for projects that facilitate the recovery of the southern sea otter along California’s coasts.

Background

The Coastal Conservancy (“Conservancy”) is a California state agency, established in 1976 to work with local communities to implement multi-benefit projects that protect and enhance coastal resources.  The Conservancy works along the entire length of California’s coast, within the watersheds of rivers and streams that extend inland from the coast, and throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

The California Sea Otter Fund is one of the state’s tax check-off funds that allows taxpayers to voluntarily contribute to the recovery of California’s sea otter population. The Conservancy receives approximately 50% of the revenues for “competitive grants and contracts to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for research, science, protection, projects, or programs related to the Federal Sea Otter Recovery Plan or improving the nearshore ocean ecosystem.”

Solicitation Priorities

Coastal Conservancy grants funded by the California Sea Otter Fund can be used for a variety of activities related to southern sea otter recovery and improving the nearshore ecosystem. Conservancy priorities for the funding are as follows:

  • Implement critical recovery actions of the Federal Southern Sea Otter Recovery Plan
  • Plan and implement projects to improve or expand southern sea otter habitat
  • Reduce environmental stressors impacting southern sea otters
  • Conduct research to inform actions or strategies to advance critical sea otter recovery actions, improve or expand sea otter habitat, or reduce stressors on southern sea otters

Funding Available

Each year, the Conservancy solicits proposals for the annual appropriation from the California Sea Otter Fund (see Section A). This year the Conservancy anticipates approximately $330,000 available for projects that meeting the fund’s objectives.

Grant application deadline is August 5, 2022.

The Grant Announcement and Application can be downloaded by clicking here.

Coastal Conservancy Public Zoom Meeting – May 05, 2022

Meeting Notice

Douglas Bosco (Public Member), Chair
Ann Notthoff (Public Member), Vice Chair
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 13)
John Laird (District 17)

Assembly Representatives
Mark Stone (District 29)
Robert Rivas (District 30)
Christopher Ward (District 78)

Amy Hutzel, Executive Officer
Amy Roach, General Counsel

AGENDA

Hybrid Meeting
DATE: May 05, 2022
TIME: 10:00 A.M.
LOCATION: California Natural Resources Agency
715 P Street, 1st Floor – Auditorium
Sacramento, CA 95814

This meeting will be conducted in a hybrid format. To maximize public safety while maintaining transparency and public access, members of the public can choose to participate either virtually via Zoom, by telephone, or in person at the location listed above. People attending in person will be required to adhere to the site’s health guidelines, which could include wearing masks, health screening, and social distancing.
Members of the public may join the meeting by internet with Zoom or by telephone with the following steps:

Join the meeting using Zoom: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84500403416?pwd=TWFIc1E1UmhobVVQV2lYaUpQMjVFUT09
Password: 230182

Or iPhone one-tap: US: +16699006833,,84500403416#,,,,*230182# or +12532158782,,84500403416#,,,,*230182#

Or Telephone: US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592

Webinar ID: 845 0040 3416
Password: 230182

Members of the public that are participating by Zoom or telephone can make comments during the meeting by using the “Raise Hand” function in Zoom at the appropriate time(s) in the meeting, or if joining by telephone by pressing *9 to “Raise Hand” to be called on. Public comment will be taken during each agenda item and near the end of the meeting on non-agenda items. Additional information on ways to provide public comments on agenda items, including in advance by email and voicemail, is available on the Conservancy’s website on the Meetings & Notices tab here: https://scc.ca.gov/2020/04/22/participating-in-conservancy-meeting/

**Agenda PDF**

1. ROLL CALL

2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s March 24, 2022 public meeting.

3. CONSENT ITEMS

A. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $596,000 to California American Water to remove or seal 1.3 miles of legacy water pipeline and its support structures from the Carmel River floodplain, Monterey County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

B. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $379,374 to Trout Unlimited to remove a fish passage barrier on Potrero Creek, in the Carmel River watershed, in Monterey County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

C. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $48,000 to Pacifica Land Trust to augment an existing Conservancy grant authorization of $41,800 for community-based habitat restoration and trail enhancement at Pedro Point Headlands in San Mateo County.

D. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $290,000 to the Resource Conservation District of Monterey County to replace a concrete ford with a steel bridge on Cachagua Creek, a tributary to the Carmel River, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

E. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,000,293, of which $967,114 was awarded to the Conservancy by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service through its National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, to The Nature Conservancy for the first phase of restoration work at Ormond Beach.

F. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $150,000 to the YMCA of San Diego County to prepare designs and environmental review documents for amenities at the YMCA Camp Surf facility including a restroom, equipment storage, classroom space, an outdoor kitchen, and outdoor showers to support on-beach camping at Imperial Beach in San Diego County.

G. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $200,000 to The Wildlands Conservancy for grazing infrastructure improvements to enhance native coastal prairie habitat, manage invasive plants, and reduce wildfire risk at the Jenner Headlands Preserve in Sonoma County.

H. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $508,400 to Jug Handle Creek Farm and Nature Center (JCFNC) to build cabins, additional campground bathroom facilities and related infrastructure on the JCFNC property located in the community of Caspar, Mendocino County.

I. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $3,161,921 of grant funds from the Association of Bay Area Governments to Santa Clara Valley Water District for implementation of the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project in the community of Alviso, City of San José, Santa Clara County.

J. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $260,000 to the City of Pacifica to repair the Pacifica Pier located in northern Pacifica, San Mateo County.

K. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $540,000 for consulting services to assist the Conservancy in maintaining and improving federal financial support for Conservancy projects.

L. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $100,000 to Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program (BORP) to update and host Wheeling Cal’s Coast, an online guide to wheelchair accessible parks and trails along the California coast and San Francisco Bay.

M. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $2,300,000 to contract for services to prepare environmental review documents, a cultural and tribal resource survey, and a property appraisal for the Hollister Ranch Coastal Access Program, in Santa Barbara County.

4. EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT

A. Legislative Report.

B. Hollister Ranch Coastal Access Program.

CENTRAL COAST
5. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $950,000 to Sempervirens Fund to acquire a conservation easement on the approximately 915-acre YMCA Camp Jones Gulch property in the Santa Cruz Mountains in unincorporated San Mateo County for natural resource and watershed protection, habitat restoration, open space protection, education, and recreation.

6. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $850,000 to the University of California, Berkeley, to replace a concrete ford with a bridge spanning Finch Creek, located within the University of California’s Hastings Natural History Reservation in Monterey County.

NORTH COAST

7. Consideration and possible authorization to: 1) enter into a Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) with the Great Redwood Trail Authority (GRTA) for the purposes of developing the Great Redwood Trail Master Plan and community engagement process and providing interim staffing and technical support to the GRTA; and 2) spend up to $2,500,000 of funds appropriated to the Conservancy specifically for the Great Redwood Trail to support the purposes of the JPA for the advancement of the trail in Mendocino, Trinity, and Humboldt Counties.

SOUTH COAST

8. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $6,000,000 to the Trust for Public Land to acquire 384 acres of the Banning Ranch property in Newport Beach and unincorporated Orange County.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA

9. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $987,000 to the Port of San Francisco, to be reimbursed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program, for wetland enhancement and nature-based shoreline stabilization of Heron’s Head Park in the City and County of San Francisco.

10. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $988,000 of grant funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to East Bay Regional Park District to restore wetland and riparian habitat and install interpretive panels on 159-acres of the Coyote Hills Regional Park in the City of Fremont, Alameda County, and adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act.

STATEWIDE

11. Update on preparation of the State Coastal Conservancy’s Strategic Plan 2023-2027.
Following adjournment of the Conservancy meeting, there will be a workshop on the Strategic Plan. Members of the public are welcome to attend the workshop.

12. PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

13. CONSERVANCY MEMBER COMMENTS

14. CLOSED SESSION

A. To confer regarding Pappas, et al. v. State Coastal Conservancy, et al., Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Case No. 1417388. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

B. To confer regarding Grassroots Coalition, et al. v. California State Coastal Conservancy, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. 21STCP02237. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

C. To confer regarding Defend Ballona Wetlands, et al. v. California State Coastal Conservancy, et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. 20STCV29911. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

D. To confer regarding Lebolt v. City and County of San Francisco, et al., San Francisco County Superior Court Case No. CGC-19-581761. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

E. To confer regarding City of Trinidad v. Tsurai Ancestral Society, et al., Humboldt County Superior Court Case No. DR180684. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

F. To confer regarding Brightview Landscape Development, Inc. v. From Lot to Spot, Inc., et al., Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. 21STCV39415. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

Please note: If a closed session is needed, the board will reconvene on the weblink provided above to make any reports, provide any documentation, and make any other disclosures required by Section 11125.2 of the Government Code.

15. ADJOURNMENT

WORKSHOP ON STRATEGIC PLAN
Immediately following the Conservancy meeting, there will be a workshop on the Conservancy’s Strategic Plan for 2023-2027. Members of the public are welcome to attend. The workshop will take place in person, with no virtual or telephone participation.

The workshop will take place at:
California Natural Resources Agency
715 P Street, Conference Room NRHQ 2-221
Sacramento, CA 95814

Note: Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Conservancy. At any time during the meeting, but prior to the adjournment of the open session of the meeting, the Conservancy may recess or adjourn to closed session to consider personnel matters, prices and terms of real estate transactions, and possible and pending litigation. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to attorney-client privilege and statutory authorization under Government Code Sections 11126(a), (c) (7), and (e).

Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this public meeting should contact Taylor Samuelson no later than five days prior to meeting.
Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Taylor Samuelson at
(510) 286-4182 or Taylor.Samuelson@scc.ca.gov or at the Conservancy:
1515 Clay Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Coastal Conservancy Celebrates Groundbreaking of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing at Liberty Canyon

Today, the State Coastal Conservancy joined Governor Newsom, the National Wildlife Federation, and partners to celebrate the start of construction on the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing at Liberty Canyon in Agoura Hills.

Spanning over ten lanes of the 101 freeway in the Agoura Hills area when complete, the crossing will be the largest in the world, the first of its kind in California, and a global model for urban wildlife conservation.  It will restore safe wildlife travel along a corridor between the inland Sierra Madre Mountains and the coastal Santa Monica Mountains.

Roads and development are deadly for animals trying to cross and have created islands of habitat that can genetically isolate wildlife, from bobcats to birds and lizards. This visionary wildlife crossing will preserve biodiversity across the region by re-connecting an integral wildlife corridor, and most critically, help save a threatened local population of mountain lions from extinction.

“Southern California is one of 25 hotspots of biological diversity on Earth but many coastal habitats in this region have been severed from inland landscapes.  Restoring connectivity across US-101 will provide southern California’s plant and animal life the essential habitat it needs for survival.” Said Amy Hutzel, Executive Officer of the Coastal Conservancy, “The Coastal Conservancy has been a staunch supporter of this project for many years, having funded the environmental assessment and design of the crossing in 2015, so we are thrilled to break ground on this project that will have a huge positive impact on regional biodiversity and means so much to the people of the LA area.”

 

Mary and Emely at Liberty Canyon Groundbreaking

Coastal Conservancy Deputy Executive Officer Mary Small and Project Manager Emely Lopez at the groundbreaking of the Wallis Annenberg Wildlife Crossing at Liberty Canyon

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