The California Biodiversity Council (CBC) was formed in 1991 to improve coordination and cooperation between the various resource management and environmental protection organizations at federal, state, and local levels. Strengthening ties between local communities and governments has been a focus of the Council by way of promoting strong local leadership and encouraging comprehensive solutions to regional issues.
The Council was not created to independently establish new projects nor to become another bureaucracy. Rather, its purpose is to discuss, coordinate, and assist in developing strategies and complementary policies for conserving biodiversity. Members exchange information, resolve conflicts, and promote development of regional conservation practices.
The Council has 42 members, including 20 state agencies, 12 federal agencies, and 10 local governments. It is chaired by California Secretary for Resources John Laird and Bureau of Land Management California State Director Jerry Perez.
The Council meets 2-3 times a year on issues relating to natural resource conservation in California. Each bioregion has hosted several meetings. Meeting topics are selected by the Executive Committee. To propose a future meeting topic, or for more information, please contact Kamyar Guivetchi.
- CBC History and Memorandum of Understanding
- CBC Final Organizational Charter (Adopted November 13, 2017)
- 2013 CBC Resolution: Strengthening Agency Alignment for Natural Resource Conservation
- 2014 CBC Resolution: Implementing the Strategic Growth Council’s Integrated Regional Planning Initiative