The CBC Organizational Charter describes the governance, organization, and administration of the CBC. The CBC was formed in 1991 under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve coordination and cooperation among various resource management and environmental protection agencies and organizations to ensure protection of biological diversity and the maintenance of economic viability throughout California. The MOU is a cornerstone of CBC activities and is one of the foundational documents referenced in the Organizational Charter. The CBC Organizational Charter is available online.
To advance the development and implementation of a standardized ecoregional conservation approach across the State, the CBC adopted a resolution on October 29, 2014 to engage and align its membership with the Integrated Regional Conservation and Development (IRCAD) program that is coordinated through the Strategic Growth Council (SGC). Click here to learn more about the IRCAD program.
The Species and Habitats Work Group was formed in July 2014 to begin developing a proposal to the CBC for increasing alignment of agency conservation work. Members include representations from the Strategic Growth Council, CALCC, Caltrans, California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, California Dept. of Water Resources, California Dept. of Conservation, and USDA Forest Service.
The California Biodiversity Council (CBC) held a Workshop to Align Agency Conservation Plans, Policies and Programs in October, 2012, and the results of this workshop led to the Feb. 6, 2013 California Biodiversity Council Meeting in Davis, CA where the Co-Chairs committed to a new resolution for the Council. This resolution, Strengthening Agency Alignment for Natural Resource Conservation is available as a PDF document. As part of the resolution, CBC Co-Chairs have recommended the formation of an interagency committee to coordinate alignment activities, evaluate risks and opportunities, and maintain an inventory/description of communication and planning processes and tools. Find out more here.