November 1st and 2nd, 2018 – CBC Fall Meeting and Field Trip, Mojave Desert, CA

Meeting and Field Trip Overview

The CBC will be meeting for a half-day plenary meeting and networking dinner on Thursday, November 1st followed by a full-day field trip on Friday, November 2nd. The field trip will include important sites in the vicinity of Twenty-nine Palms and Joshua Tree National Park.

The focus of the meeting will be to examine the unique ecology, biology and conservation history across the Mojave Desert ecoregion. There is much to be learned from the unique partnerships and planning processes that are being used to address the conservation and land management challenges and opportunities in this region. We will also reflect on how these lessons can be adapted to address similar challenges and opportunities in other ecoregions across the state.

The central themes for the plenary discussions and field trip are:

  • Learning about the ecology and biology of the Mojave Desert ecoregion, along with the challenges and opportunities for sustainable conservation.
  • Reviewing the progress of regional conservation assessments and partnerships to support the implementation of conservation and development goals across this ecoregion and other ecoregions in the state.
  • Exploring the creative relationships and partners that have been created to balance recreation and conservation objectives across this rich, yet fragile, system.

For further information, please see the flyer. CBC Fall Meeting Announcement

Species and Habitats Work Group

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.


Strengthening Agency Alignment for Natural Resource Conservation 

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.