The California Desert Solar and Land Conservation Working Group (Working Group) was initiated a year ago by the Resource Legacy Fund and is comprised of representatives of solar energy companies, the electric utility sector, conservation groups, environmental groups and philanthropic entities. Its mission is to "protect ecosystems, landscapes, and species while supporting timely development of solar energy resources in the California desert." This grant will support a second year of activities for the Working Group as it seeks to find broad-based support in the coming year for between 2000 - 4000 megawatts of new solar projects in the California desert. Many of these will be so-called "fast track" projects, and are positioned to qualify for federal grants which expire at the end of 2010. Over the longer term, the Working Group will seek to find common ground between solar developers and conservation groups on a set of shared standards regarding where and how solar projects should be developed. Ideally they will work with key federal and state executives to implement these common standards.
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for the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition
This grant supports the ongoing collaboration and climate and land-use planning efforts of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, for which the Resources Legacy Fund serves as fiscal sponsor. Leaders from five tribes founded the coalition in 2015, representing a historic consortium of sovereign tribal nations united in the effort to conserve the Bears Ears cultural landscape. (Substrategy: Advance Conservation Protections)
for the Conservation Litigation Project
Resources Legacy Fund’s Conservation Litigation Project works with a network of expert academics and partner organizations to advance legal scholarship and analysis in support of conservation of public lands and water, and related wildlife policies. The project organizes and facilitates the filing by academics of comments in administrative proceedings and amicus briefs in critical litigation. The project raises the profile of legal issues related to public lands for both legal and general audiences. (Substrategy: Defend Public Lands)
for the California Parks Forward Initiative
The California state parks system is the largest and most diverse in the country. Yet it has failed to keep up with the state’s changing needs and does not have the financial resources to care for and operate the system in the future. This grant would support the creation of a collaborative effort that would combine expertise, funding, and public involvement to develop and implement a new vision and long-term plan for the state parks to meet the future needs of Californians. The Parks Forward Initiative, to be coordinated by Resources Legacy Fund, has won the support of the governor’s office as well as the California Parks Commission. The Packard, Moore, Bechtel, and Irvine foundations, among others, have joined to support this effort.