Resources Legacy Fund

For The California Desert Solar And Land Conservation Project

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The Resources Legacy Fund (RLF) is a Sacramento-based organization that helps philanthropic institutions and environmental organizations to become catalysts for protecting, restoring and conserving natural landscapes. The California Desert Solar and Land Conservation Working Group (Working Group) was initiated by RLF and is comprised of representatives of solar energy companies, the electric utility sector, desert 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 supports the Working Group's efforts to advance timely solar development and appropriate land conservation in the California desert by developing a work plan that will eventually lead to the permitting of "shovel-ready" projects by December 2010. This data will allow the solar developers to have the potential to access federal stimulus funds and incentives. The work plan will include effective siting of solar energy production and transmission infrastructure while insuring that the most important landscapes and species of the California desert are protected. It is hoped that this process can also provide a model that can be used across the nation. The Working Group's efforts will be facilitated and coordinated by RLF staff and consultants. (New, $100,000/1; 23% of project budget)
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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.

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