Agricultural Public Policy
The Conservation Partnership recognizes the need to monitor and participate in the regulatory environment that impacts the decisions and economics on every farm and ranch. The District contributes as a participant and liaison to the public process as well as a leader for change in the permitting process.
Alameda County Agriculture Advisory Committee
The District holds a position on the Agriculture Advisory Committee (AAC), which meets monthly.
The 18 Committee members are appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve voluntarily. They are experts in their fields including agritourism, livestock, row crops, horticulture, orchards/viticulture, equine facilities, land trust, agriculture economics, recreation/parks, watershed ecology/management, water resources, rangeland ecology, plant ecology, and wildlife biology.
The purpose of the Committee is to act as a technical advisory panel of experts on matters involving the economic enhancement of agriculture and environmental conservation on applicable agricultural lands in Alameda County. The Committee has authority to provide leadership in developing policies, directing studies, and commenting on legislation. It may advise cities, Alameda County agencies and the Board of Supervisors, other governments and groups.
AAC has developed multiple programs that have been adopted by the Board of Supervisors that the Conservation Partnership has participated in. These programs include:
Equine CUP Streamlining Project
Completed January 2004 and approved by the Board of Supervisors, the project developed a streamlined process for the County to permit boarding stables. The completed report is available for download here.
Oak Ordinance and Management Plan
Approved by the County in February, 2005. The objective of the plan is to promote oak woodland conservation through education and outreach, public policy and support of landowners who voluntarily participate in programs that conserve oak woodland landscape. It provides the necessary eligibility for the County or private landowners to participate in the California Oak Woodlands Conservation Program, established by the California Wildlife Conservation Board. Private landowners may apply for land easements and the County may apply for education and planning grants. In addition, it provides guidance for land use decisions in the County by providing a woodland map, ecological information and management concerns and strategies. The Committee consisted of the RCD, University of California Cooperative Extension, the County's forester, and the AAC plant ecologist.
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California Rangeland Conservation Coalition
The US Fish and Wildlife invited the Conservation Partnership to join with other agricultural and environmental organizations to develop a strategy to conserve specific rangelands that have shared values. From this initial meeting at the Koopmann Ranch in fall, 2005, the California Rangeland Resolution was drafted. The resolution is currently signed very diverse agricultural organizations, environmental interest groups, as well as state and federal agencies. The signatories have pledged to work together to preserve and enhance California's rangelands for species of special concern, while supporting the long-term viability of the ranching industry.
The Coalition's committees actively work on state and federal legislation, foster and distribute research, develop inter-agency collaboration, and promote land protection. The Coalition annually sends a delegation of ranchers and the conservation community to Washington, D.C. to present information.
The Coalition's current action plan, Rangeland Resolution and the updated list of signatories can be found at the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition website.
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