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Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan Assists TOGETHER Bay Area in Acquiring State Coastal Conservancy Grant

The grant would support a 5-year project to advance conservation planning to support regional biodiversity and climate resilience.

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Sacramento, CA – The California State Coastal Conservancy has recently announced that TOGETHER Bay Area—a coalition of nonprofits, Native tribes, government agencies, and businesses—would receive $1,100,000 in grant funding to support conservation planning in the Bay Area by updating the Conservation Lands Network. Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan (D-Orinda), Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee and strong environmental advocate, was proud to write a letter of support to assist TOGETHER Bay Area in achieving their goal in making the Bay Area and Santa Cruz region more resilient.

“I’m so thrilled at the success of our efforts to improve conservation in the Bay Area,” said Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan. “The funding will increase the pace and scale of conservation and our work to meet climate challenges, and increase the region’s capacity for projects to support biodiversity.”

The Conservation Lands Network is an organizing tool for regional coordination, a set of geography-specific habitat goals for biodiversity conservation. It includes a set of maps and tools that are used by local practitioners and funders to support reaching habitat goals as well as a region-wide goal of 50% of land and waters conserved by 2050.

“This is very exciting for everyone involved—private landowners, land trusts, open space districts, county parks departments, water agencies, conservation nonprofits, and many more,” said Annie Burke, Executive Director of TOGETHER Bay Area. “The Assemblymember’s support of this project and TOGETHER Bay Area has made a difference and to say that we’re looking forward to the work ahead would be an understatement.”