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Land Conservation and Changing Demographics

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Presentation to the George Wright Society about parks and conservation in the Bay Area and how the demographics of the region are affecting our work.

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Land Conservation and Changing Demographics

  1. 1. Bay Area Land Conservation and Changing Demographics George Wright Society Conference March 31, 2015
  2. 2. This is Annie Annie Burke Deputy Director annie@openspacecouncil.org Twitter: @BA_OpenSpace Instagram: @bayareaopenspace
  3. 3. Photo: Lech Naumovich What does land conservation mean in the Bay Area? How does land conservation happen in the Bay Area? Who’s changing? How can we all use our Outdoor Voice?
  4. 4. Photo: Lech Naumovich What does land conservation mean in the Bay Area?
  5. 5. 1.4 million acres of protected land 1 million acres publicly accessible 10’s of millions of park visitors annually Thousands of trailheads Hundreds of thousands of acres in farms and ranches 7 million human residents Biodiversity hotspot
  6. 6. Redwood forests Rich agricultural land Oak woodlands Hundreds of watersheds Sacramento Delta Prairies and grasslands Mountains and ridges Urban parks Beaches and shoreline Trails of many kinds
  7. 7. Land acquisition Land stewardship Outdoor education Community building Food production Water supply Public health Habitat restoration Cultural resources And 100 other flavors
  8. 8. • Conservation Lands Network (BayAreaLands.org) • Nonprofit land trusts buy land, turn over to public agency • Partnerships between land trusts and Native tribes • 20,000 acres in Buckeye Forest in Sonoma Co all the way to 8 acres in El Cerrito purchased by Trust for Public Land • Habitat Conservation Plans, Master plans, Greenprints, Mitigation and Vision Documents • And more… Some examples of how the Bay Area: PROTECTS THE LAND
  9. 9. • Stewardship 5.0 led by Sempervirens Fund • Tamalpais Lands Collaborative • Urban Releaf in Oakland • Terrestrial Biodiversity Climate Change Collaboration • Critical Linkages for wildlife • Save the Redwoods climate change research • And more… Some examples of how the Bay Area: STEWARDS THE LAND
  10. 10. • Grazing on public lands • Sunol AgPark • Pie Ranch • Coyote Valley in the south bay • Conservation easements • Marin Carbon Project • UC Cooperative Extension • And more… Some examples of how the Bay Area: WORKS THE LAND
  11. 11. • Trails Challenge by East Bay Regional Park District • Healthy Parks Healthy People • Pogo Park in Richmond • LandPaths’ Bayer Farm • Shuttle from Bayview Hunters Point to the Presidio • Ridge Trail and Bay Trail • And more… Some examples of how the Bay Area: CONNECTS PEOPLE TO THE LAND
  12. 12. Photo: Lech Naumovich How does land conservation happen in the Bay Area?
  13. 13. “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Aristotle
  14. 14. 65 member organizations and agencies including:  Nonprofits: land trusts, advocacy organizations, friends groups, conservancies  Cities  Counties  Special districts  Resource Conservation Districts  California State Parks  Federal agencies: National Park Service, BLM
  15. 15. Relationships Photo by Jen Hale
  16. 16. Break bread together
  17. 17. Share information (and not just the good stuff)Photo: Jen Hale
  18. 18. Make it visible Photo: Jen Hale
  19. 19. Have fun
  20. 20. Photo: Lech Naumovich Who’s changing?
  21. 21. By 2050, California’s population will grow by 35%. That’s the size of metro LA today. 95% of Californians live in urban areas. This isn’t expected to change. Today Latinos are the largest ethnic group in California – by 2050 Latinos will comprise nearly half the population. Nearly a quarter of Californians live in poverty today. California is growing older, more obese, and unhealthy. Source: California Council of Land Trust’s Horizon’s Report CALIFORNIA
  22. 22. Source: Plan Bay Area, Chapter 2 Between 2010 and 2040, the Bay Area is projected to add 2.1 million people and 660,000 homes, for a total of 9.3 million people and 3.4 million homes. By 2040 Latinos will emerge as the largest ethnic group, increasing from 23% to 35%. The number of Asians will increase from 21% to about 24% of the population. Non-Hispanic whites will drop sharply from approximately 45% in 2010 to about 31% in 2040. The African-American population is expected to decline slightly, dropping from 6% to 5%. BAYAREA
  23. 23. Source: Focus group with 10 Latino participants, January 2015 There is an untapped potential to engage Latinos and business/tech workers. People need to be asked to get involved. LATINOSandBUSINESS I don’t know if I would have done that if not prompted to, but now that I see it on here, it is worthy of giving a portion of that (theoretical) $1,000. I was one of those who wouldn’t have thought to give to natural areas, unless prompted. It looks like some of these parks need help and there is a bunch of things I can do, not just make a bunch of trailheads. It seems like there is something I can do.
  24. 24. What are we doing about it?
  25. 25. What we do What they do Where the magic happens
  26. 26. What we do What they do Where the magic happens National Park Youth program
  27. 27. What we do What they do Where the magic happens National Park Youth program Land trust Public health department
  28. 28. What we do What they do Where the magic happens National Park Youth program Land trust Public health department Parks & Rec dept Job training center
  29. 29. Maybe we don’t need to change what we’re doing. We will need to change how we’re doing it.
  30. 30. Photo: Lech Naumovich How can we all use our Outdoor Voice?
  31. 31. What if we did this math: Ecosystem of organizations and agencies protecting the land, stewarding & working the land, and connecting people to the land + The need for significant regional funding + More Bay Area residents who care about land conservation IF prompted
  32. 32. Outdoor Voice A regional initiative to build a large and diverse constituency for land conservation A way for park users to deepen their experience with the places they love
  33. 33. Outdoor Voice www.outdoorvoice.org facebook.com/outdoorv oice @outdoorvoice Launching at Open Space Conference on May 14, 2015
  34. 34. Photo: Lech Naumovich Land conservation means a wide range of things in the Bay Area. Embracing a culture of collaboration means achieving more. We can change what we do, or how we do it (or both). Either way we need to change. A regional initiative is launching to maximize opportunities and unify the region.
  35. 35. This is Annie Annie Burke Deputy Director annie@openspacecouncil.org Twitter: @BA_OpenSpace Instagram: @bayareaopenspace

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