Regional Reflections and Opportunities Ahead

James Sedlak

James Sedlak

CivicSpark Fellow

To close out the year, Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (CAMP) held its last member meeting open to the public as a way to not only reflect upon itself in traditional end-of-year fashion, but build a stronger vision for the year ahead. Steve Frisch, SBC President, gave a fantastic overview of information and member highlights from the past year, including:

 

However, there is still a tremendous amount of work. Heat and precipitation extremes are increasing, the snowpack is declining, streamflow patterns are shifting, and extreme weather events like drought and wildfires are destroying natural lands. And thus, it is a major relief to see the state invest $15 billion over the next few years to address climate concerns. Some specific allocations (combined with early action allotments) of particular interest to the Sierra Nevada include:

  • $314 million for the CalFIRE Forest Health Program;
  • $200 million for climate resilient centers and extreme heat community resilience programs;
  • $768 million over the next three year budget period for multi-benefit and nature-based solutions;
  • $438 million for an agriculture package;
  • $855 million for a water resilience package to addressing drought issues; and
  • perhaps most uplifting for regional collaboratives: over the next three years, $250 in Regional Climate Resilience planning and implementation through the Governor’s Office and Strategic Growth Council as well as a combined $45 million for more specific programs within each department.

 

While the entire budget package gives hope for meaningful action, the boost in regional climate programs is particularly exciting for CAMP and similar groups within the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA). Now is the time to extend our hands further with neighboring individuals, jurisdictions, agencies, and NGOs to advance climate mitigation and adaptation priorities to meet regional needs. By working together, we can better understand regional climate hazards, brainstorm pathways to drive just economic and workforce development, identify vulnerable and/or under-resourced communities plan co-beneficial that include a wider spectrum of stakeholder input, and combine resources to increase capacity for critical measures like knowledge sharing, grant processing, and project implementation. Greater regional participation leads to a safer, more resilient Sierra Nevada.

Sierra CAMP membership enrollment for 2022 is now open. If you are interested in renewing your membership or joining for the first time, please sign up using this form and we will be in touch with you. If you know of anyone who you think would be interested in joining Sierra CAMP, please share this information with them as well.

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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