- California Condor, Golden Eagle and Wind Energy Workshop
- The Center designed and facilitated a 65-person, two-day workshop in December 2011 which was jointly sponsored by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the California Department of Fish and Game. It was the first time stakeholders from the wind energy development, environmental nongovernmental community had been convened by the agencies for the purpose of exploring the challenges associated with wind energy development in the Tehachapi and Southern Sierra Mountains and protection of California condors and golden eagles. The focus of the workshop was information sharing, understanding of the respective interests of participating stakeholders, and identification of ideas and resources the participants had to creatively address the various issues they face. A pre-workshop assessment was conducted which provided significant insight to the stakeholders and informed the design of the event. A ‘design team’ was also convened to vet the workshop approach which included member from the wind energy and environmental NGO communities. The work conducted through the design team process spurred considerable dialogue within each stakeholder community deepening the quality of the conversation that took place at the workshop. The Workshop resulted in robust, prioritized lists of suggested future actions for both condor and golden eagle issues. The suggestions were taken by the agency sponsors to assist them in proposing next steps.
- Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area Scientific Review Committee
- CCP facilitates the Alameda County Community Development Agency’s scientific review committee (SRC) for the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area (Altamont Pass). The SRC advises the County on how to reduce high levels of raptor mortality resulting from wind turbine operation in the Altamont Pass. The CCP facilitation team developed a charter for the SRC and began facilitating SRC meetings in 2006. Following a legal settlement in 2007, the SRC was charged with advising the County and the participating wind companies to reduce avian mortalities by 50% by the fall 2012. The CCP facilitation team provided meeting design and facilitation for all SRC meetings, as well as ongoing strategic consultation with the parties. CCP created a website for the SRC to share information about its meetings and monitoring efforts in the Altamont Pass. CCP has also mediated disputes among science committee and monitoring team members.
- Desert Tortoise Recovery Planning Assessment and Recovery Implementation Team Management & Facilitation Coaching
- In late 2004, in response to Congressional direction, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) initiated updating the controversial 1994 Desert Tortoise Recovery Plan. With the ultimate objective of developing a scientifically credible recovery plan with realistic prospects for implementation and success, USFWS secured the impartial expertise of the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution (Institute) and the Center for Collaborative Policy (CCP) to assess the feasibility of a collaborative approach to recovery planning. The Institute and CCP collaborated to complete an assessment that included over 100 interviews with individuals representing the full spectrum of federal, state, and local governments, Tribal Nations, assorted conservation and environmental interest groups and a wide array of biologists across the Mojave Desert in California, southern Nevada, Arizona, and the southwestern tip of Utah. Information from the interviews showed significant uncertainty among stakeholders about the science underlying recovery efforts, and thus the assessment team recommended the creation of a broadly accepted and scientifically credible foundation of information to base the regional recovery action plans. The Desert Tortoise Management Oversight Group accepted the assessment team’s findings in August 2006. Subsequently, CCP was asked to provide facilitation coaching and process guidance to USFWS staff to expeditiously convene numerous regional recovery implementation work groups to develop 5-year Desert Tortoise Recovery Action Plans. After a series of facilitated meetings to explain and build upon the data provided from each work group participant, USFWS released draft 5-Year Action Plans for public review.