Cutting the Green Tape

CDFW image of Willets by the water at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

Announcements

Spring 2022 CNRA Cutting Green Tape Exchange 

On March 17, 2022, CDFW participated in the Cutting Green Tape Exchange, organized by the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) and the California Landscape Stewardship Network. Check out a recording of the exchange (YouTube) to get an update on the initiative’s progress across the state.

November 18, 2021 Public Meeting Presentation and Recording Available

The November 18, 2021 public meeting recording (YouTube)(opens in new tab) and slide presentation (PDF)(opens in new tab) on CDFW’s new Cutting the Green Tape (CGT) Program and CDFW’s role in the new California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Statutory Exemption for Fish and Wildlife Restoration Projects (SERP) process are now available.

Contact RestorationPermitting@wildlife.ca.gov with any questions.

2021 North Coast Coho Recovery Solicitation Released

CDFW is now accepting pre-application proposals for the 2021 North Coast Coho Recovery Proposal Solicitation (PDF)(opens in new tab). Pre-application proposals are due by 4:00 p.m. on September 30, 2021, through CDFW WebGrants.

For reference, a Microsoft Word version of the Pre-application Template (Word) is available. A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)(PDF(opens in new tab)) is also available. The FAQ will be updated as questions are submitted to WatershedGrants@wildlife.ca.gov.

CDFW will host an online pre-application workshop (PDF)(opens in new tab) to walk through the application process on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Summer 2021 North Coast Coho Recovery Geographic Location Map

2021 North Coast Coho Recovery geographic location map (PDF)(opens in new tab)

2021 North Coast Coho Recovery geographic boundary map (KMZ) - A map of high-priority coho habitat restoration areas identified by the North Coast Salmon Project for directed 2021 Proposition 1 funding.

2021 North Coast Coho Recovery map of barriers (KMZ) - Priority barriers from the Passage Assessment Database clipped by the North Coast Coho Recovery boundaries.

North Coast Coho Recovery Call for Concepts Workshop Recording and Presentation Available

CDFW recently hosted a public workshop on June 29, 2021, to provide an overview of the concept proposal and project-specific consultation process, in preparation for the Summer 2021 North Coast Coho Recovery Proposal Solicitation Notice (PDF) (opens in new tab)(opens in new tab) – the recording and presentation are now available.

June 29, 2021 - Call for Concept workshop (YouTube) (opens in new tab)(opens in new tab)

Call for Concept Workshop Presentation (PDF)(opens in new tab)

Summer 2021 North Coast Coho Recovery Call for Concepts

CDFW is now accepting concept proposals and scheduling consultations for the Summer 2021 North Coast Coho Recovery Proposal Solicitation Notice (PDF)(opens in new tab) until July 31, 2021.

CDFW will host a public workshop (PDF)(opens in new tab) to provide an overview of the concept proposal and project-specific consultation process on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Workshop Recordings and Presentations Available

The recording of both Cutting the Green Tape Workshops is now available:

Also available is a copy of the presentations:

 

 

 


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Background

The State of California has identified “Cutting the Green Tape” as a signature initiative to increase the pace and scale of environmental restoration. California has a proud tradition of strong laws that protect our environment from the effects of development and resource extraction. Unfortunately, projects that are beneficial to the environment can be slowed by the same processes and procedures that are designed to protect it. The pace and scale of environmental restoration has not kept up with the threats to California’s biodiversity from wildfire, drought, floods, human-wildlife conflict, and effects of climate change. Complex and overlapping permitting processes can result in fewer and smaller actions being taken at a slower pace and a greater expense. Much like the familiar term, red tape, green tape represents the extra time, money, and effort required to get environmentally beneficial work done because of inefficiencies in our current systems. Cutting the Green Tape means improving regulatory processes and policies so that this work can occur more quickly, simply, and cost-effectively.

CDFW’s Cutting the Green Tape program is a statewide effort, representing the department’s environmental permitting and grant funding programs with added support from its general counsel and executive leadership. This program will lead efforts to develop and implement improvements to the way the department issues permit and administers its grant programs, to accelerate the pace and scale of restoration throughout the state.

We're ready to help you with your project. Contact us at RestorationPermitting@wildlife.ca.gov .