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,
tape, green tape
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