Delta Conservation Framework

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Delta Conservation Framework 2018-2050

The Delta Conservation Framework is intended to serve as a comprehensive resource and guide for planning conservation in the Delta through 2050.

The Framework provides a template for regional and stakeholder-led approaches to restoring ecosystem functions to the Delta landscape. It incorporates feedback from a series of public workshops initiated in 2016, prior planning efforts and the best available science on Delta ecosystem processes.

The history, culture, politics and ecosystems of the Delta are complex. The Delta is also connected in many ways to the lands, watersheds and communities that surround it. If the Delta Conservation Framework is used as a guide toward future conservation project planning and implementation, and its conservation goals and strategies are pursued by all Delta stakeholders, it is possible to achieve the vision of a Delta composed of resilient natural and managed ecosystems situated within a mosaic of towns and agricultural landscapes, where people prosper and healthy wildlife communities thrive.

The Delta Conservation Framework includes broad goals that acknowledge the importance of effective communication, community engagement, and education, making decisions based on science, and working collectively on conservation permitting and funding. The Framework suggests multiple strategies that could be used by all Delta stakeholders to move conservation forward.

CDFW initiated the process to develop the Delta Conservation Framework to maintain and increase conservation momentum in the Delta after the pivot away from the Bay Delta Conservation Plan.

Please access the Delta Conservation Framework (DCF) documents below:

Thank You for Your Participation in the Delta Conservation Framework Workshop Series

Your input and recommendations throughout the workshops provided us with invaluable contributions to the Delta Conservation Framework document.

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Please find materials from the 2017 Delta Conservation Framework public draft review workshops below.

Beginning in June 2016 the Delta Restoration Network held a series of six public meetings/workshops to capture input and feedback from the Delta stakeholder community and inform the development of the central elements of the Delta Conservation Framework. These elements include the Delta Conservation Framework purpose, vision, principles, goals, and strategies that address the need for:

  1. Integration of conservation, agriculture and community goals,
  2. Conservation of ecosystem processes to promote function, and
  3. Addressing conservation implementation challenges and establishing good-neighbor practices.


Workshop Materials for Download


Introductory Meeting - June 28, 2016

Workshop 1 - August 18, 2016

Workshop 2 - September 21, 2016

Workshop 3 - October 20, 2016

Workshop 4a - November 30, 2016


Workshop 4b - December 1, 2016

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November 2016 Workshop Stakeholders 

Delta stakeholders participating in the public workshop series.