CNRA Speaker Series: Biodiversity


MY NAME IS WADE
CROWFOOT AND I’M INCREDIBLY LUCKY TO
LEADED CALIFORNIA NATURAL RESOURCES AGENCY. THIS IS THE
SECOND EDITION OF THE SECRETARY SPEAKER
SERIES AND THE IDEA IS TO SPEND AN HOUR ONCE EVERY COUPLE MONTHS
BRINGING IN EXTERNAL BIG THINKERS TO
OUR AGENCY TO REALLY ELEVATE PRIORITIES THAT WE WANT TO WORK
ON WITHIN GOVERNMENT AND — RAISE YOUR
HAND IF YOU CAME TO THE FIRST EVENT. A FEW. SOME OF YOU.
REPEAT CUSTOMERS. FIRST EVENT WAS ON
MULTI BENEFIT FLOOD PLAINS. WE’RE LOOKING AT HOW CAN WE
PROTECT COMMUNITIES FROM FLOOD RIFBS WHILE
BENEFITTING THE ENVIRONMENT. WE’RE TALKING ABOUT A REALLY
EXCITING TOPIC WITH A BUNCH OF DIFFERENT
THOUGHT LEADERS. LET ME JUST SAY THAT IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN
OTHER CONCEPTS — DISCUSSING ANY MANNER
OF THINGS. IN DEPTH INTERVIEWS OR EVEN DO THINGS LOOK MOVIES OR
TRAMS. LIND TRAINING PROGRAMS. JUST A QUICK
SURVEY IN TERMS OF WHO’S IN THE ROOM. RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU
WORK WITH A NATURAL RESOURCE AGENCY.
THAT’S GREAT. RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU WORK FOR ANOTHER STATE
AGENCY. GREAT. IF YOU WORK FOR A
FEDERAL AGENCY . WE’RE THANKFUL FOR OUR
PARTNERSHIP WITH BLM AND BIODIVERSITY COUNCIL. RAISE
YOUR HAND IF YOU’RE FROM A LOCAL GOVERNMENT . NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATION
? NGO? EXCELLENT. AEK DEEM. ACADEMIA?
TRIBAL LEADERSHIP? WHAT OTHER CATEGORIES HAVE I MISSED?
GOOD. . THE WAY I TALK ABOUT WHAT WE’RE GOING T WE’RE GOING
TO GOING TO TALK ABOUT TODAY IS SCIENTISTS TELL US THERE ARE
TWO CRISIS TWO CRISIS FACING THE PLANET.
CLAIMANT THE PLANET CLIMATE CHANGE. THE SECOND CRISIS MUCH
LESS DISCUSSED IS THIS TREND OF MASS EXTINCTS THA
EXTINCTION WHERE WE LOSE TYPES OF PLANTS AND ANIMALS FOREVER.
THAT’S SOMETHING WE STARTED TO TALK ABOUT LAST ADMINISTRATION
UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF GOVERNOR BROWN
BUT HAVEN’ HAVEN’T BEEN A CENTRAL DISCUSSION WITHIN STATE
GOVERNMENT AND WE’RE EXCITED TO CHANGE THAT. TODAY WE’RE GOING
TO TALK ABOUT BOTH THE CONCEPT AT LARGE AND WHAT’S HAPPENING ON
THE GROUND WITH LOCAL LEADERSHIP AND
WHAT OUR THOUGHT PARTNERS HAVE DONE T DONE TO DATE WITH THE
STATE ON THE TOPIC OF BIODIVERSITY. WE’RE GOING TO
START OFF WITH SOMEWHAT INSPIRATIONAL VIDEO
VIDEO AND JUST PUT IN SOME PLANE TARP SCOPE AND THEN WE’LL
ASK ONE OF OUR COLLEAGUES TO TALK
ABOUT BIODIVERSITY IN CALIFORNIA, BRING UP A PANEL OF
LEADERS THAT BRING PERSPECTIVES AND TALK ABOUT THE
ROLE THAT SCIENCE PLAYS IN THIS MOVE AND SOMETHING WE CAN ALL DO
AS SOON AS DO AS SOON AS THIS WEEKEND. SO LET ROLL
THE VIDEO . EXTINC . (VIDEO)
NEW SPEAKER: BIODIVERSITY IS REPRESENTS THE TOTAL VARIETY OF
ALL LIFE ON EARTH. THAT’S A BIG THING TO SUM UP. THOUSANDS OF
DIFFERENT HABITATS, MILLIONS OF DIFFERENT SPECIES, BILLIONS OF
DIFFERENT INDIVIDUALS, AND TRILLIONS OF
CHARACTERISTICS THEY HAVE. THE TOTAL BIODIVERSITY OF OUR PLANET
IS IMMENSE. WHICH IS A GOOD THING,
BECAUSE THE MORE BIODIVERSITY, THE MORE SECURE ALL LIFE ON
EARTH IS. INCLUDING OURSELVES. ONLY WHEN
LIFE IS AT ITS MOST VARIED, VIGOROUS, BIODIVERSE CAN WE HOPE
TO THRIVE. WE MAY NOT KNOW IT, BUT
WE NEED FORESTS TO TAKE AWAY CARBON AND KEEP THE
CLIMATE STABLE. WE NEED MILLIONS OF POLLEN ATORSATORS. WE NEED JUNGLES TO CREATE OUR
MEDICINES AND SWAMPS TO PROTECT COASTS WE DEPEND UPON. OUR
BIODIVERSITY PROVIDES ALL THE THINGS WE NEED FOR FREE. BUT IT
WILL ONLY DO SO IF THERE’S LOTS OF IT. AND
AT THE MOMENT, IT’S UNDER ATTACK . IN THE LAST 50 YEARS OUR
ACTIVITIES HAVE DRAMATICALLY REDUCED
BIODIVERSITY ACROSS THE GLOBE. WE’VE SNUFFED OUT HABITATS,
REDUCED POPULATIONS OF WILD ANIMALS BY 50%
AND EVEN DRIVEN WHOLE SPECIES
EXTINCT. THE NUMBER OF LIONS IN AFRICA HAS DROPPED BY 65 BY 65%.
THE NUMBER OF INDIVIDUAL FLY INSECTS IN EUROPE HAS DROPPED BY
7 BY 75%. THE NUMBER OF BLUE FIN TUNA IN THE PACIFIC BY 95%.
BIODIVERSITY IS DROPPING EVERYWHERE AND FAST. THIS IS
CATASTROPHIC FOR NATURE AND THEREFORE
OURSELVES. WE TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE A LOT, BUT
BIODIVERSITY LOSS IS AS IMPORTANT AS ISSUE. HOW DO WE
STOP THIS LOSS OF LIFE LIFE? HOW DO WE ENSURE BIODIVERSITY
YOU ARE OUR PLANET’S’S INVITEAL
STATISTIC, DPINS, BEGINS TO INCREASE AGAIN? WE ALREADY KNOW
EXACTLY WHAT TO DO. TO DO.
NEW SPEAKER: SO THAT I THINK PROVIDES SOME
PLANE TEAR CONTEXT AND INSPIRATION IN TERMS OF WHAT
WE’RE TRYING TO PROTECT COLLECTIVELY WE WE OUN WE WE
WANT TO FOCUS THE CONVERSATION ON WHAT
BIODIVERSITY MEANS FOR CALIFORNIA AND HOW WE CAN
ACTUALLY LEAD THE WORLD PROTECTING SPECIES MUCH
LIKE WE’RE LEADING THE WORLD REDUCING GREENHOUSE GAS
EMISSIONS. I WANT TO INTRODUCE HEAVE
I WANT TO INTRODUCE KEVIN HUNTING. HE WENT INTO
RETIREMENT MINDING HIS OWN BUSINESS, WE RECRUITED HIM BACK
TO HELP ADVISE US ON WHAT WE CAN BE DOING ON BIODIVERSITY. SO
THE QUESTION I ASK YOU, KEVIN, AS YOU START
US ON THE UPDATE IS WE SAW A LOT OF EXOTIC SPECIES FROM AFRICAN
LIONS TO WHALES IN THE ARCTIC TO ANY
MANNER OF ORGANISMS OUTSIDE OF CALIFORNIA. WHY DOES THIS
MATTER TO US IN CALIFORNIA AND WHAT IS THE
STATE OF OUR BIODIVERSITY NEW SPEAKER: THE RIGHT
QUESTIONS, WADE. THANKS FOR INVITING ME BACK OUT OF
RETIREMENT TO DO THINGS I REALLY CARE VERY MUCH
ABOUT. INSPIRING VIDEO. A LITTLE
CONCERNING. MY JOB HERE TODAY IS TO REALLY SET THE CONTEXT FOR
THIS WHAT I CONSIDER TO BE A STELLAR
PANEL THOUGHT OF LEADERS ON THE TOPIC OF BIODIVERSITY.
SO AS I’M SURE MANY OF YOU KNOW, CALIFORNIA IS A — ONE OF THE MOST DIVERSE,
IF I CAN GET THIS TO — CALIFORNIA I IS HAS THE
MOST BIODIVERSITY OF ANY STATE IN THE UNITED STATES. IN FACT
IT’S A GLOBAL HOT SPOT FOR DUIIN FOR
BIODIVERSITY IN THE NATION, YOU CAN SEE FROM THIS SLIDE
HERE WHICH IS KIND OF A MEASURE OF BIODIVERSITY THROUGH THE LENS OF SPECIES
RICHNESS OR THE NUMBER OF SPECIES IN A GIVEN AREA AND
RARITY, THE NUMBER OF RARE SPECIES. SO COMBINE THATS
NUMBER OF RARE SPECIES WITH A NUMBER OF SPECIES
OVERALL IN A GIVEN AREA AREA IN THE UNITED STATES, THIS IS WHAT
YOU SEE. SO BIODIVERSITY IS CALIFORNIA. AND IN FACT IT’S
REALLY IT’S REALLY IS OUR NATURAL HERITAGE. THE ARTS AND
LITERATURE, OUR CULTURAL HERITAGE, THE EXCEPTIONAL
BIODIVERSITY IN CALIFORNIA IS OUR NATURAL
HERITAGE, WORTH PROTECTING AND CONSERVING. NEXT COUPLE OF
SLIDES KIND OF IT’S
THIS GENERALLY, THE SLIDE OF PLANT RICHNESS, NUMBER OF PLANTS
IN THE ECO LOGICAL REGION THROUGHOUT
CALIFORNIA, REALLY EXCEPTIONAL WHEN IT COMES TO THE U.S. TO THE
U.S. AND CALIFORNIA. THIS IS ONE OF BIRD SPECIES
RICHNESS. WE HAVE ABOUT 450 NATIVE SPECIES OF BIRDS IN
CALIFORNIA. HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS MORE
MIGRATE THROUGH DIFFERENT SPECIES MIGRATE THROUGH
CALIFORNIA EACH YEAR MAKING IT REALLY ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE
PLACES ON EART ON EARTH FOR THAT KIND OF BIODIVERSITY.
WE’RE ALSO THE MOST POPULOUS STATE IN THE UNITED STATES, AND
YOU HEARD HEARD IN THE VIDEO A LOT
OF THOSE THREATS AND THE CONCERNS YOU SAW ARE ALSO
PLAYING OUT HERE IN CALIFORNIA. . INVASIVE
SPECIES, POPULATIONS, AND AND CAN LEAD TO EXTINCTION. CLIMATE
CHANGE IS PROBABLY THE MOST THE MOST EXTENSIONAL THREAD WE
HAVE IN CALIFORNIA AND YOU HEARD IN THE VIDEO SPECIES EXTINCTION.
SO THAT’S HAPPENING HERE TOO. THIS IS NOT UNIQUE TO OTHER
PLACES ON THE PLANET. BUT THROUGH ALL
THAT WHAT ARE WE TO GO HERE IN CALIFORNIA? WHAT IS IT WE’RE
DOING TO PREVENT EXTINCTION AND CONSERVE
THE DIVERSITY OF LIFE IN CALIFORNIA? WE’VE GOT A WAYS TO
GO. ACTUALLY WE HAVE A LONG WAYS TO GO.
BUT WE ARE — CALIFORNIA IS ACTING AS A LEADER IN MANY WAYS.
A LARGE PART OF OUR LAND BASE IS CURRENTLY UNDER SOME LEVEL OF
PROTECTION. YOU THINK O OF NATIONAL FORESTS AND NATIONAL
PARKS, WILDLIFE AREAS, THEY ALL HAVE
VARYING DEGREES OF PROTECTION BUT ALL THESE PROTECTED AREAS
YOU’LL HEAR MORE ABOUT THIS FROM OUR
SPEAKERS, CONTRIBUTE TO THE PROTECTION OF BIODIVERSITY.
WE’RE A LEADER IN CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
AND PROGRAMS. I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY OTHER STATE IN THE
UNITED STATES THAT’S TAKEN THE LEAD ON
ENVIRONMENTAL AND WILDLIFE POLICY THAT CALIFORNIA HAS.
WITH VARYING DEGREES OF SUCCESS. WE HAVE
CONSERVATION PLANNING PROGRAMS THAT HAVE RESULTED IN OVER A
MILLION ACRES A MILLION ACRES ON THE GROUND
BEING PROTECTED PERPETUALLY AND THROUGH THE
INVESTMENT STRATEGY PROGRAM WE HAVE A VEHICLE NOW TO MEASURE
AND DOCUMENT BASELINE BIODIVERSITY THROUGHOUT
THE STATE. SO THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF GOOD PROGRESS IN THAT
ARENA. PARTNERSHIPS FOR CONSERVATION,
EVERYBODY IN THIS ROOM I’M SURE IS FAMILIAR WITH THE
PARTNERSHIPS THAT STATE HAS ESTABLISHED, THAT
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS HAVE INITIATED AND PARTNER WITH THE STATE ON.
REGIONAL PARTNERSHIPS LIKE THE HABITAT
JOINT VENTURES ALL CONTRIBUTE TO AN INCREASING OUR KNOWLEDGE OF
BIODIVERSITY AND THE PROTECTION OF
BIODIVERSITY IN CALIFORNIA. TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION,
EXCITING STUFF THAT I’M PRETTY EXCITED OVER MY
CAREER TO SEE THE ADVANCES HERE. NOW WE CAN REMOTELY SENSE OR
REMOTELY DOCUMENT AND OBSERVE SPECIES
IN A HABITAT AND ENVIRONMENTAL PARAMETERS LIKE WE NEVER COULD
BEFORE BEFORE… BIODIVERSITY DAY WHICH IS
ACTUALLY OCCURS FOR A SECOND TIME THIS SATURDAY .
IN AN EFFORT WAS SUPPORTED BY LEADERS OUTSIDE OF GOVERNMENT.
ONE OF THOSE WAS DAN GLUESENKAMP THE
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CALIFORNIA NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY.
DAN, IF YOU CAN COME UP AND LET US KNOW
SORT OF WHAT THE STATE OF THE EFFORT IS AS IT RELATES TO THE
WORK OF LEADERS AND GROUPS OUTSIDE OF
GOVERNMENT, WITH STATE GOVERNMENT .
NEW SPEAKER: BEFORE I GET STARTED I WANTED TO
FOCUS ON THAT FIRST BULLET OF KEVIN”S SLIDE AND
ACKNOWLEDGE THE SUCCESS STORY THAT THAT REPRESENTS. WE’VE
SAVED HALF OF OUR LAND. BY SAVED THAT
DOESN’ DOESN’T MEAN IT’S LOCKED UP AS PUBLIC LAND THAT CAN’T BE
USE CAN’T BE USED BY RANCHERS. IT MEANS IT
HAS STATUS THAT ALLOWS IT TO CONSERVE BIODIVERSITY. AND AS A
RESULT WE HAVE BEEN FAIRING PRETTY WELL IN
THE FACE OF THE EXTINCTION CRISIS. AND THAT CALIFORNIA
SUCCESS STORY IS SOMETHING REALLY
REMARKABLE THAT I THINK WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT MORE AND I’M JUST
HONORED TO BE HERE IN THIS ROOM AND BUILDING
THAT HOUSED PEOPLE WHO LARGELY MADE THAT POSSIBLE, FOLKS IN
THIS BUILDING OVER THE LAST SEVERAL
DECADES HAVE KILLED THEMSELVES TO SAVE CALIFORNIA AND I WANT TO
SAY THANK YOU FOR THAT. (APPLAUSE) SCOMB
NEW SPEAKER: THANK YOU. AND KEEP GOING. HIRE MORE PEOPLE
AND GET THEM TO WORK. OKAY. SO A
LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE HISTORY OF HOW THIS THING HAS EVOLVED. AND
THEN A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHERE I SEE
SOME OF THE AREAS I CAN SEE IT GOING IN THE FUTURE. . THE
CALIFORNIA BIODIVERSITY INITIATIVE STARTED
ABOUT TAU YEARS AGO WHEN GOVERNOR BROWN ASKED A COUPLE
DOZEN SCIENTISTS TO PUT TOGETHER A CHARTER
FOR PROTECTION OF NATIVE PLANTS AND BIODIVERSITY. WE PUT
TOGETHER WHAT I THINK IS A PRETTY GOOD
CHARTER. IT SETS A VISION FOR HOW CALIFORNIANS CAN WORK
TOGETHER TO GROW OUR STATE, SCOME, AND SAVE THE
FOUNDATIONS OF THAT PROSPERITY. CHARTER INSPIRED ADDITIONAL WORK
. GB GOVERNOR BROWN DECLARED ABOUT
A YEAR AGO THIS SATURDAY, DECLARED CALIFORNIA BIODIVERSITY
INITIATIVE. AND HE ISSUED AN EXECUTIVE
ORDER THAT DIRECTED ALL STATE AGENCIES TO WORK ON THIS AND THE
RESOURCES AND AGENCIES TO BE CO- LEADS
ON THIS. THAT WAS PART OF ISSUING A ROADMAP THAT WAS
DEVELOPED BY THE GROUP OF SCIENTISTS PROVIDING
INPUT AND CHUCK BONHAM PROVIDING A WHOLE LOT OF ELBOW GREASE TO
GIVE U GREECE TO GIVE US AN OVERVIEW OF HOW T HOW
TO COME TOGETHER TO SAVE CALIFORNIA EVEN AS WE BUILD A
NEW CALIFORNIA. S SO THAT STARTED
IN THE LAST ADMINISTRATION. THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF ACTION IN
THIS CURRENT ADMINISTRATION, STARTED
BY BROWN BUT NE NEWSOM’S ADMINISTRATION HAS RUN WITH IT.
IN THE TIME SINCE THERE’S BEEN
ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES TOWARDS MOVING THIS INITIATIVE FORWARD,
FOLKS HAVE BEEN HAVING CONVERSATIONS AND
PARTNERSHIPS HAVE BEEN BUILDING AND WE’VE BEEN KIND OF BRINGING
THIS TEAM TOGETHER AND INCLUDING MORE
AND MORE PEOPLE IN THE CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT WE ALL
CAN DO TO SAVE CALIFORNIA BIODIVERSITY AND I’M
GOING TO TALK ABOUT SOME IDEAS.. WE’RE JUST GETTING STARTED ON
FIGURING IT OUT. WE’VE DONE MOST OF IT FOR YEARS AS PILOT
EXPERIMENTS I THINK AND NOW NEED TO
NEED TO BRING THEM TOGETHER AND ACTUALLY MAKE IT PART OF WHAT
CALIFORNIA IS ABOUT . AS THIS HAS
MOVED FORWARD, PART OF THE DISCUSSION HAS BEEN IDENTIFYING
SORT OF A BROAD PLAN. I’M GOING TO LAY
OUT MY IDEA OF THAT BROAD PLAN. THUS FAR NO ONE FAR NO ONE HAS
SAID IT’S A TERRIBLE IDEA AND SO IT’S WHAT I’M WORKING AND
PERSONALLY PERSONALLY. REALLY CONSISTS OF
TWO TIERS TWO TIERS. THE THREE TIERS THE
THREE TIERS OF THE PLAN INCLUDE DOING WHAT
CALIFORNIA HAS ALWAYS DONE, FIGHT TO SAVE CALIFORNIA. TIER
1 AWAY SAVE CALIFORNIA’S BIODIVERSITY AND
DO THIS IN A VARIETY OF WAYS. TIER 2 IS WE TAKE THAT
CALIFORNIA SUCCESS STORY AND USE IT TO
INSPIRE THE NATION AND INSPIRE THE WORLD TO TAKE IT ON AND TO
TAKE ACTION TO SAVE THEIR BIODIVERSITY.
AND THEN TIER 3 IS EVEN MORE ASPIRATIONAL, WE CHANGE CULTURE,
CHANGE SOCIETY, AND WE ALL WIND UP
ON A PLANET THAT’S WORKING TO SAVE BIODIVERSITY. AND THIS IS
SOMETHING THAT THE CALIFORNIA PLAN,
WE’VE DONE IT A NUMBER OF TIMES. ACTS IN CALIFORNIA INSPIRES THE
NATION AND THE WORLD AND CHANGE CULTURE. AND WE’VE DONE IT
RECENTLY WITH CLIMATE CHANGE AND I THINK WE CAN TAKE SOME OF THAT
RESUME BOOK AN OF THAT RULE BOOK AND
APPLY IT TO THIS. WITHIN TIER ONE THAT’S A LOT
OF THINGS WE NEED TO DO. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO GET INVOLVED IN
THE ONGOING CONVERSATIONS TO MAKE SURE
YOUR IDEAS ARE REPRESENTED AS WE PLAN TO GO FORWARD. BUT
FUNDAMENTALLY, IN ORDER TO DO GOOD WORK WE
NEED TO KNOW WHAT WE HAVE AND UNDERSTAND CALIFORNIA’S
BIODIVERSITY AND IT’S A LITTLE BIT SCANDALOUS
THAT WE DON’T HAVE EVERYTHING MAPPED. WE DON’T KNOW HOW MANY
BUTTERFLIES WE HAVE IN CALIFORNIA.
DON’T KNOW WHERE ALL OUR RARE PLANTS ARE. WE HAVE A LONG WAY
TO GO. SO WE NEED TO FIGURE THAT OUT.
YOU CAN THINK ABOUT IT, WHEN SOMEONE IS DEVELOPING A SHOPPING
MALL OR PUTTING IN SOLAR DEVELOPMENT
YOU NEED TO MAP THE SITE TO SEE WHAT SENSITIVE RESOURCES ARE
GOING TO BE IMPACTED SO YOU CAN AVOID
THEM. WE’RE NOT BUILDING THAT, WE’RE BUILDING A NEW STATE.
BUILDING A STATE THAT IS 100 PERCENT
RENEWABLE RENEWABLE, THAT TENDS OUR NATURAL AREAS TO SEQUESTER
CARBONS SO WE DON’T CHOKE OURSELVES TO DEATH, THAT HAS
SAFE ACCESS TO CLEANING WATER AND GOOD WATER SYSTEMS,
TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS, NEW HOUSING
DEVELOPMENTS, WE’RE BUILDING A NEW STATE THAT LOOKS VERY
DIFFERENT ON THE GROUND AND IN THE PEOPLE THAN THE STATE
THAT WE HAVE TODAY.. IT’S TIME FOR US TO DO A SURVEY OF
CALIFORNIA BIODIVERSITY TO SEE WHAT WE
HAVE, SEE WHERE IT IS, AND THEN MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS AS WE
BUILD THIS WONDERFUL NEW STATE THAT THE
REST OF THE WORLD WILL BE JEALOUS ABOUT AND THEY CAN VISIT
ON THEIR VACATION. ONE INSPIRATION FOR
THAT IS CHRONICLE UP AND DOWN CALIFORNIA. A JOURNAL, SEVERAL
LETTERS WRITTEN BY A GUY SOME YOUNG
COLLEGE GRAD WHO’S FIRST GIG WAS TO MAP THE BIODIVERSITY OF
CALIFORNIA IN THE EARLY 1860 1860S. 1860S. IT’S AN
INCREDIBLE BOOK, INCREDIBLE LOOK AT CALIFORNIA
BEFORE ALL OF THIS HAPPENED AND I THINK IT’S AN INSPIRATION FOR
THE KIND OF THING WE CAN DO GOING
FORWARD. NOT JUST TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WE HAVE BUT TO CREATE
OPPORTUNITIES TO BRING NEW PEOPLE INTO
THIS WORK TO LET NEW PEOPLE SHARE IN THE EXPLORATION AND JOY
AND SATISFACTION OF DOING IT. SO I’M
PUTTING A PLUG IN FOR THAT. I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS WE CAN
COULD IS WE CAN DO IS DECLARE CALIFORNIA A NO
EXTINCTION STATE. WE’RE DOING PRETTY GOOD ON THAT ALREADY.
THERE’S A LOT OF THINGS WE CAN TO TO SAVE
CALIFORNI CALIFORNIA IN TIER 1. IMPORTANT WE DO THEM AND TALK
ABOUT THE SUCCESS STORIES SO WE CAN ACCOMPLISH TIER 2. THAT’S
INSPIRE THE NATION AND THE WORLD .
ITY TWO WE CAN DO A LOT OF DIFFERENT WAYS JUST BY BEING
HERE IN CALIFORNIA WE SEEM TO DO IT. A
VISION FOR TYING IT INTO THE UNITED NATIONS CONVENTION OR
BIODIVERSITY , THAT SETS CLEAR GOALS FOR THE
YEAR 2020. WE HAVE UNTIL OCTOBER 2020 TO MEET THOSE
TARGETS. AND THAT GIVES US A TIMELINE AND A
FRAMEWORK AND TIMELINE FOR WORKING ON THAT STUFF AND
BRINGING IT TO A GLOBAL STAGE WHERE ALL THE NATIONS
IN THE WORLD AND PEOPLES OF THE WORLD CAN TAKE A STAND ON THIS.
TIER THREE IS MORE ASPIRATIONAL AND
THAT IS WE CHANGE THE CULTURE. THAT WE DO WHAT WE DID WITH WET
HANDS FROM WHER WETLANDS. THAT’S A
CULTURAL CHANGE THAT’S HAPPENING WHETHER WE SEE IT OR NOT.
PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT BIODIVERSITY NO
MATTER WHAT WORD THEY USE AND WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO BRING
BIODIVERSITY INTO THE TOOLBOX THE WAY CLEAN
AIR, CLEAN WATER AND OTHER VALUES ARE. SO THAT’S SOME OF
WHAT I SEE ARE POSSIBILITIES. PROBABLY OUT
OF TIME. NEW SPEAKER: THANK YOU, DAN .
NEW SPEAKER: PROFESSOR ERIKA ZAVALETA TEACHES AT UC SANTA
CREWS AT UC SANTA CRUZ. SHE WROTE THE BOOK ON ECO SYSTEMS IN CALIFORNIA .
NEW SPEAKER: THANKS. CAN EVERYONE HEAR ME? OKAY. I NEED
TO FIND THE CLICKER. ALL RIGHT. THANKS
SO MUCH. IT’S AN HONOR TO BE PART OF THIS CONVERSATION AND
REALLY EXCITING TO HEAR HOW MUCH WE’RE
ALL THINKING ALONG THE SAME LINES GOING FORWARD HERE. I
ALSO WANT TO SAY THAT MUCH OF WHAT I’VE
LEARNED ABOUT CALIFORNIA’S’S ECOSYSTEM WAS FROM PUTTING
TOGETHER THAT BOOK AND TO ACKNOWLEDGE I DIDN’T
WRITE IT. 180 PEOPLE WROTE IT SOME OF YOU ARE HERE IN THE
ROOM. SO THANK YOU. AND I WANT TO
EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO THAT COMMUNITY AND ALSO TO THE FIRST
PEOPLE OF THIS PLACE. SO WITH JUST 3
PERCENT OF U.S OF U.S. LAND AREA CALIFORNIA I IS TO MORE THAN A
THIRD OF THE LANGUAGES AND ABOUT A THIRD OF ALL OF THE
KNOWN BIODIVERSITY IN THE UNITED STATES. ALL OF OUR SINGLE STATE
ENDEMICS IS THREATENED SPECIES. SO —
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY AND HUMAN DIVERSITY HAV HAVE ALWAYS GONE
HAND IN HAND IN CALIFORNIA AND TODAY CALIFORNIA IS ALSO THE
MOST DIVERSE STATE IN HUMAN TERMS IN THE
U.S IN THE U.S. ALTHOUGH WE HAVE A LOT OF AT RISK SPECIES
WE’VE KEPT MOST OF WHAT WE HAVE. SO WE’VE LOST LESS THAN
ONE TENT ONE TENTH OF 1 PERCENT OF CALIFORNIA”S GLOBALLY
UNIQUE SPECIES, ABOUT 32 32 SPECIES WE KNOW OF HAVE GONE
EXTINCT SO WE HAVE MOST OF WHAT WE
STARTED WITH AN AND WHAT WE DO IN TH WE DO IN THE COMING
DECADES WILL SHAPE THE FAIT OF THOSE SPECIES. THE BUSINESS
PHYSICAL THREATS TO CALIFORNIA’ ‘S BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY HAVE
LONG BEEN HABITAT LOSS AND INVASEIVE
SPECIES PRIMARILY. SO MOST OF THOSE KNOWN EXTINCTIONS HAVE
BEEN BECAUSE OF ONE OF THOSE TWO
THINGS. IF YOU LOOK AT THIS, THIS IS CUMULATIVE KNOWN
EXTINCTIONS OF CALIFORNIA ENDEMIC SINC SINCE
1800 AND YOU CAN SEE THIS FLATTEN BEING OUT.
FLATTING OUT. THIS MEANS THROUGH LOTS OF GOOD WORK, WE’VE
REALLY HELD BACK THE TIDE ON MANY OF THESE
THE THREAT THESE THREATS AND THAT’S SLOWED IRREVERSIBLE
LOSSES AND IN THIS PERIOD WHERE THERE’S ONLY ONE KNOWN
EXTINCTION CALIFORNI, OUR ECONOMY HAS GROWN TREMENDOUSLY
AND GENERATED A LOT OF WEALTH AND AIR AND WATER HAVE GOTTEN A
LOT CLEANER. WE’VE EVEN HE REINTRODUCED
SPECIES TO THE WILD DURING THIS PERIOD LIKE THE CALIFORNIA COND
OR THAT WERE PREVIOUSLY N ONLY ABLE
TO EXIST IN CAPTIVITY FOR DECADES. WE’RE BUILDING ON
SUCCESSES WITH THIS WORK. AND THAT BUILDING ON
SUCCESSES NOW WE’RE FACING A BIGGER CHALLENGE THE SOCIETAL
THREAT TO BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY IN THE
STATE AND THAT’S THE DISCONNECTION FROM NATURE OF
CALIFORNIA’S RESIDENTS. BECAUSE ULTIMATELY THEY ARE
THE CONSTITUENCY FOR CONSERVATION. A KEY PART OF OUR
WORK IS TO RENEW APPRECIATIO TO RENEW
APPRECIATION FOR BIODIVERSITY AND OUR CULTURES AND WELL-BEING.
AND WE HAVE CONSTITUENCYIES FOR BIODIVERSITY
BUT THEY NEED TO GROW AND CONNECT. WE NEED TO MODEL FOR
THE WORLD NOT JUST THE WORK WE CAN TO DO IN
SCIENTIFIC AND PROFESSION CIRCLES BUT BRIDGE AND UNIFY
AWARENESS LIKE TEACHING AND ALSO BY LISTENING
AND SHARING LEADERSHIP IN THESE EFFORTS SO THAT WE CAN SMEENT
BIODIVERSITY AS A CORE PART OF WHO WE ARE AND
WHAT WE RELY ON IN THIS STATE. WE NEED MORE THINGS LIKE THIS
THROUGH OUR SCHOOLS AND PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES AND WITH TRIBES AND
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS SO THAT WE’RE
PREPARING THE DIVERSE NEXT GENERATION OF THIS EFFORT’S
LEADERS AND SUPPORTERS. HOW COULD CALIFORNIA’S
‘S ECOSYSTEM BE IF WE SUCCEED. THE BIODIVERSITY ROADMAP SETS
GOALS THAT EMBODY THE ANSWERS, THIS
IS ALREADY PART OF CALIFORNIA”S POLICY. WE SHOULD ABSOLUTELY
KEEP ALL THE PARTS WE STILL HAVE .
NO OTHER STATE OR NATION HAS COMMITTED TO THIS MEANINGFULLY
BUT WE CAN DO IT. WE SHOULD ALSO BE
GOING TOWARD THESE GOALS TO PROTECT AND RESTORE WHICH ARE
ALSO A CORE PART OF THE YENGS PART OF THE CONVENTION. WE CAN
DO THEM FOR EVERY ECOSYSTEM TYPE. IT WILL B IT WILL
BE HARDER FOR SOME LIKE THE STATE”S WET LAND DOWN TO BELOW
A TENTH OF WHAT WE STARTED WITH. IT
WILL BE EASIER FOR HERES FOR OTHERS. WE SHOULD DO IT IN
NEENG IN MEANINGFULLY CONNECTED WAYS SO THEY ARE
RESILIENT TO CHANGE. FINALLY WE CAN CONTINUE ON THE PATH OF
RECOVERING FROM PAST DAMAGE. THE LOW POINT
FOR CALIFORNIA”S ENVIRONMENT WAS ACTUALLY IN THE 1960S
IN THE 1960S, SO WE CAN CONTINUE ON THE PATH OF MOVING
AWAY FROM THAT BY EXPANDING ECOSYSTEMS AND
SPECIES TO THEIR ORIGINAL EXTENT AND RENEWING THEIR ROLES IN
SUSTAINING THE SYSTEMS THAT SUPPORT
BOTH WILDLIFE AND PEOPLE. ON THE INTERNATIONAL STAGE, WE CAN
TAKE STORIES OF OUR PROGRESS AND COMMITMENT TO AT LEAST THREE
MAJOR VENUES IN THE NEXT YEAR. THE FIRST DAN TALKED ABOUT THE
CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY. WHAT HE
SAID. THE SECOND WORLD CONSERVATION GATHERING IN THE
WORLD A CROSS SECTOR GATHERING AN OPPORTUNITY
TO SHOWCASE HOW WE WORK IN INCLUSIVE COLLABORATIVE CROSS
SECTOR PARTNERSHIPS TO ACHIEVE THIS
CULTURE CHANGE. AND THEN THE THIRD, THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL
PANEL FOR BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM
SERVICES WHICH IS A UN BODY THAT ISSUED THAT VERY BRIM REPORT
LAST YEAR ABOUT A MILLION SPECIES THAT COULD GO
EXTINCT IS NOW ENTERING PHASE TWO AND IT’S PRODUCING A
TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE ROADMAP FOR THE WORLD TO
AVOID THOSE LOSSES AND CALIFORNIA”S WORK BELONGS
SQUARELY AT THE CENTER OF THAT STRATEGY.
CALIFORNIA CAN, I BELIEVE, LEAD THE WORLD OUT OF THIS
BIODIVERSITY CRISIS AND WE CAN DO THAT WITH A CORE
PRINCIPLES OF OUR CHARTER . WE CAN KEEP ALL THE PARTS AND
MORE I’M CONVINCED IF WE REALLY INVOLVE
EVERYONE. THANKS .
NEW SPEAKER: THANKS SO MUCH, ERIKA. AND I LOVE THE
CONNECTION OUR HUMAN DIVERSITY IN CALIFORNIA
WHICH I FEEL LIKE WE CELEBRATE ON A DAILY BASIS WITH OUR
NATURAL DIVERSITY AND THE LINKAGE BETWEEN THE
TWO AND THE NECESSARY KWLAJ BETWEEN THE TWO. FROM MY
PERSPECTIVE, WHILE A LOT OF THE WORK GET
GETS DONE IN GOVERNMENT AND FUNDING, ULTIMATELY SAVING
BIODIVERSITY MANIFESTS ON THE GROUND. WHERE
WE’RE ACTUALLY WORKING ACROSS CALIFORNIA TO PROTECT HABITATS
AND SPECIES. WE HAVE BRIANNON
FRALEY TO TALK BEFORE THE WORK THAT YOU
— YEAH, AND YOUR TRIBE AND LOCAL LEADERS HAVE LED ACTUALLY
MAKING A DIFFERENCE AND MANIFESTING SOME
OF THE WORK WE’RE TALKING ABOUT HERE TODAY.
NEW SPEAKER: THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR INTRODUCING ME. QUITE A
PANEL TO HAVE TO FOLLOW AFTER THIS.
I’M A LITTLE BIT NERVOUS. I’M GETTING BACK IN THE SADDLE. I
HAVE FOUR YOUNG BOYS, I JUST WANT TO SAY
THAT — THAT I’M A USER OF THE BIODIVERSITY HERE. AND WHAT I
WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS SETTING THE
STAGE, I HAVE A LOT OF CONNECTING POINTS FROM THE
PREVIOUS PRESENTERS HERE IN REGARDS TO THE DIVERSITY
OF CALIFORNIA BEING EQUITABLE TO THE DIVERSITY OF OF THE
INDIGENOUS PEOPLES OF CALIFORNIA. WHEN
W WHEN WE TALK ABOUT CALIFORNIA BEING THE MOST BIODIVERSE IN THE
UNITED STATES IT’S ALSO THE MOST DIVERSE IN IMAGE INDIGENOUS
PEOPLES. THAT GOES TO MY PLATFORM WHICH I HAVE BEEN KNOWN
ON THE FISH AND GAME COMMISSION TRACK
AS MY TAG NAME IS OF CO-MANAGEMENT. THIS IS GOING TO
SPEAK TO THE REASON AS TO WHY HOLOCAUS AS TO WHY
TOLOWA NATION AND OTHER FIRST NATIONS WITHIN
CALIFORNIA BELIEVE IN THE SENTIMENT OF CO-MANAGEMENT
BECAUSE IF YOU LOOK AT THIS MAP HERE, THERE’S
THE DIVERSITY IS EQUITABLE TO THE BIODIVERSITY AND WE CANNOT
MANAGE THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND ITS
UNIQUESNESS AND — FROM THE OREGON BORDER TO BAHA WITH BLANKET POLICY.
HAS TO BE DONE BOOTS ON THE GROUPED LEVEL, HAS TO BE DONE
FROM A REGIONAL APPROACH. MYSELF AND OTHERS HAVE BEEN
ADVOCATING AT THE COMMISSION LEVEL SITTING WITH
THE PREVIOUS SECRETARY OF NATURAL RESOURCES NOW GOING TO
THE GOVERNOR TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF
CO-MANAGEMENT AT THE POLICY LEVEL. SO I MYSELF I’M A USING
OF THE BIODIVERSITY, I’M NOT AN
ENVIRONMENTALIST. I’M AN ADVOCATE AND I’M A STEWARD OF
THESE RESOURCES. AND I HAVE AN INTEGRAL
RELATIONSHIP WITH THESE THINGS AND I WANT TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF
THE THINGS OF HOW IT HURTS ME AS A PERSON, SO
TALKING ABOUT I IT ON THE HUMANISTIC SIDE OF THINGS TO
LOOK AT THE LOSS OF THE BIODIVERSITY
THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT AND THE LOSS OF CULTURE, THE LOSS OF
LANGUAGE AND THOSE OTHER THINGS FOR FIRST
NATION AND IMAGE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES WITHIN THE STATE OF
CALIFORNIA. FOR MY PRESCRIBE THERE’S ONLY
ONE FLUENT SPEAKER LEFT OF OUR LANGUAGE. WHEN THAT PERSON
PASSES ON, THERE PROBABLY WILL BE NO MORE
SPEAKERS JUST AS EQUITABLE TO WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY
IN REGARDS TO BIODIVERSITY. AND
FOR US THOSE TWO THINGS GO HAND IN HAND, FOR EXAMPLE, TODAY I’M
WEARING SOMETHING VERY SIGNIFICANT AND
PROBABLY MOST OF YOU RESOURCE STAFF ARE AWARE OF AWARE OF WHAT
I’M WEARING AS THE RED ABALONE AND IT IS AN ENDANGERED
SPECIES THAT’S BEEN A HOT TOPIC AT THE
COMMISSION LEVEL. THE DEPARTMENT LEVEL. SKRAJBLIN.
LOOKING AT PROTECTIONS RESTRICTIONS
WHAT KIND OF IMPACT DOES THAT HAVE TO MY COMMUNITY AND PEOPLE.
I DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO THESE RESOURCES
, I CAN’T PRACTICE MY CEREMONY IES AND CULTURE. SO THERE’S AN
EQUITABLE DECLINE OF LOSS FOR CULTURAL FOR CULTURE AND THAT
UNIQUENESS AND WE’RE GOING INTO THAT MELTING POT OF JUST MAKING
SURE CALIFORNIA, IF WE DON’T DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. SO FOR US
AS FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE, MAINTAINING
THE BIODIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE TO
US AND PRIORITY, BECAUSE WE CANNOT
SUSTAIN OUR CULTURE WITHOUT IT. SO I COME FROM A MIXED HOUSEHOLD
. I’LL JUST TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE
ABOUT TOLOWA NATION IN REGARDS TO THIS MORE REGIONALIZED
APPROACH TO MANAGEMENT. SO FOR US, A THIRD
BOTTOM THIRD OF OUR PORTION — AVERAGE TERRITORIES IN
CALIFORNIA. MAJORITY OF IT’S IN OREGON BUT THE
WAY WE’RE STRUCTURED IS WE HAVE 12 DISTRICTS WITHIN OUR
CONSENSUS OF TOLOWA PEOPLE AND IT WAS
MANAGED AT THAT MICRO LEVEL OF THOSE 12 DISTRICTS WITH EQUITABLE TO
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TODAY. SO YOU’RE
JUST GETTING INTO THE WEEDS OF THINGS OF THE MANAGEMENT, THE
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND HOW THINGS WERE
CARED FOR AT THAT SMALL COMMUNITY LEVEL. SO I ASK
LEADERS IN THE ROOM, I ASK CHUCK, I ASKED
SECRETARY CROWFOOT HOW ARE YOU GOING TO WORK WITH US AT THE
LOCAL LEVEL AS TRIBES TO BE A FIRST STEWARD AND
TO LET US EXERCISE OUR SONCH RIGHTS IN REGARDS TO STEWARDSHIP
BECAUSE WHEN W WHEN WE GET TO EXERCISE OUR SONCH OUR SOVEREIGN
RIGHTS YOU BENEFIT BECAUSE WE WANT WHAT’S BEST FOUR OUR
ECOSYSTEM BECAUSE WE WERE PUT HERE WITH THAT RESPONSIBILITY TO
DO SO. FOR US AND OUR CREATION STORY
AND OUR BEGINNING, IT TALKS ABOUT THE FIRST REDWOOD TREE
COMING UP AT THE STATE PARK. IT TALKS
ABOUT THE WAVES COMING OVER, TALKS ABOUT HUMAN BEINGS ABOUT
HUMANS ASK THEIR RESPONSIBILITY RESPONSIBILITY.
I COME FROM A WORLD RENEWAL PEOPLE. IT’S OUR RESPONSIBILITY
TO CARE FOR THE EARTH AND FIX THE EARTH AND DO THOSE THINGS.
AND WHEN THE EARTH IS HURTING OUR
COMMUNITIES ARE HURTING. SO GOING BACK TO ME BEING OF A
MIXED TRIBAL CULTURAL FAMILY, MY HUSBAND IS
URAC AND I’M TOLOWA. S SO IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT TRIBAL
DYNAMICS THAT’S AN INTERESTING HOUSE
TO LIVE IN BECAUSE THOSE ARE TWO WARS TRIBES AND POLITICALLY WE
DON’T GET ALONG, SO MY HUSBAND WORKS
IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAM AT THE TRIBE, SO I’D LIKE TO TALK
ABOUT THE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE HAVE
AROUND THE DINNER TABLE WITH OUR CHILDREN BECAUSE I WANT THEM TO
HEAR WHAT’S GOING ON IN OUR WORK .
I WANT THEM TO — I’VE CHOSEN TO LIVE WHERE I’M FROM BECAUSE I CAN’T — I CAN’T BE TOLOWA
WITHOUT LIVING IN THAT LOCATION BECAUSE
I HAVE A RELATIONSHIP WITH THAT PLACE. I G I GO OUT AND GATHER
THE ACORNS, GATHER THE SEA WEED, DO OUR CEREMONIES THERE AND I
CAN’T BE THAT PERSON IF I DON’T HAVE THE RESOURCES. AND SO
WE’RE INTERTWINED AND INSEPARABLE. SO FOR THE TRIBE,
A COUPLE YEARS AGO,, WITH THE FISH KILL AND FISH
CLOSURE ONES N THE CLAMOTH RIVER THEY WERE FACING A CHALLENGE OF
THEIR CULTURAL IDENTITY. WHO ARE WE
IF WE’RE NOT NAPUE PEOPLE, IF WE’RE NOT RIVER PEOPLE FISHING
ON THE RIVER, WHAT TO WE HAVE LEFT?
WHAT DO WE DO? SO I THINK THAT’S APPLICABLE TO ALL
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE WITHIN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
IF WE DON’T HAVE THOSE RESOURCES THAT ARE THRIVING AND DIVERSE,
THEN HOW DO WE IGNITE THOSE CULTURAL
PRACTICES. AND SO FOR US, IT’S A PAINFUL THING TO WATCH AND
EXPERIENCE. AND WE HAVE SOLUTIONS THAT WE’RE OFFERING TO
THE STATE. AND I JUST WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE CHUCK’S
‘S WORK. I’VE HAD AN INTERESTING RELATIONSHIP WITH
HIM FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS. AN AND
I’M GOING T I’M GOING TO TALK ABOUT THIS AND CLOSE IT OUT AND
I’LL JUST PUT THIS LAST SLIDE UP. BECAUSE IT’S LOCAL
ART WORK THAT I ADMIRE I ADMIRE IN REGARDS TO THE PEOPLE OF
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, THE WIA PEOPLE, HUPA PEOPLE, THE
TOLOWA DEE-N THE TOLOWA
DEE-NI PEOPLE AND I HOPE THAT I CAN REPRESENT THEM WELL TODAY IN
REGARDS TO TALKING ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE TO
OFFER THE STATE, SO SEVERAL YEARS AGO WE MADE THIS PUSH OUT
OF THE EXECUTIVE ORDER DETAIL FOR TRIBAL
CONSULTATION. AND I REMEMBER VERY VIVIDLY, I DON’T WANT TO
SAY ARGUING WITH CHUCK, BUT HE’S LIKE
HOW WITH REGOING TO DO THIS? WE HAVE OVER A HUNDRED FEDERALLY
RECOGNIZED TRIBES, YOU WANT US TO
CONSULT WITH EACH ONE OF YOU? YES, WE DO. BUT IT’S NO
DIFFERENT THAN THE WHERE I THE DIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AND WHAT
YOU GUYS ARE TALKING ABOUT TODAY AND INITIATIVES AND CHALLENGES
AND EVERYTHING THAT YOU GUYS ARE
WORKING ON TOGETHER. IF YOU TAKE CARE OF US, IF YOU WORK
WITH US, THOSE THINGS ARE GOING TO BE GOING TO
BE MAINTAINED AND IT’S GOING TO B IT’S
GOING TO BE A GREAT PARTNERSHIP. SO I GUESS MY CHALLENGE TO MOST
OF THE PEOPLE IN THE ROOM WHO ARE
UNDE UNDER THE SECRETARY’S’S WATCH IS TO CHALLENGE YOU TO
MOVE OUTSIDE OF YOUR SCIENTIFIC POLICY BOX AND TO LOOK AT
INNOVATIVE CREATIVE WAYS FOR PARTNERSHIP AND TO MAYBE LET GO
OF SOME OF OF THAT CONTROL AND LOOK AT WAYS
THAT WE CAN WORK ON CHANGING POLIC POLICY AT THE STATE LEVEL
TO WORK ONCOMING UP WITH CREATIVE AGREEMENTS AND ALLOW
FOR SONCH FOR SOLVE FOR
SAMPB NATIONS FOR SOVEREIGN NATIONS TO PARTNER WITH THE
STATE OF CALIFORNIA. NEW SPEAKER: WE’RE GOING TO ASK
THE THREE LEADERS THE THREE LEADERS WHO JUST
SPOKE TO COME UP AS WE BRING UP THE SCREEN. AND JOIN US FOR A
SHORT PANEL. I’M GOING TO ASK AT LEAST
ONE OR TWO QUESTIONS AND THEN OPEN IT UP TO THE AUDIENCE . THANKS. IF THE LAST SPEAKER
SERIES WAS ANY INDICATION WE HAVE WATCHING THIS FROM ALL OVER
THE STATE. WHY DON’T WE HAVE OUR THREE
SPEAKERS THREE SPEAKERS COME UP. FIRST QUESTION I WANTED TO ASK
IS THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT IS VERY MUCH IN THE
NEWS RIGHT NOW GIVEN PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ATTACK ON THE ENDANGERED
SPECIES ACT WE HAVE A CALIFORNIA
ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT. A LOT OF US HAVEN’ HAVEN’T BEEN AS IN
DEPTHLY IMMERSED IN BIODIVERSITY AS YOU ARE. HAVE THOUGHT THAT
SORT OF ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT IS AN
ADEQUATE FAIL SAFE. IN OTHER WORDS WHSHGS A SPECIES GETS
THREATENED, A BUNCH OF PROTECTIVE LAWS COME
TO PLACE TO SAVE THAT SPECIES. FIRST QUESTION IS WHY ISN’T THE
ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT ENOUGH ?
NEW SPEAKER: THAT’S A TOUGH QUESTION. GREAT QUESTION. I
THINK THAT THE BIGGEST PROBLEM IS WAITING
UNTIL IT’S SO LATE IN THE GAME IS THAT IF YOU END UP UP — THEN YOU CAN FOCUS MORE ON
THE WORK THAT BENEFITS BOTH THE WILDLIFE AND
BIODIVERSITY AND THE PEOPLE CONNECTED TO THOSE SAME PLACES.
THANK YOUTHANK YOU. SO I THINK THE BIGGEST PROBLEM
WITH IT IS THAT YOU MOVE FROM A SORT OF WIN-WIN KIND OF
OPERATING FRAMEWORK IF YOU WAIT UNTIL SO
LATE IN THE GAME TO A REALLY ZERO SUM KIND OF OPERATING
FRAMEWORK AND THAT’S BEEN A LOT OF THE SOURCE
OF THE POLARIZATION AROUND BIODIVERSITY IN U.S. POLITICS.
NEW SPEAKER: LET ME ASK A QUESTION MAYBE TO BRIANNON.
WE’VE OFTEN ALSO TRADITIONALLY THOUGHT ABOUT
PROTECTING BIODIVERSITY THROUGH RULES AND LAWS AND CONTROL. SO
A LOT OF DEPARTMENTS IN OUR AGENCY
ARE STEWARDS OF THE LAND AND WE’VE DONE THAT TRADITIONALLY BY
SETTING UP RULES RULES AND MAINTAINING CONTROL OF THE STATE
. I THINK YOU DEMONSTRATE OR ARTICULATE A REALLY IMPORTANT
PARADIGM THAT THERE ARE PEOPLES IN CALIFORNIA
THAT HAVE BEEN TAKING CARE OF BIODIVERSITY FOR MILLENNIA AND
IT’S ABOUT EMPOWERING THOSE STEWARDS
TO PROTECT BIODIVERSITY. I GUESS MAYBE TALK A LITTLE BIT
ABOUT MORE ABOUT WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE FOR THE
STATE OR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO STEP BACK AN BACK AND
KRCHL EDE SOME CONTROL TO TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS OR LOCAL LEADERS.
NEW SPEAKER: THANK YOU, WADE, OR SECRETARY CROWFOOT FOR ASKING
THE QUESTION. I DON’T KNOW HOW THIS
GUY KEEPS UP OVER HERE . SO THANK YOU FOR ASKING THAT
PROVOCATIVE QUESTION BECAUSE IT WAS AN IMPORTANT THING I WANTED
TO TALK ABOUT TO YOU ALL EARLIER IN
THE DAY, AND IT’ AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT MY TRIBE HAS
BEEN WORKING ON FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS AND IT’S THROUGH THE
DEVELOPMENT OF OUR OWN TRIBAL LAW WITHIN OUR
OWN JURISDICTION. SO PART OF THIS CO-MANAGEMENT PART WAS, YOU
KNOW, THE QUESTION WAS POSED FROM THE
STATE, DO TRIBES HAVE THE RESOURCES TO MANAGE THESE
THINGS? AND WE SAID YES, WE DO. AND SO WE
NEEDED TO DEMONSTRATE THAT WE’RE JUST AS EQUALLY RESPONSIBLE TO
THE RESOURCE AS THE STATE BY ENACTING
OUR OWN LAWS AND POLICIES FOR PROTECTIONS, BUT WE TOOK A
COMPLETELY DIFFERENT APPROACH IN REGARDS TO
HOW WE DID THAT IN REGARDS — WHAT WE DID WAS WE ESTABLISHED
SOME TRADITIONAL ECOSYSTEM LOGICAL
KNOWLEDGE POLICIE ECHO LOGICAL KNOWLEDGE POLICIES AND CONNECTED
EXTENSIVE INTERVIEWS WITH OUR ELDERS AND PEOPLE THAT OUR
CULTURAL BEARERS AND WENT THROUGH AN ITERATIVE
PROCESS WITH TRIBAL COMMITTEES, TRIBAL COUNCIL AND THE COMMUNITY
AND CREATED TRIBAL LAWS THAT WERE
SPECIFIC TO THE RESOURCE THAT WERE BASED ON TRADITIONAL LAW
AND PRACTICE AND HOW WE WERE GOING TO
IMPLEMENT THEM. SOME OF THE PITFALLS OF WHY TOLOWA DEE-NI
TOLOWA DEE-NI NATION IS ASKING FOR CO-MANAGEMENT IS THOSE LAWS
ONLY APPLY TO OUR PEOPLE.. I ENCOURAGE YOU GUYS TO PICK UP
FEDERAL INDIAN LAW 101, THE DIVERSITY OF PUBLIC LAW 2 80
FOR ALL THESE OTHER REASONS, OUR JURISDICTION ONLY LIES WITHIN —
I WISH — OUR JURISDICTION ONLY LIES WITHIN OUR RESERVATION
BOUNDARIES. SO THAT’S PART OF WHAT OUR ISSUE IS
IS THAT AND WE CAN ONLY APPLY IT TO OUR PEOPLE AND THE PEOPLE
THAT CONSENT TO IT. AND SO PART OF
THE ISSUE IS IS WHY WOULD WE CREATE THIS LAW FOR MYSELF HERE,
I’M A USER, I’M TOLOWA, NOW I HAVE TO
COMPLY WITH TOLOWA DEE-NI TOLOWA DEE-NI NATION LAW AND
CALIFORNIA STATE LAW AND I HAVE TO GO THROUGH ALL THESE OTHER
HOOPS WHEN ONE LAW MIGHT BE MORE APPLICABLE AND PRACTICAL TO THE
RESOURCES WITHIN THE REGION. SO WHEN W WHEN WE TALK ABOUT LAWS,
FISH AND GAME COULD HE HAVE HAD REGULATIONS IT’S MOSTLY ABOUT
THE TAKE OF THINGS, NOT NECESSARILY THE
MANAGEMENT OF THINGS. AND THE WAY THAT WE INCORPORATED THE
TRIBAL LAW WAS HOW YOU STEWARDED AND
TOOK CARE OF THOSE THINGS IN REGARDS TO THE TAKE. AND SO WE
INCORPORATED THOSE THINGS INTO THE TRIBAL
LAW AND WHAT WE REALLY WANTED TO DO IS TO HAVE THAT LAW
APPLICABLE OUTSIDE OF THE RESERVATION
BOUNDARIES AND WE WANT TO FIGURE OUT A WAY FOR THOSE THINGS TO BE
HONORED BY NON-TRIBAL COMEMTRIBAL MEMBERS. SO RIGHT
NOW IT’S MOSTLY AN EDUCATIONAL ENDEAVOR ON THE TRIBE’S BEHALF
TO EDUCATE USERS OF THE SYSTEM, THE
BIODIVERSE SYSTEM, WITHIN OUR REGION ON HOW T ON HOW TO WALK
ACROSS THE LANDSCAPE AND HOW TO RESPECT IT AND THAT’S ABOUT ALL
WE CAN DO AT THIS POINT BECAUSE WE
CAN’T FORCE TRIBAL LAW ON NON- TRIBAL CITIZENS
NEW SPEAKER: MY SENSE IS THERE’S A GROWING AWAKENING
AROUND THE IMPORTANCE OF TRADITIONAL
ENVIRONMENTAL KNOWLEDG KNOWLEDGE. ONE OF MY COLLEAGUES
IS HER HERE AND SHE LEADS THE FOREST MANAGEMENT TORZ
MANAGEMENT TASK FORCE AND SHE’ SHE’S BEEN IN CONTACT WITH
THE TRIBAL LEADERS AND OTHERS THAT HAVE BEEN ENGAGED IN
TRADITIONAL STEWARDSHIP PRACTICES TO THROUGH
PRESCRIBED BURN AND OTHER PRACTICES AROUND HEALTHY FORESTS
. AND SO WHILE IT’S OBVIOUS TO A TRIBAL
LEADERS, IT’S LESS OBVIOUS TO PEOPLE IN GOVERNMENT THAT WE
SHOULD LITTLE BE LOOKING TO THOSE STEWARDS
OVER MILL LEA MILLENNIA TO INFORM THE MANAGEMENT NOT ONLY
IN THOSE JURISDICTIONS BUT BEYOND. LET ME ASK YOU A TOUGH
QUESTION, DAN. WE STARTED OUT WITH THAT VIDEO AND SAW A LOT OF
EXOTIC ANIMALS IN THE ENVIRONMENTAL
MOVEMENT IT’S CALLED CHARISMATIC MEGA FAUNA. IF YOU GET A FUND
RAISING LEAFLET YOU’LL GET A PICTURE OF
A WOLF OR LION OR POLAR BEAR. THE GOVERNOR LAST WEEK WAS IN
LOS ANGELES POSING WITH A FAUXE WITH
A PHOTO OF P22 THE MOUNTAIN LION AND AN INSPIRATION FOR
OVER ACROSSING 101 TO MAINTAIN THE HEALTH OF THE MOUNTAIN LION
POPULATION IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THE BUTTEE COUNTY THISTLE LESS
SO. SO THE QUESTION IS, AND I ASK IN A PROVOCATIVE WAY, WHY
SHOULD WE CARE ABOUT PLANTS?
NEW SPEAKER: WELL, YOU KNOW, HOW LONG DO WE HAVE? SO PLANTS ARE
THE BASIS OF ALL FOOD CHAINS THAT
— THE BASIS OF LIFE IN CALIFORNIA. WHEN WE SAVE PLANTS
WE SAVE EVERYTHING ELSE. THERE’S A LOT OF
UTILITARIAN REASONS, THEY’RE VERY GOOD CHEMISTS, MAKE ALL
KINDS OF CHEMICALS WE TEND TO FIND USES
FOR. PART OF WHAT WE NEED TO DO WITH THE BIODIVERSITY INITIATIVE
IS BRING IN ALL CALIFORNIANS ASK GIVE EVERYONE A CHANCE TO WORK
ON THIS. YOU CAN DO THAT WITH THINGS LIKE PLANTS BECAUSE ALL
OF HUMAN BEINGS ARE BASICALLY PRETTY GOOD
BOTANISTS. LONG AGO THERE MAY HAVE BEEN HUMANS THAT DIED OF
POISONING OR STARVED TO DEATH. PLANTS ARE ABSOLUTELY
FUNDAMENTAL. BUT THEY’RE NOT THE ONLY THING.
THEY’RE A GREAT PLACE TO START. I THINK PEOPLE — THOSE ARE ALL
UTILITARIAN REASONS. ANY TIME SOMEONE
SITS DOWN IN FRONT OF THE PLANT AND LOOKS UP AS A REDWOOD CANOPY
OR SITS IN A FIELD OF GRASS SOMETHING
CHANGES IN THEM AND THEY RECONNECT WITH THE FUNDAMENTAL
HOME OF THE UNIVERSE. WHEN W WHEN
WE GET AWAY FROM EXCUSES AND RATIONALIZATIONS AND UTILITARIAN
ARGUMENTS AND THE POLITICS I THINK
FUNDAMENTALLY EVERYONE WANTS TO SAVE LIVING CREATURES, NO ON NO
ON1 WANTS TO DRIVE THEM EXTINCT. AND I THINK EVERYONE
DESERVES A CHANCE TO BE PART OF THIS. THERE ARE PEOPLE IN THIS
ROOM WHO HAVE SAVED SPECIES FROM
EXTINCTION. AND THAT’S GOT TO BE AN INCREDIBLE FEELING.
THAT’S — YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE IN YOUR CAREER,
DOESN’T DOESN’T MATTER. YOU’VE DONE THAT. AND WITH
BIODIVERSITY HOT SPOT 35 ON PLANET EARTH WE’VE GOT ENOUGH
SPECIES THAT MANY CALIFORNIANS CAN BE INVOLVED IN
SAVING THESE THINGS. WE’VE GOT TWO THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED RARE
PLANTS. MORE PLANT SPECIES THAT ARE
RARE IN CALIFORNIA THAN THERE ARE PLANT SPECIES IN MOST OTHER
STATES. SO WE’VE GOT A LOT OF OPPORTUNITY, PLANTS ARE A GREAT
PLACE TO START BUT I WANT TO PUT A PLUG IN FOR EVERYTHING ELSE
ALL THE WAY UP TO ECOSYSTEMS
NEW SPEAKER: THIS IS A GOOD SEGUE BRINGING UP SCOTT TO TALK
ABOUT CITIZEN SCIENCE AND THE ROLE WE
CAN ALL PLAY. BUT LET ME JUST ASK YOU A FINAL QUESTION SORT OF
A SPEED ROUND IN THE PANEL. NONE OF
THESE QUESTIONS — SET OF QUESTIONS I WAS SUPPOSED TO ASK
ASK AND NONE OF THESE QUESTIONS ARE THOSE
QUESTIONS. I THINK IT’S MORE INTERESTING TO PUT YOU ON THE
SPOT. BUT IF YOU WERE GOVERNOR OF
CALIFORNIA TOMORROW OR A BENIGN DICTATOR IN CALIFORNIA, WHAT’S
ONE THING YOU WOULD DO AS GOVERNMENT??
IT CAN BE AS BROAD OR AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE. ANY OF
YOU CAN JUMP IN. NEW SPEAKER: EDUCATION.
NEW SPEAKER: BUILD, FUND, EMPOWER EDUCATIO EMPOWER
EDUCATION OFTEN THE IMPORTANCE OF ALL OF THIS
NEW SPEAKER: INVEST IN YOUTH. I HAVE FOUR BOYS, AND MY GOAL IS TO HAN TO HANZ ON, GET
RID OF YOUR CELL PHONES, MAKE THEM BE CREATIVE AND HAVE A
RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ENVIRONMENT. LIKE
THAT LAST SYMBOL, HEALTH OF THE PEOPLE IS THE HEALTH OF THE
ENVIRONMENT. THEY NEED TO HAVE A
RELATIONSHIP WERE IT AND GET DIRTY AND BE OUT THERE.
NEW SPEAKER: EXCELLENT. NEW SPEAKER: I WOULD AGREE WITH
THAT. BASICALLY. I MEAN THAT WHAT I WAS SAYING EARLIER ABOUT
THE CONSTITUENCY FOR BIODIVERSITY
NEEDING TO GROW AND CONNECT IN THIS STATE, THAT’S WHERE IT’S
AT. THAT’S WHO’S GOING TO DECIDE WHO
THE GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO BE GOING TO BE, WHO’S THE
GOVERNOR NEXT? THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA, THEY ARE CONNECTED
TO THE LANDSCAPE AND TO BIODIVERSITY BY AND
LARGE WE JUST DON’T TALK ABOUT IT. WE DON’T TALK ABOUT IT THE
IT THE SCHOOL OR THE PUBLIC UNIVERSITY SYSTEM. IF I COULD
DO ONE THING THAT’S KIND OF A LONG RANGE INVESTMENT IN
CALIFORNIA’S BIODIVERSITY FOR THE NEXT
CENTURY IT WOULD BE IT WOULD BE TO MAKE THAT A CORE PART OF THE
CURRICULUM FROM K TO GRADUATE SCHOOL AND PART OF TEACHER
TRAINING IN THE STATE BECAUSE IN THE LONG
RUN, NO MATTER HOW MUCH WORK WE DO ON SCIENCE FRONTS AND
PROTECTION FRONTS, IF PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND
WHY IT MATTERS, AND THEY DON’T FEEL CONNECTED ON TO IT, THEY’RE
NOT GOING TO CARE NEW SPEAKER: DAN?
NEW SPEAKER: I WOULD — RESERVE RIGHT T RIGHT TO COME UP WITH
SOMETHING BETTER LATER. AT THIS POINT IN TAME, I WOULD
LAUNCH A SURVEY OF THE BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY OF
CALIFORNIA. YOU CAN CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT. BUT THAT’S
THE BASIC IDEA. IT BRINGS IN SCIENTISTS, COLLECTIONS IN
MUSEUMS, KIDS, BRINGS IN SATELLITES AND
PEOPLE ON THE GROUND. IT GIVES US THE DATA WE NEED TO MAKE
SMART PLANS, MAKE IT SPECIMEN BASED SO YOU’RE
SECURING THE SPECIMENS FOR THE FUTURE WHETHER THEY WANT TO PULL
THE DNA OUT OR UNDERSTAND WHAT LIFE
WAS LIKE AND DO IT IN A WAY THAT EVERYONE IS INVOLVED. MOON
LAUNCH OR MAN HADN’T MANHATTAN PROJECT
BUT WORLD WAR II WAS AN ALL OUT MOBILIZATIO
MOBILIZATION THAT PROVIDED AN OPPORTUNITY TO FOLKS NOT
REPRESENTED IN AMERICAN SOCIETY AND AMERICA
WAS CHANGED FOR THE BETTER. AT THIS POINT IN TIME CALIFORNIA IS
CHANGING. AND THE MAJORITY OF CALIFORNIANS ARE NOT COLLEGE
EDUCATED WHITE MENTALLY SCIENTISTS WHO DOMINATE
BIODIVERSITY FIELD TOO MUCH AT THIS POINT. THEY DESERVE THE
OPPORTUNITY TO BE PART OF THIS AND EXPECTING THEM TO GO THROUGH
THE COLLEGE SYSTEM AND GET A PH.D.
AND THEN CONTRIBUTE IS TOO MUCH AND SOMETHING, A WELL DONE
BIODIVERSITY SURVEY OF CALIFORNIA THAT REALLY INVESTS
MORE MONEY IN THE PEOPLE AND THE EDUCATION AND GETTING
CONSERVATION CORES AND GIVING KIDS AND GRANDPARENTS THE
OPPORTUNITY COULD DO MORE THAN JUST SAVE THE
BIODIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BUFF COULD BE THAT TRANSITION TO A
UNIFIED STATED WHERE EVERYONE HAS THE
OPPORTUNITY THEY DESERVE NEW SPEAKER: I JUST INVITE YOU
TO BE SEATED AGAIN AND HOPEFULLY YOU’LL BE ABLE TO STAY AFTERWARD
FOR QUESTION FOR QUESTIONS FROM FOLKS. LET’S BRING UP SCOTT
LOARIE CO-DIRECTOR OF CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
OF A LOT OF US HAVE VISITED ACADEMY OF SCIENCES IN SAN
FRANCISCO. IT’S ALSO A NETWORK OF RESEARCH
SCIENTISTS AROUND — BUT SCOTT WILL TALK ABOUT HOW REGULAR
PEOPLE CAN CONNECT INTO THE TOPIC OF
BIODIVERSITY .
NEW SPEAKER: THANKS SO MUCH, AND I CAN JUST STAND HERE I GUESS : . MY BACKGROUND IS IN — MY
BACKGROUND IS IN ACADEMIA. LIKE MANY OF UP IN THE ROOM TRYING TO
FIGURE OUT WHAT CAN WE DO TO STOP THIS
EXTINCTION CRISIS PARTICULARLY IN THE LAND USE CLIMATE CRUNCH
THAT’S UNFOLDING BEFORE OUR EYES, AND
I STEPPED BACK BECAUSE I REALIZED TWO OF THE BIG
CHALLENGES IS THIS ISSUE OF WE JUST DON’T HAVE
ENOUGH DATA. THIS HAS BEEN BROUGHT UP MANY TIMES WITH THIS
PANEL. THERE’S JUST NOT ENOUGH PEOPLE
INVOLVED. HANDFUL OF MUSEUMS AND GRADUATE STUDENTS AREN’T
GOING TO B AREN’T GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THE WORK THAT’S
NEEDED AT THE SCALE WE NEED TO CONFRONT THE CHALLENGE THAT WE
HAVE. SECONDLY EVEN IF WE HAD THAT
INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT WE WANTED TO DO PEOPLE JUST DON’T CARE.
WE MENTIONED THAT THE — WWF, THEY’RE DOING A
FANTASTIC JOB GETTING EVERYBODY TO CARE A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE
PANDA BEAR AND GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF ENERGY AND ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND
MONEY TO VERY DISTANT CREATURE. BUT HOW DO WE GET PEOPLE TO
CONNECT TO THE BIODIVERSITY IN THEIR BACK YARD? PEOPLE ARE
FOCUSED ON THESE THINGS, IN MANY CASES
LANDSCAPES THEY HAVE MUCH MORE ABILITY TO CONTROL AND GET
INVOLVED IN ARE UNRAVELING OR GOING COMPLETELY
OFF THE RADAR. IT HAS TO DO WITH SORT OF TRIBAL, HOW DO WE
GET GRASSROOTS CONTROL AND I THINK
GOVERNMENTS FANTASTIC, ALL THE GOOD WORK DONE IN CALIFORNIA BY
TH BY THE GOVERNMENT COMB BY THE
GOVERNMENT BUT AT THE SAME TIME THEY CAN
CREATE A FRICTION BETWEEN THE TOP DOWN YOU SHALL DO THIS, HOW
CAN WE BRING THAT GRASSROOTS MOMENTUM AND
SCALE. THESE ARE THE — NEW SPEAKER: IF WE BRING UP THE
SCREEN WE’VE GOT A TELEVISION RIGHT THERE AND THEN YOU CAN
ACTUALLY SHOW THE IMAGES. NEW SPEAKER: GREAT. SO THESE
WERE THE THINGS THAT GOT ME INTERESTED IN THIS. BECAUSE
CITIZEN SCIENCE REALLY DOES THESE TWO
THINGS. IT CREATES DATA AT SCALES WE HAVEN’ WE HAVEN’T SEEN
BEFORE. REALLY IS TRUE. 90% OF THOSE ARE BIODIVERSITY DATA
COMING OUT OF THE WORLD IS COMING FROM
CITIZEN SCIENCE DATA. AT THIS TIM AT THIS TIME IT’S THE ENGINE
OF INCREDIBLE SCALES OF BIODIVERSITY. BUT ALSO IT HAS
THE ABILITY TO DEBT MORE PEOPLE ENGAGED TO CONNECT PEOPLE TO DO
THESE THINGS. MY BACKGROUND WAS
LOOKING AT THESE SORT OF ACADEMIC CRUTCHES ACADEMIC
CRUNCHES . . BUT CITIZEN SCIENCE HAS
BEEN GOIN HAS BEEN ON FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS.
WHAT ARE WE DOING? IT’S USING TECHNOLOGY WHICH IS ANOTHER
THING THAT CALIFORNIA REALLY LEADS IN IS
TECHNOLOGY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW T HOW TO GET THE SYSTEMS
WORKING AS A TOOL TO SCALE THIS. WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF HAPPENING
WITH BIRDS BECAUSE BIRDS ARE MANAGEABLE. HOW DO YOU GET THE
SAME KIND OF ENTHUSIASM TO SPREAD TO
PLANTS AND UNDER REPRESENTED GROUPS. WE FOUND THAT
TECHNOLOGY IS A FANTASTIC WAY. IT IS VERY DEMOCRATICIZED. THIS IS A
VERY POWERFUL TOOL WE HAVE IN OUR POCKETS THAT HAS
THE ABILITY FOR ANYBODY DEMOCRATIZE THE ABILITY FOR
ANYBODY PARTICIPATING AND CREATE DATA.. VERY
SORT OF BASIC LEVEL YOU TAKE OUT YOUR PHONE AND SEE A BUTTERFLY
AND TAKE A PICTURE. SHARE THAT DATA
POINT WITH A WHOLE COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WHO CAN
IDENTIFY AND HELP DISCUSS AND PUT
THAT OBSERVATION IN CONTEXT AND TEACH BUT IT AND THEN THAT
BECOMES A SCIENTIFIC DATA POINT THAT’S THE
BREAD AND BUTTER OF THESE SURVEYS. IN OUR PHILOSOPHY
BEHIND THIS IS THAT WITH THIS STARTS WITH IS
SOMEONE MAKING A PERSONAL CONNECTION TO NATURE. SOMEONE
HOLDING AN SALAMANDAR IN THEIR HAND. IF WE
CAN GET THAT PERSON CONNECTION WITH ONE PERSON AND THIS CRITTER IN
THEIR BACK YARD, THAT’S WHAT WE’RE ALL ABOUT. THIS IS
SOMETHING FROM LAST YEAR. A GROUP OF SCHOOL KIDS IN SANTA
BARBARA WHO SAW THIS OCEAN SUN FISH ON THE BEACH
AND POSTED IT TO INATURALIST AND THERE’S — A BUNCH OF BIOLOGISTS
FROM AUSTRALIA CHIMED IN AND SAID
THIS ISN’T THE OCEAN SUN FISH YOU’RE THINKING OF, THIS IS A
HOODWINKER SUN FISH WHICH HAS NEVER BEEN
SEEN AND NORTHERN HEMISPHERE AND IN CALIFORNIA. THERE WAS A BACK
AND FORTH.. . THIS IS THE KIND OF BACK AND
FORTH DEMOCRATIC GRABBING DEMOCRATIC BACK DEMOCRATIC
INTERACTION THAT CREATES THESE DISCOVERIES. WHAT’S CHIEGT
. CNN HAS AN APPETITE FOR WEIRD SEA CREATURE STORIES. BUT
WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT — WHAT I THINK ABOUT IS A PAINING WHERE
EVERY INTERACTION IS OF VALUE FOR THE STORIES BUT WHAT WE’RE
TRYING TO DO IS SEE IF WE CAN CREATE A
BIG DATA BIG SYNTHESIS GLOBAL SURVEY TO TRY TO
UNDERSTAND HOW THESE THINGS ARE CHANGING. AND WHAT I
ALSO LOVE ABOUT THIS TECHNOLOGY IS WE LOOK AT THE SCALE OF THESE
CHALLENGES WE’RE CONFRONTING WITH CLIMATE CHANGE, ALL THE
HOCKEY STICK CURVES OF THINGS. ONE THING WE
HAVE WITH CALIFORNIA THAT’S DOING SIMILAR TRAJECTORY IS THIS
TECHNOLOGY HAS THE POTENTIAL TO SCALE
AND DO BIG THINGS AND A COUPLE YEARS. I’M NOT SAYING FOR GOOD
OR FOR EVIL. BUT THESE TECHNOLOGIES
HAVE POTENTIAL TO DO, TRY NEW THINGS. A LOT OF TIMES IN
CONSERVATION WE DRIVE THE SAME THINGS AND
RUN INTO A WALL. WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO TECHNOLOGY TO TRY
SOMETHING DIFFERENT. THIS IS JUST A
NUMBER OF OBSERVATIONS POSTED ON INATURALIST. THERE’S A SUMMER
BUMP BECAUSE OF NORTHERN HEMISPHERES
BIAS. EVEN THOUGH INATURALIST IS THE LARGEST CITIZEN SCIENCE
SITE IN THE WORLD IT STARTED IN CALIFORNIA. CALIFORNIA IS THE
HIGHEST DENSITY OF INATURALIST ACTIVITY IN THE WORLD. WHAT DO
WE WANT THESE FOR? HUGE PART IS
DISTRIBUTIONS, UNDERSTANDING HOW SPECIES ARE CHANGING, WHERE THEY
ARE, WHEN THEY ARE, HOW THESE THINGS ARE
CHANGING OVER TIME. WE SEE THINGS, YOU HEAR THINGS LIKE
SPRING IS GETTING EARLIER. WE CAN SEE
WITH OUR DATA, THIS IS A SPECIES FLOWERING SIGNIFICANTLY EARLIER
THAN IT DID. YOU CAN SEE THAT THE DATA.. BIG
ANALYSIS COMING OUT OF THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MILLIONS OF
PEOPLE. THIS IS SOMETHING FROM A COLLEAGUE, THIS IS A SEA
SLUG IN THE COASTAL AREA WHICH WAS NOT REALLY
KNOWN IN CALIFORNIA. AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS SHOWED UP OUT OF
NOWHERE AND CITIZEN SCIENTISTS SAW THIS
CHANGE. THIS IS WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT IS THE THREATS TO
CALIFORNIA’S BIODIVERSITY AND THESE
SPECIES. THIS IS HOW WE CATCH INVASIVE SPECIES EARLY ON. ERIC
MENTIONED SPECIES GOING THE OTHER
DIRECTION WE WANT TO CATCH THEM BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE AND BEFORE
IT GETS TOO POLITICAL. IF WE CAN
GENERATE CITIZEN SCIENTISTS ENTHUSIASM TO TRACK THESE
CHANGES STATEWIDE PICTURE FOR HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS
OF SPECIES IT’S DOABLE NOW. WE’VE BEEN DOING A LOT OF WITH
IMAGE RECOGNITION. WITH INATURALIST YOU
CAN HOVER OVER ANY SPECIES AND IT WILL TELL YOU WHAT IT IS.
IT’S JUST A HUGE PART OF THE DEMOCRATIZATION OF THIS STUFF.
BOTTLENECK KNOWLEDGE WITHIN A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE AND MUSEUMS
BUT IF WE CAN GET ANYBODY TO PLAY A PART IN
MONITORING AND CONSERVING THESE SPECIES THERE’S A NEAT
APPLICATIONS IN TERMS OF DETECTING INVASIVES.
LASTLY, THE THIRD GOAL IS TO GET MORE PEOPLE INVOLVED TO GET
CHANGE THE HEARTS AND MINDS. INATURALIST
IS A TOOL, BUT IT’S DOING THIS EFFECTIVELY. YOU NEED
ORGANIZATION AND COMMUNITY OUC COMMUNITY
OUTREACH. I WANTED TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALLISON AND REBECCA
WHO HAVE BEEN DOING A TREMENDOUS
AMOUNT OF BIOBLITZ, GETTING — GO INTO A PARK OR AREA AND
REALLY INVENTORY AND ALL THE COMMUNITY
BUILDING STUFF THAT HAPPENS. ALLISON HAS BEEN SPEARING
HEADING CITY NATURE CHALLENGE THAT STARTED AS
A COMPETITION BETWEEN LA AND SAN FRANCISCO AND IT’S NOW A GLOBAL
COMPETITION WITH HUNDREDS OF CITIES PARTICIPATING
NEW SPEAKER: WHO’S WINNING? NEW SPEAKER: LA BEAT US ALMOST
EVERY YEAR [INAUDIBLE] .
NEW SPEAKER: IT’S BIOBLITZ COMPETITION GLOBALLY AND HAS AN
EMPHASIS ON YOUR BAN BIODIVERSITY, CAN
WE GET UNDER REPRESENTED POPULATIONS IN URBAN AREAS TO
TAKE OWNERSHIP OF THEIR BACK YARDS AND THAT IS
A GREAT CONSERVATION ASPECT BECAUSE URBAN BIODIVERSITY HAS
UNIQUE THREATS . THIS IS THE LAST YEAR,
THESE ARE CITIES THAT PARTICIPATED GLOBALLY. STARTED
IN CALIFORNIA. SO BACK TO THIS IDEA OF
CALIFORNIA REALLY LEADING. I THINK WITH THIS TECHNOLOGY
CITIZEN SCIENCE WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO PILOT
NEW THINGS, TAKE THINGS TO THE NEXT LEVEL IN CALIFORNIA AND
SERVE AS AN EXAMPLE FOR WHAT CAN HAPPEN
GLOBALLY. ANOTHER ONE IS CALLED SNAPSHOT KAL COAST, GETTING
PEOPLE UP AND DOWN THE COAST TO ENGAGE
AND MONITORING AND FIGURING OUT WHAT’S GOING ON WITH OUR COASTAL
AREA AREAS AREAS. .
INATURALIST IS JUST A TOOL AND I’M HONORED TO BE ABLE T TO BE
ABLE TO SPEAK ABOUT IT BUT REALLY THIS TOOL IS ONLY
USEFUL IF IT’S IF IT’S PICKED UP BY SOMEONE LIKE ALLISON AND
USED TO ARGUE PEOPLE AND ACHIEVE CERTAIN GOALS. I WANTED TO
MENTION THIS WEEKEND THERE’S A PILOT
BIOBLITZ THAT LEE IS HELPING ORGANIZE USING INATURALIST WHICH
WILL B WHICH WILL BE ABOUT PARKS AROUND THE STATE, SEE WHAT
WE CAN DO TO GET OUR FEET WET. I WANTED TO BRING ATTENTION TO
THINGS LIKE SNAPSHOT KAL COAST AND CITY NATURE CHALLENGE.
THESE TAKE A LOT OF TIME AND PEOPLE REALLY
DOING THE OUTREACH AND INATURALIST IS A TOOL, THERE,
READY TO USE. FANTASTICALLY EXCITINED TO BE
INVOLVED BUT TAKES THE EFFORT TO GET THESE THINGS TO HAPPEN.
NEW SPEAKER: THANK YOU SO MUCH, SCOTT. NAVIGATIN. FASCINATING
STUFF. BIGGEST CHALLENGE WITH AN EXCITING TOPIC
LIKE THIS IS HOW TO HOW TO CRAM A LOT OF EXCITING DISCUSSION
INTO AN HOUR. SO WE HAVE ONE LAST PERSON TO FINISH US OFF. I
WILL JUST MENTION THIS BIOBLITZ IS
HAPPENING THIS SATURDAY. SO YOU CAN — WHO BETTER TO FINISH
US OFF. (APPLAUSE) I’M SUPPOSED TO FIRE
YOU UP. AND MOTIVATE YOU. I’M NOT SURE YOU NEED IT I WANT TO ACHIEVE THAT
PURPOSE BY GOING REALLY QUIET AND SILENT FOR A MINUTE . AND BECAUSE OUR A CAPTIVE
AUDIENCE I’LL ASK YOU TO CLOSE YOUR EYES P .TAKE A DEEP BREATH. AND AT A
PERSONAL AND EMOTIONAL LEVEL, THINK ABOUT HAVE YOU EVE
HAVE YOU EVER WADED IN A RIVER, HAVE YOU EVER SWUM IN THE OCEAN
OR WALKED ALONG THE BEACH, HAVE YOU
EVER BEEN OUTSIDE AND SEEN THE SUNSET OR THE SUNRISE? HAVE YOU
JUMPED IN A LAKE? HAVE YOU GONE FISHING? HAVE YOU PLANTED A
PLANT? HAVE YOU PLAYED IN A CITY PARK? ARE YOUR PEOPLE SO
CONNECT TO SALMON AND RIVER YOU DON’T KNOW
A PAST WITHOUT THEM AND YOU CAN’ YOU CAN’T SEE A FUTURE
WITHOUT THEM? MAYBE MOST IMPORTANTLY HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A
SMILE BREAK OUT ON AN 81 KID”S FACE FROM
EAR TO EAR WHEN THEY TOUCH NATURE? NOW OPEN YOUR EYES.
EINSTEIN SAID IMAGINATION MAY B BE MORE
IMPORTANT THAN INTELLECT. IMAGINE A WORLD WHERE ALL
CALIFORNIANS HAVE THESE KINDS OF EXPERIENCES,
WHERE ALL CALIFORNIANS CONNECT WITH THE KIND OF EMOTIONS YOU
MIGHT HAVE JUST SURVEYED IN YOUR OWN
MIND, WHERE ALL CALIFORNIANS UNDERSTAND OUR SAMPB OUR
SOVEREIGN PARTNERS HAVE BEEN DOING
BALANCED HARM ANY OF SINCE TIME I AM MEMORIAL. THAT CALIFORNIA
LEADS THE WORLD ON BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION. THAT’S A WORLD I
WANT TO LIVE IN. THAT’S A WORLD I THINK YOU WANT TO LIVE IN.
THAT’S A WORLD I THINK MOST OF YOU HAVE
COMMITTED YOUR PROFESSIONAL CAREERS TO ACHIEVE. LOOK AT THE
PANEL TODAY. THAT’S OUR FUTURE. IN SO MANY
FORMS. IT’S FRESH VOICES, IT’S INNOVATION, IT’S UNDERSTANDING
WHO WE ARE BEFORE MOST OF US GOT HERE.
AND HOW THAT’S PART OF OUR FUTURE. IT’S ABOUT ARING ENERGY
AND EXCITEMENT. THESE ARE REALLY DIFFICULT TIMES. TURN ON
THE NEWS, IT’S FLAT-OUT DEPRESSING. SO
BARRY LOPEZ WROTE WHEN YOU PUT YOUR HANDS IN A RIVER YOU FEEL
THE CORDS THAT BINDED EARTH. THAT’S
NOT ABOUT SCIENCE. THAT’S NOT ABOUT LAW. THAT’S NOT ABOUT
POLICY. THAT’S NOT ABOUT GOVERNMENT.
THAT’S ABOUT INTERCONNECTEDNESS, THAT’S ABOUT INTERRELATEDNESS.
THAT’S ABOUT RELIGION. THAT’S ABOUT
YOUR SOUL. THAT’S ABOUT YOUR SPIRIT. I SUBMIT THAT’S WHAT
BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION REALLY IS ABOUT
AND HAS TO BECOME FOR 40 MILLION PEOPLE IN CALIFORNIA. SO I
THINK WE’RE IN TH WE’RE IN THE BUSINESS OF SAVING NATURE
. THERE’S A TON OF REASONS WHY THAT’S A SMART BUSINESS TO BE
IN. SMART FOR PEOPLE, IT’S SMART FOR
OUR ECONOMY, IT’S ABOUT A SENSE OF PLACE. IT’S JUST RIGHT.
IT’S JUST. WHEN WE SUCCEED AND I’VE
GOT NO DOUBT WE WILL, UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF SECRETARY CROWFOOT
AND GOVERNMENT AND GOVERNOR NE
NEWSOM, ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR WADE, SO THE FUNNY THING
IS WHEN W WHEN WE SUCCEED AT THIS AND WE SAVE NATURE, WE’RE
ACTUALLY GOING TO DISCOVER THAT IT’S NATURE WHO’S SAVING US. SO
KEEP AT IT. WE CAN DO IT. IT’S NOT GOING TO B GOING
TO BE EASY. BUT IT’S O IT’S ON OUR SHOULDERS. SO THANK YOU.
NEW SPEAKER: THANK YOU . THANK YOU ALL FOR COMING FOR
COMING AND WORKING TOGETHER ON THIS IMPORTANT PRIORITY. WE
HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE NEXT SERIES EVENT

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