The California Biodiversity Council (CBC) was formed in 1991 to improve coordination and cooperation between the various resource management and environmental protection organizations at federal, state, and local levels. Strengthening ties between local communities and governments has been a focus of the Council by way of promoting strong local leadership and encouraging comprehensive solutions to regional issues.
The Council’s purpose is to discuss, coordinate, and assist in developing strategies and complementary policies for conserving biodiversity. It was not created to independently establish new projects nor to become another bureaucracy. Members exchange information, resolve conflicts, and promote development of regional conservation practices.
The Council has 42 members, including 20 state agencies, 12 federal agencies, and 10 local governments. It is chaired by California Secretary for Resources Wade Crowfoot and Bureau of Land Management California State Director Karen Mouritsen.