California Biodiversity Council


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.

More Information

In 2021, the Council, in recognition of the federal and state commitment to 30x30, agreed to work together to advance this common goal. As a first step, Council agencies have developed an appendix report and supplemental database to identify opportunities for collaborative action and investments that can help achieve 30x30. The following is a compendium of over 70 different federal, state, and local programs that are best poised to support 30x30 in California. This includes programs that increase the amount of durably conserved lands and coastal waters through changes in ownership or levels of protection and management, as well as programs that support conservation through interagency coordination, regional planning, research, restoration, or adaptive management.

Pathways to 30x30 CBC Appendix: Shared Opportunities to Advance 30x30

Pathways to 30x30 CBC Supplemental Database