146 people attended 4 input sessions
August 16, 2019
The strength of the Bay Area Open Space Council is its community.
We are in the process of rebuilding this organization, and thinking hard about what is needed and how this organization can lead the conservation and stewardship community in the 21st Century. Some things are clear, and some still need to be defined.
We held four input sessions over the past two weeks to hear what the community perceives as the pros and cons of the future options for this organization. And they were enormously helpful to the planning process.
146 people attended the four sessions. They asked 72 clarifying questions. They used 900+ post-it notes it notes to share their perspectives on the pros and cons of each option. Because each of the options has trade-offs. None are perfect. And they indicated with dot stickers which one of the four options they think we should pursue based on our decision-making criteria, and which one they think will have the most impact on the region.
The 146 attendees did something more than that, though. They participated in the creation of the next phase of this organization. They sat with colleagues, some they knew and others they didn’t, and talked about what this region needs in the next 20 years. They contributed to building something up, not tearing it down.
The next step is to share all of this valuable input with the Planning Committee (see below). The Planning Committee will consider all of it and develop a recommendation for which option (or combination of options) the organization should pursue. They will make that recommendation to the Board of Directors and the Board will make a decision this fall.
Our thanks to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Sonoma Land Trust, and Save the Redwoods League for hosting. We also held one session, hosted by the Council, in Oakland.
We thank Marin County Parks and Open Space District, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, and Sonoma County Ag and Open Space for their leadership and support of this planning process.
And a very warm thank you to all of you who attended these input sessions. We will have a stronger, more strategic Bay Area Open Space Council because of you.
PS: Want to know more about what’s going on with the BAOSC?
- This email invitation to attend one of four input sessions in August.
- Two blog posts (here and here) inviting you to provide input into the future of the BAOSC via an online survey (which has since closed).
- A blog post all about the process to develop a Vision, Strategy and Implementation Plan
- A letter from the Board of Directors and Advisory Council in March 2019
- A piece written by Interim Executive Director Annie Burke in Bay Nature from December 2018
- A letter from the Board of Directors and Advisory Council in December 2018
And we thank the following individuals for their time and contributions on the Planning Committee:
- Andrea Mackenzie, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority
- Brendan Moriarty, Trust for Public Land
- Erich Pfuehler, East Bay Regional Park District
- Jasmine Westbrook, Solano Land Trust
- Karen Buhr, California Association of Resource Conservation Districts
- Kim Moore Bailey, Youth Outside
- Lorelle Ross, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
- Max Korten, Marin County Parks and Open Space District
- Meredith Hendricks, Save Mount Diablo
- Noelle Thurlow, Peninsula Open Space Trust
- Rosemary Cameron, EBRPD retired, Save the Redwoods League Board
- Sharon Farrell, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
- Shelana DeSilva, Save the Redwoods League
- Tim Ramirez, San Francisco Water, Power and Sewer
- Tom Robinson, consultant to the Conservation Lands Network
- Yakuta Poonawalla, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy