Working Landscapes Action Team 2013 Charter
In 2013, California Forward and the California Stewardship Network hosted Regional Forums attended by more than 1,700 business and civic leaders around the state. The forums resulted in top priorities to support middle class job growth and regional economies focused on advancing the triple bottom line of economy, environment and social equity. The 2013 Action Team Charters set down parameters, expectations and a work plan to move these priorities to statewide policy.
Working Landscapes represent valuable economic, social and environmental assets. California's working landscapes contribute over $2 trillion to state's economy annually, supporting job creation and economic growth based on food systems, forestry, fisheries, renewable energy, the emerging bio-based economy, tourism, and many other industries tied to our natural resources. Working landscapes also serve the state by providing critical ecosystem functions such as provision of clean water and climate regulation. Working landscapes are also social and cultural assets, supporting communities and livelihoods. California’s urban areas have working-landscape issues around preservation of jobs-producing lands, provision of park lands and open space, and large swaths of federal and state land off- limits to development.