California Climate-Smart Planning to Focus on Land Access and Diversification

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources was awarded $1.7 million for the California Next Generation and Equitable Climate Action Plan, as part of the state’s Natural and Working Lands Climate Smart Strategy and California’s 30×30 Initiative. Project leaders will use this funding to focus on two of the most pressing climate action issues: equitable land access and land management diversification. Focusing on Southern California, UC Cooperative Extension scientists will identify barriers to land access, management, and opportunities to increase land manager diversity. They also will engage historically underrepresented communities in coalition building, capacity assessment, and climate action planning.