FRASC Past Meetings:
Green Infrastructure, Sustainable Recreation, and Connecting People to the California Landscape across California's Working Forests and Rangelands
Our panel of subject experts stimulated a thought provoking discussion on the concept of green infrastructure, conservation of open space, and connecting people to California landscapes through green infrastructrure, open spaces, and sustainble recreation.
- Larry Orman, Executive Director, GreenInfo Network
- Bob Kingman, Mt. Lassen Area Manager, Sierra Nevada Conservancy
- Trinidad Juarez, USFS Region 5 Landscape Architect
Feedback:If you were unable to attend the meeting, we would like to offer you the opportunity to respond to the same questions our panelists answered. Click here to view the questions. If you have any responses you would like to provide, or if you have any other feedback, we welcome your input.
The goal of the meeting to give FRAP a starting point for addressing green infrastructure, conservation of open spaces, and connecting people to the California Landscape in the 2015 assessment.
- To discuss the meaning of green infrastructure and its relationship to conservation of open space
- To discuss ecosystem services associated with green infrastructure and targeting opens space conservation to maximize the benefits of open spaces to a variety of competing needs
- To discuss connecting Californians to their working landscapes through sustainable recreation and education
California's landscape is composed of a mosaic of public and private working landscapes. While there are several large landholding owners in the state, such as the US Forest Service, the BLM, and the National Park System, there is also a system of smaller land holdings held in a variety of ownerships and with a variety of uses that comprise and essential link between public and private lands as well as urban and rural landscapes. Our 2010 assessment called these lands "green infrastructure" and examined threats to these open spaces such as wildfire and development pressure. To learn more about how we addressed this topic in the 2010 assessment, click here.
For our 2015 assessment, we would like to further the concept of green infrastructure to include ecosystem services and the multiple benefits these spaces provide, as natural areas and working landscapes. We would also like to further the discussion of connecting people to their landscapes by looking at sustainable recreation and outdoor education.