This Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) is made and entered into by and between California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD), The Regents of the University of California on behalf of its University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), hereinafter referred to as “the Parties.” The effort will hereafter be referred to as the California Conservation Planning Partnership.
The purpose of this MOA is to encourage strong partnerships as well as to strengthen cooperation among the Parties that result in coordinated interagency delivery of conservation assistance to private landowners and others and to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the California’s natural resources. The Parties’ vision is to collectively have greater impact on resource protection and to accelerate conservation on the ground. The Parties share a long-term commitment to the federal/state/local government conservation delivery system to help private landowners, communities, and others conserve natural resources across California. To make the vision a reality, the partnership will support locally led efforts that result in voluntary decisions of agricultural producers, forest managers, and Tribes to conserve natural resources, applying solutions that are practical, economical, customized to specific needs of our customers and communities served, and beneficial to the environment. The Parties agree that providing science-based technical assistance on natural working lands will play a key role in enabling the creation and implementation of these solutions. As a partnership, we will put quality first, enable people to make sound conservation decisions, demonstrate professionalism and dedication, and strive for continuous improvement.