DRECP Outreach and Public Involvement

Public participation in the DRECP was based on the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Endangered Species Act, and the Natural Community Conservation Act. Under these acts and their guidelines, there is a clear expectation for early outreach, integration of public values into draft plans, and multiple opportunities for review and comment.

The DRECP also followed Environmental Justice policies to ensure fair and equitable treatment of people, regardless of race and income level, in the implementation of environmental laws, regulations, and policies related to the DRECP. The goal of the DRECP public involvement and outreach program was to facilitate an open and transparent process.

Since 2010, there were more than 40 public meetings about the DRECP. A stakeholder committee met 22 times between 2010 and 2013 to help inform the plan’s development and provide a public forum.

The DRECP Gateway was developed and made available to help the public understand the plan and make specific map and science-based comments.

Below is a list of additional print and online materials that the public can use to get information about the plan. Materials developed specifically for public meeting or other events can be found on the Meetings page of this website.