DRECP Outreach and Public Involvement
The public participation requirement for the DRECP is based on the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under NEPA guidelines there is a clear expectation for early outreach, integration of public values into draft plans, and multiple opportunities for review and comment. Although there is a clear expectation related to process and outreach, the NCCPA does not prescribe any particular methods. The DRECP will follow 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.
Materials developed in support of the DRECP to inform the public, stakeholders and participants are below. Materials developed specifically in support of a public meeting or other event may also be found on the Meetings page of this website.
Goal of Outreach
The goal of the DRECP public involvement and outreach program is to facilitate an open and transparent process and to satisfy the public participation requirements of the Federal Endangered Species Act and the California Natural Community Conservation Planning Act (NCCPA).
Public involvement and outreach activities help to raise awareness; improve mutual understanding; identify issues; build trust; and sustain momentum for the DRECP. Outreach efforts will result in meaningful participation and input by a broad and balanced variety of public and private interests.
The participation and input will help the REAT agencies make informed and better decisions in pursuing conservation activities, while allowing for appropriate development of renewable energy projects.