Launch of the Green Visions Plan Website

Posted by on March 25, 2005

In late 2003, a new partnership was forged between Southern California’s state land conservancies – the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy, Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, Coastal Conservancy, and Baldwin Hills Conservancy – and the University of Southern California’s Center for Sustainable Cities and GIS Research Laboratory. The mission of our partnership is to provide a guide to habitat conservation, watershed health and recreational open space for the Los Angeles metropolitan region, and to design planning and decision-support tools to nurture a living green matrix for southern California. Our goals are to protect and restore natural areas, restore natural hydrological function, promote equitable access to open space, and maximize support via multiple-use facilities.

The result is the Green Visions Plan for 21st Century Southern California.

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Green Visions Plan website at We hope that the website will be useful to many agencies and organizations, especially cities, counties, and nonprofit organizations concerned with habitat
conservation and restoration, watershed planning and water quality, and recreational open space and environmental justice. Our site offers information on:
* The Green Vision Plan and its conceptual framework
* The Green Visions work program
* Downloadable Green Visions Plan technical reports
* Our interactive plan inventory
* Collaborating partners and scientific team
* How to get involved in the Green Visions Plan process

One feature of our website – the interactive plan inventory – may be particularly useful to visitors. By clicking on an interactive map, you can obtain information about many existing plans that pertain to habitat, watersheds, and recreation in southern California. These range from city and county general plan elements, to county, state and federal habitat plans, to many of the watershed planning efforts underway today. You can also contribute to this public access inventory, by letting us know about plans that are not yet – but should be – on our inventory.

Please enter our website at Learn how, together, we can work to achieve a healthy, sustainable, and equitable environment for Southern California!

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