Funding & Legislation

Case Study: Capacity Building for Collaboration

As part of our work to overcome barriers to collaboration and develop partnership resources, the California Landscape Stewardship Network commissioned a case study to explore the unique capacity building challenges and trends facing landscape stewardship networks: Capacity Building for Collaboration: A Case Study on Building and Sustaining Landscape-Scale Stewardship Networks in the 21st Century, authored by Leigh Goldberg Consulting.

Based on interviews with practitioners, funders, subject matter experts, and policymakers, this case study outlines the five most significant financing challenges facing these cross-boundary partnership efforts, as well as strategies from different regions across the country that are effectively build­ing capacity for collaboration.


Funding & Legislation Working Group Focus

A priority challenge identified by Network members is the need for sustainable public support and capacity for emerging collaborative landscape-scale stewardship. The purpose of the Funding & Legislation Working Group is to share knowledge of legislative solutions and examine new opportunities to build awareness of new and existing grant opportunities, bond funding or related policy that can advance stewardship and conservation at the local, regional and national level. Currently, the work we are pursuing includes:

  • Developing a case study on building capacity for this work based on interviews with members of the funding and legislative communities
  • Tracking legislation and grant opportunities
  • Looking at more effective ways to communicate the value of this work to funders and legislators (in partnership with our Defining Landscape Stewardship Working Group)
  • Making connections with funders and legislators to build support, including meeting people both in the landscape and at centers of decision-making
  • Learning about members’ support needs, and successes and gaps in seeking support
  • Applying landscape stewardship principles to the funding and policy landscape
  • Lifting Network members with educational opportunities



  • Melanie Askay, Grants Specialist, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
  • Lisa Baldinger, Legislative Assistant, East Bay Regional Parks District
  • Kimberly Caringer, Division Manager, Environmental Improvement Program, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency
  • Jay Chamberlin, Chief of Natural Resources, California State Parks
  • Shelana de Silva, Director of Government Affairs and Public Funding, Save the Redwoods League
  • Darcie Goodman Collins, Executive Director, League to Save Lake Tahoe
  • Joshua Hugg, Governmental Affairs Specialist, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
  • Matt Leffert, Director of Philanthropic Initiatives, Parks Conservancy
  • Michael O’Connell, Executive Director, Irvine Ranch Conservancy
  • Ana Ruiz, General Manager, Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
  • Matthew Sagues, Grant Program Coordinator, Marin Municipal Water District
  • Kevin Wright, Government Affairs Coordinator, Marin County Parks