TOGETHER Bay Area is a regional coalition of nonprofits, public agencies, and local Native governments / organizations / communities working together for climate resilient lands – including lands that are natural, working, rural, and urban. The health of these lands is integral to a thriving Bay Area and the health of all of the people and communities in our 10 county region. We connect, convene, and catalyze action for a just and equitable society where we live in relationship with the land that sustains us now and will sustain future generations.
We use “resilience” to express our coalition’s goals of a) preventing the loss and/or degradation of land, b) supporting ecological functioning, and c) connecting people to the land. We focus on resilience – an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change (Merriam Webster) – because it is essential in the 21st century.
We include public parks, public lands, working lands like farms and ranches and forests, rural and urban lands, trails, open spaces, preserves, and other similar natural spaces.
We include acquisition, stewardship, maintenance, restoration, preservation, conservation, cultural resources and activities, outdoor recreation, public access to nature, active living as part of public health, and programs that connect people to nature.
We are the only Bay Area coalition of nonprofits, agencies, and local Native governments / organizations / communities focused on resilient lands and people, and we are unique in how we work because:
- We work together to secure significant public funds and engage in regional policy for climate resilience and equitable access to nature.
- We leverage coalition members’ local work at the regional scale.
- We deliver more impactful outcomes for resilient land and people than any local organization or agency could.
Everything we do is grounded in these principles:
This coalition stands on the shoulders of the Bay Area Open Space Council. The Council was formed in 1990, helped form the Bay Area Program of the California Coastal Conservancy in 1997, launched the Conservation Lands Network in 2011 and CLN 2.0 in 2019, convened the annual Open Space Conference and dozens of Gatherings, and helped form relationships across the region.