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The Conservation Lands Network is a regional vision and guide to protect the Bay Area's irreplaceable landscapes.

The Conservation Lands Network:
Vision and Guide.


Collectively and strategically protect 2 million acres of the Bay Area's upland habitats and rare landscapes for biodiversity conservation.


The Conservation Lands Network (CLN) is a collaborative, science-based effort to conserve the Bay Area's irreplaceable landscapes.

The Conservation Lands Network is the make-up of the types, amount and distribution of habitats that comprise the most essential lands needed to sustain the biodiversity of the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Who Was Involved?

Between 2006 and 2011, the Bay Area Open Space Council partnered with 125 regional experts to develop the Conservation Lands Network as a tool for conservation practitioners, landowners, land managers, policy makers and the public.

Project Team, Steering Committee and Focus Teams

One of Three Bay Area Habitat Plans

Together, these projects represent a trio of regional habitat planning for the San Francisco Bay and its surrounding watersheds.

Conservation Lands Network

Released in 2011, the Conservation Lands Network is the San Francisco Bay Area's dynamic vision for biodiversity conservation in the region's terrestrial uplands and watersheds.

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Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Project

Completed in 1999 by a consortium of public agencies, the Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Project envisions conservation of 100,000 acres of historic tidelands that ring the San Francisco Bay.

Download Baylands Goals Project Report (PDF)

SF Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Report

Completed in 2011, the San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Report is a collaborative vision for the protection and restoration of submerged habitats in the San Francisco Bay.

Visit Subtidal Goals Project

Implementation and Next Steps

Implementation & Investment

Implementation of the Conservation Lands Network requires a dynamic approach and continued investment.

Investment in protecting the lands inside the Conservation Lands Network is a priority, but lands outside the CLN may also have high conservation values. On the ground surveys may reveal extraordinary biological resources not captured in the current CLN dataset.

Therefore, ground-truthing is essential. Even the best available data is often inconsistent and incomplete and conservation decisions must include site visits and surveys.

Charting the course for CLN Implementation:

  1. Use the Conservation Lands Network as a guide.
  2. Create incentives for landowners.
  3. Support sound stewardship and adaptive management.
  4. Save our streams.
  5. Integrate the land conservation ethic into public policy.
  6. Fund what works.
  7. Create new funding sources.
  8. Create and launch the Conservation Lands Network 2.0.

Regional Coordination and Related Projects

The CLN does not exist in isolation. Other projects are working at different scales and with different goals, but create a regional set of conservation planning efforts.

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CLN Supporters

The Conservation Lands Network 1.0 released in 2011 was made possible by the following supporters:

  • California Coastal and Marine Initiative of the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation

  • California Landscape Conservation Cooperative

  • California Natural Resources Agency

  • California State Coastal Conservancy

  • David and Lucile Packard Foundation

  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation

  • Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program at San Francisco Bay

  • The National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program.

  • A special thank you to GreenInfo Network for their support building the website, developing Explorer, creating innumerable maps and providing invaluable guidance.

The Progress Report was made possible by support from:

  • California State Coastal Conservancy

  • Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation