The Nature Conservancy on Newsom Administration California 2020-21 Budget Announcement

San Francisco, CA

“The Nature Conservancy strongly supports the Newsom Administration’s approach in the FY2020-21 budget to better integrate climate investments to achieve better outcomes in the face of growing threats to people and nature from fires, floods and sea-level rise,” said Jay Ziegler, Director of External Affairs and Policy, The Nature Conservancy, California Chapter.

“We support increased funding for nature-based strategies that can help address the challenges of climate change before it’s too late – from the general fund, Green House Gas Reduction Fund and a climate resilience bond. We see the Governor’s commitment to a climate bond as the start of an effort to develop proposals to match the climate challenges that are upon us. In particular, we see the development of the new “Climate Catalyst Fund” as a critical need to spur innovation and more predictable on-going funding of nature to help address climate change and ongoing financial support of forest health and sustainable agriculture, among others.  

“The $60 million in funding to implement the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) is also absolutely critical to achieve progress in helping local agencies with grants and technical assistance to develop truly sustainable groundwater management plans. 

“Finally, we believe that increasing funding for the habitat conservation fund, State Parks and to increase targeted investments in biodiversity conservation at the Department of Fish and Wildlife is essential to address mounting extinction threats to fish and wildlife and to strategically enhance access for all Californians to outdoor recreation opportunities. We also see the addition of senior level tribal representation and for disadvantaged communities as critical innovations to ensure that the work of the Natural Resources Agency is connecting with all Californians.

“All-in-all, we see the Newsom Administration cutting important new ground in this budget and we look forward to working with the Legislature and the Newsom Administration to refine the budget that the Administration introduced today.”

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 75 countries and territories: 37 by direct conservation impact and 38 through partners, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.