Improving Relationships, Tools for Successful Operating/Co-Management Agreements

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  • Improving partnerships with groups that operate and co-manage park units.  
  • Setting goals with our partners


Welcome to another Transformation Tuesday!

Did you know that California’s state park system is comprised of 280 park units and is home to the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural and recreational resources to be found within California? About 70 of these park units are operated or partially managed by non-profit, local government agencies or concessionaires on behalf of the California Department of Parks and Recreation (California State Parks).

Providing better tools and processes for management of the operating and co-management agreements has been one of the priorities for the Transformation Team’s Partnerships Committee (Committee).

Recently, the Committee and department staff representing a variety of management disciplines along with outside experts met with a cross section of those operators and co-managers at a workshop.

Goals of the workshop included:

  • Provide an overview of California State Parks and the vision forward.
  • Provide participants with an overview of the authority to enter into operating/co-management agreements and SB 204 which expanded authority to enter into agreements.
  • Give an update on the Transformation Team’s Partnership Committee’s work and products related to operators and co-managers.
  • Provide participants the opportunity to contribute to the Operating/Co-management Agreement
  • Provide a forum for discussing and sharing ideas on mutual goal setting and the operating/co-management agreement template.
  • Unveil draft components of a tool kit the Partnership Committee has developed.

Breakout sessions offered opportunities for attendees to share ideas and concerns with attentive department leadership, including Director Lisa Mangat. Additionally, attendees were introduced to a draft mutual goal setting and assessment form as well as a template for annual reports.

Workshop organizers received positive feedback for project transparency and for the willingness to sit down with partners to gather input. This set a positive tone for the future in developing improved processes and tools to resolve issues confronting partners and parks staff.

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May you all have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


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