How We Work
The NCRP is a collaboration among Tribes, local, state and federal government, watershed groups, private landowners, business, and other partners in California’s North Coast. Since 2004, the NCRP and its partners have invested over $85 million in the region, and leveraged this funding with matching funds totaling over $160 million. This collaboration has voluntarily invested time and resources to meet together for over 15 years. This long term commitment to working together towards what is best for the region – not just the individual county or Tribe – has resulted in a diverse partnership that is respected for its fair, transparent, equitable and effective approach to strategic planning and project implementation.
The NCRP is by design a voluntary, non-regulatory, stakeholder-driven planning framework that emphasizes shared priorities, local knowledge and local autonomy. The NCRP is driven by a philosophy of inclusion, engagement and equity, and places a strong emphasis on local capacity building, and the effective and efficient expenditure of funds towards on the ground outcomes.
The NCRP is led by locally elected county and Tribal officials from the following North Coast counties: Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Modoc, Siskiyou, Sonoma and Trinity. This local, representative leadership approach ensures transparency and inclusion at the regional scale. Leadership, governance, policy and decision making is provided by the NCRP Policy Review Panel (PRP). The PRP consists of two representatives appointed by each County’s Board of Supervisors and three Tribal Representatives appointed by North Coast Tribes as outlined in the ‘Tribal Representation Process’ described in the NCRP Memorandum of Mutual Understandings. Scientific and technical review is provided by the Technical Peer Review Committee (TPRC), project staff, consultants, and the stakeholders within the North Coast Region. The TPRC is comprised of technical experts appointed by each County’s Board of Supervisors and Tribal representatives. The TPRC reviews and evaluates the development of NCRP Plans and proposed projects based on technical and selection criteria approved by the PRP.
The NCRP regularly develops science-based assessments and plans that fill data gaps in the region and reflect the shared goals, objectives, strategies and priorities for the North Coast Region. These planning documents are informed by the best available technical information and local knowledge, and include input from all interested stakeholders. These assessments and plans are intentionally aligned with the relevant goals and objectives of state and federal partner agencies, and guide the project evaluation, selection and project implementation process for the region. Once implemented, monitoring information from projects is incorporated back into the planning framework to ensure ongoing adaptive learning.