Achieving Better Outcomes for Local, County, and State Planning

November 2, 2019
9:30am – 3:30pm

This workshop focuses on strategies and tactics related to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) that can protect our desert communities and ecosystems from poorly conceived local, county and state environmental planning. Attendees will build important skills to help shape, challenge, and change local, county and state land use decisions in order to protect the fragile landscape-based economy, water, air quality, and ecosystem desert residents rely upon.

Specifically, you will learn how to:

  • Understand the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and the CEQA process
  • Use CEQA to to protect our landscape’s delicate ecosystems and cultural resources
  • Craft substantive comments that local, county, and state agencies and decision makers are required to take into consideration


  • April Sall, President of the Board, California Desert Coalition
  • Tim Krantz, Professor of Environmental Studies, University of Redlands
  • JP Rose, Staff Attorney, Center for Biological Diversity
  • Dr. Shellie Zias-Roe, Principal Environmental & Equity Planner and Project Manager
  • Brendan Cummings, Conservation Director, Center for Biological Diversity

Watch each presentation:

April Sall

Bodie Hills Presentation

JP Rose

Case Study Presentation

Dr. Shellie Roe

Environmental Justice Presentation

Brendan Cummings

Case Study Presentation

Steve Bardwell

General & Action Plans Presentation

JP Rose

Commenting Presentation