Blue Ridge-Berryessa Partnership
The Blue Ridge-Berryessa Partnership is a collaborative among private landowners, public agencies, nonprofit groups, businesses, and the general public who enjoy the region’s natural, agricultural, recreational, and historical resources. Encompassing over 785,000 acres within the upper Putah and Cache Creek watersheds, this region is characterized by both its wild-lands and land-based economic enterprises, including working ranches, vineyards, and recreation-based businesses. It encompasses portions of Lake, Colusa, Yolo, Napa, and Solano counties and is part of the Coast Range ecological zone that extends north into Oregon.
Mission, Purpose, and Activities
The mission of the Partnership is to bring people together to conserve and steward the upper Putah and Cache Creek Watersheds. The purpose of the Partnership is to preserve the region’s natural and cultural heritage. With financial support from partners and outside funding sources, the Partnership has provided forums and initiated projects to:
- Foster coordination and collaboration among the partners.
- Support the partners’ efforts to conserve, sustainably manage, and use the land.
- Compile and disseminate research, general information, and educational materials to the partners and the public.
- Build a strong and lasting partnership with the structure and adequate financial capacity to support our mission.
The Partnership was founded in 1997 under the five guiding principles:
- Preserve, protect and enhance the region’s natural and cultural resource values.
- Support conservation-based land-use activities and sustainable economic development in the region and its gateway communities.
- Respect the rights of private landowners.
- Encourage resource-compatible, non-growth inducing recreation on public lands.
- Consider all positions on an issue but only support those where the Partnership has reached consensus.
Homestake Mining Company facilitated the early meetings to address the closing of McLaughlin Mine and disposition of its lands and facilities to the University of California Natural Reserve System. Prior to becoming a Project of the Trust for Conservation Innovation, the project was hosted by the Land Trust of Napa County. In 2002, the project was recognized for its innovative partnership model; it was a recipient of the California Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for its work on Watershed Management.