What?

Development pressures are having dramatic effects on California’s native landscapes. Among the most effected are the central valley and Sierra Nevada foothills regions. Balanced planning and decision-making, along with firm and fair implementation, can help ensure that those changes will be beneficial for residents of all our cities and towns.

Responsible Growth

  • Focuses new development projects within existing cities and towns rather than creating new ones.
  • Offers a variety of housing, recreational, commercial and open space opportunities within easy access of each other.
  • Works with and improves our existing infrastructure and services instead of wasting resources developing new ones.
  • Preserves and protects the open and agricultural lands and the natural resources on which we all depend.

Why?

Populations in the Central Valley and Sierra Foothills are rapidly growing and will continue to grow in the future. This has created an ever-increasing demand for housing. WildPlaces believes that development should be focused in existing cities and unincorporated towns, allowing the region to enjoy the benefits of appropriate development while avoiding the urban and rural sprawl, increased traffic congestion, greater air, soil, and water pollution, water shortages, and loss of prime agricultural and natural resource lands that too often result from poor development choices.

Woodlands

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The regeneration of oak seedlings throughout California and particularly the Southern Sierra and foothill regions has dramatically slowed due to poor ranching practices in the last century. Also, land use pressures from poorly planned development and population growth hae further threatened this environment.

Towns

Towns throughout the county lack adequate water and sewer systems, well-maintained roads and sidewalks, affordable housing, parks, and jobs.

Urban sprawl

Urban sprawl threatens irreplaceable agricultural lands, rural and wild lands and the wildlife, as well as the people and economic activities dependent on them.

Leapfrog development

Leapfrog development and “new towns” threaten our unmatched scenic resources and shrink wildlife habitat and traditional working landscapes, while increasing traffic congestion and air pollution.

New development

New development projects threaten to leave existing towns behind, economically and politically.

Solutions

Tulare County Citizens for Responsible Growth (TCCRG)

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Tulare County Citizens for Responsible Growth (TCCRG) is a diverse group of local residents united by concerns about the direction of future growth in Tulare County. WildPlaces is a supporter and partner with TCCRG. Much of the information on this page comes from TCCRG’s research and hard work. For more information please visit them at: www.tccrg.org

General Plan

Tulare County has released the 2030 General Plan Update and Draft Environmental Impact Report. The General Plan will guide county development through 2030. TCCRG has worked with county officials and community members to incorporate responsible growth into the new General Plan. Find more information at: www.co.tulare.ca.us

Oak Acorn Collection and Propagation

WildPlaces and the USFS distribute oak seedlings to local community members for small-scale restoration projects and to promote the use of native drought-adapted plants that are better suited for our natural resources and climat<

Service Learning

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Volunteers work with WildPlaces and our partners to propagate and plant oaks in our community. This gives volunteers the opportunity to learn how to grow and care for native oaks and to discuss issues relating to responsible growth in oak woodland habitats.

If real progress is to be made in species and ecosystem recovery statewide, and especially in the Sierra foothills, a coalition of private landowners, ranchers, environmentalists, and outdoors enthusiasts must be engaged. For years these parties have been viewed as combatants in the battle over land-use, but they share a common love of the land and the common threat of irresponsible development.
- Mehmet McMillan, WildPlaces Director.