PACIFIC COAST CONSERVATION ALLIANCE

Preserving wildlands; promoting sustainable agriculture

aka The PCCA, Central Coast Bat Survey, Prairie Falcon Conservancy   |   Paso Robles, CA   |  https://the-pcca.org

Mission

PCCA's Mission: 1. Conservation & stewardship of native habitats; 2. Protection of working lands (e.g., farm & range la) that support native wildlife and plants; 3. Design & implement field studies supporting recovery of endangered and threatened species to further their survivorship; 4. Design & implement field studies to prevent common species from becoming threatened or endangered by developing baseline profiles BEFORE they experience significant decline; and 5. Conduct research and educate the public on benefits of North America's bats on agriculture and public health. PCCA staff work throughout the states of California, Arizona, and Nevada; however, its research and service area focus are directed toward California's Central Coast, San Diego County, and the Imperial Valley.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

William E Haas

Main address

66 Terrace Hill Drive

Paso Robles, CA 93446 USA

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EIN

77-0630225

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Farmland Preservation (K25)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Conservation Easement Program: Many farmers & ranchers are familiar with the concept of the conservation easement (CE) but may not know much about its advantages or the process by which a CE can be obtained. We assist with both of these issues based on a firm understanding of the how and why of the CE and, with a strong, ag-based real estate support team can bring a CE to fruition in relatively short order. Bats, Sustainable Agriculture, and Human Health Program: We conduct very basic, local information-based data collection on bat biology and ecology to create education programs (including our exciting "Bats & Art" component) for the general public and also the farming & ranching sectors to inform about bats, bat biology, bats & human health, and the importance of (and monetary value of) bats and their roles in sustainable agriculture. The Prairie Falcon Trust: Prairie Falcons, although not an endangered or threatened species are in decline due to incompatible land use.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Central Coast Bat Survey

A long-term, comprehensive (multi-habitat, year-round) survey of the bat species that occur within San Luis Obispo County and specifically, the development of an in-depth understanding of bats and their importance to agriculture along California's Central Coast!

Population(s) Served

Dedicated to protecting and conserving the Prairie Falcon (Falco mexicanus) and its breeding habitats in California's deserts and grasslands.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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Conservation Easement Program: Our goal is to provide valuable education to perspective land owners and in a program of mutual benefit, help set aside land in perpetuity that limits development while protecting (and helping continue) existing land use while also providing tax relief to an often cash-poor segment to an agrarian landscape.

Bats, Sustainable Agriculture, and Human Health Program: We aim to be the primary bat education organization on California's Central Coast. We hope to further the acceptance of bats as a beneficial component of sustainable agriculture (through conservation of habitats, incorporating bat habitat into agricultural planning) while also providing the general public with information about the importance & value of bats while dispelling the many myths about their "darker" side).

Prairie Falcon Trust: Our goal is to combine education with breeding site land acquisition to enhance the Prairie Falcon survivorship in southern California deserts.

Conservation Easement Program: Our Web site (https://the-pcca.org) is information rich regarding conservation easements and the conservation easement process. We attempt to have in-person contact every inquiry. We also make presentations, at no cost, to local agricultural groups and organizations (e.g., our local, 600-member sustainable agriculture organization, The Vineyard Team).

Bats, Sustainable Agriculture, and Human Health Program: In addition to periodic classes and seasonal events, we use local media (esp. radio & electronic media) to advertise our programs. We twice annually teach community ed classes at our local community college and we are hoping that our Bats & Art competition will bring publicity and interest to bat conservation. We hold semi-monthly "Bat Cafes" for the public and scientists to gather and discuss all things bats

Prairie Falcon Trust: This program will require a combination of an old-fashioned grass roots (public education) effort and land acquisition

1. Our Executive Director has more than 25 years experience in conservation easement establishment & management.

2. Our real estate specialists have been ranked in the top 100 ag-land realtors in the country.

3. The Director of our bat study has a degree in science education, 30+ years of bat-related field work, and 20 years teaching science and science curriculum development in the U. S. and in Central America at the secondary and post-secondary school levels.

4. Our Prairie Falcon Trust has in one month assembled an interest group made up of public, private, and non-profit organizations, which meets semi-monthly.

1. We have helped establish conservation easements on four ranches, totaling more than 600 acres of protected grazing and farm lands.

2. Through our bat education program, we annually host 50 primary school students in bat box building classes. We also, twice annually, present classes through local public libraries, "a "Bats of the Central Coast" program with an after-call bat walk. Class size typically numbers 40 with a make-up of "all ages" (e.g., our most recent included participants ranging in age from 4 to 78 years of age).

3. Although only in its first month of operation, our Prairie Falcon Trust has engaged four land use groups; three public agencies (BLM, US-FWS, and CA-DFW); and several non-profit groups (including both a local and the statewide Audubon Society entities) to begin a cooperative process of purchasing or otherwise protecting Prairie Falcon nest sites in the Antelope and Imperial valleys of southern California.

Financials

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PACIFIC COAST CONSERVATION ALLIANCE

Board of directors
as of 8/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Greg Smith

Smith-Kandal Insurance & Real Estate

Term: 2018 - 2020

Lariann Baretta

Las Tablas Animal Hospital

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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