The mission of the Center includes:
1. Facilitating the conservation, stewardship, and restoration of land and water resources through applied faculty research projects and supervised community service-learning experiences for University students;
2. Serving as a community educational clearinghouse to support the work of other public agencies and private nonprofit organizations through coordination, outreach, policy advisement, partnership development, and advocacy; and the development of databases and workshops for the public; and
3. Proposing, supporting, administering, and facilitating specific research and implementation projects and studies related to land and water conservation, stewardship, and restoration for faculty in all disciplines at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
The genesis of CCLAWS was the “Golden Principles,” derived from the collaborative project entitled, The Golden Necklace (2008), a vision for a multi-use trailway and open space system, extending from the San Gabriel Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. Revised goals for CCLAWS became:
• Through education, outreach, and advocacy efforts, encourage respect for environmental, cultural, and spiritual perspectives for Southern California’s rivers, trailways, open space, and nature and foster sustainability by balancing natural, social, and economic systems; and
• Support the work of and increase collaboration between academic departments and units, private organizations, and public agencies with goals similar to those of the Center without duplicating efforts.
The focus of these goals has a long-standing tradition in the Southern California region. In 1930, the Olmsted-Bartholomew Plan, a large-scale, regional planning proposal for a system of “Parks, Playgrounds and Beaches in the Los Angeles Region,” was presented to Los Angeles County. The Plan set out to establish an interconnected, comprehensive regional parks and parkway system that would link Southern California to nature from the high desert in Antelope Valley to the sea at Malibu and Long Beach. It also called for combining park and flood-control development to allow both natural drainage and recreational opportunities in low-lying lands. Although the document received little attention, it was visionary in its quest to protect natural systems from the Southland’s infamous pattern of sprawling residential development, made possible by the automobile. Today, these daunting issues—from the growing inequitable lack of public open space per capita to development impact on the watershed and natural habitat—have remained both relevant and unresolved. However, there is a growing public movement and support for efforts to address these problems.
In keeping with the increasing urgency of addressing these issues, CCLAWS has been formed to create an opportunity for the University and its faculty, governments, non-government agencies, and individuals to work collaboratively on applied research in land conservation and stewardship, including land and water restoration, watershed management and comprehensive planning, environmental design and planning, as well as a broad range of other disciplinary and interdisciplinary research opportunities. The Center will work with Cal Poly Pomona faculty and staff to create opportunities for collaborative work and to establish databases that can be accessed by outside organizations to support knowledge transfer and reduce duplication of efforts. It will also collaborate on a project-by-project basis with other faculty, departments, and colleges within Cal Poly Pomona.
The Center’s organizational structure is initially based on three primary roles:
(a) Co-Directors, who shall be full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty members, currently Dr. Julianna Delgado (URP) and Dr. Susan J. Mulley (LA), responsible for managing the Center’s research, educational, and outreach activities;
(b) An Advisory Board, consisting of representative members of related agencies and organizations, that shall shape the direction of the Center by providing valuable feedback on proposed research projects and activities; and
(c) Student researchers and Interns, who shall be full-time Cal Poly Pomona students or recent graduates, selected by the Co-Directors. The duties of both students and interns shall be determined by the Co-Directors.
The California Center for Land and Water Stewardship is a collaborative, interdisciplinary research and community service center dedicated to the development and creation of partnerships both between faculty and academic units at Cal Poly Pomona and with outside agencies to solve the issues relating to land and water facing California today. The growth potential of CCLAWS lies within seven major categories:
• Contracted projects including funded contract projects
• Grants such as Federal, State, and Foundation grants
• Consultant and Consultation Coordination of a CPP Expertise Clearinghouse
• Professional Education such as Extended University courses, sponsored post-doctoral fellowships, and eventual Professional Science Masters degrees or equivalents
• Workshops and Certifications such as certification workshops, professional registration exam workshops, professional CEU credit courses, and interest certifications
• Development and Private Support Activities through coordination with University Development and agreements with private donors
• Database Clearinghouse and Community Information Resources such as a GIS database, public website, communication and coordination with outside agencies
• Community Workshops and Education with a focus on public communication, workshops and lecture series, and public access publishing