Use our environmental assets to strengthen our economy.
The Coastside struggles to effectively manage its environmental assets as a driver for economic growth and as responsible stewards.
- Multi-agency, uncoordinated governance.
- Lack of signage between natural areas and commerce.
- Lack of investment into local economy; funding.
- Businesses with limited awareness of natural assets.
- Businesses not fully tapping into tourist market.
- Commerce restricted in natural areas.
- Public land management issues.
The future of agricultural operations on the Coastside is in jeopardy.
- Challenging to do land-based work.
- Farm labor housing shortages.
- Climate change.
- Taxation and zoning.
- Maintenance challenges.
- Competition for local farms.
- Technology and automation natural areas.
- General lack of support.
- Establish a coordinated network of organizations to steward Coastside lands more effectively for economic, environmental, and climate-related benefits.
- Identify and advocate for changes to laws, policies, and regulations to make farming more economically viable.
- Establish and strengthen collaboration, training, and support for the farming community (across generations and farming styles).
- Build on the work of As Fresh as It Gets campaign to promote Coastside farms and farm products.
Research & Implementation
The Coastside Recovery Initiative is actively researching and seeking solutions to implement the recommendations.