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Mission and Goals

Conservation & Preservation: Water scarcity is one of the largest threats to global food security. Watersheds are vital components in providing available potable water across the world and CCR is proactive in protecting these valuable water systems.

Monitoring & Research: From watershed headwaters to the deep sea, benthic communities provide some of the best indicators of the health of aquatic ecosystems. CC&R is developing baseline descriptions on natural large scale and long-term variations in benthic ecosystems to further this understanding.

Environmental Planning: Through environmental planning, CC&R seeks to improve and protect the environmental quality for both the land and its inhabitants. CC&R carefully researches its projects, works responsibly, and is committed to producing the most desirable environmental improvements.

Restoration: Restoring endangered habitats and blighted lands helps to preserve our natural heritage and protect the sources of our water. CC&R rehabilitates threatened habitats along the central California coast and other locations back to a healthy, functioning state. Implementation of restoration is a high priority for CC&R.

Public Education: CC&R encourages the participation of the public through its outreach projects and has developed a successful seed planting program, with local school children grades K-12 and with other volunteers.

Sustainable Economic Development: CC&R recognizes the importance of sustainable economic development and believes that by promoting formal education in the environmental sciences, societies can achieve economic growth while at the same time safeguarding the environment. There is a great need for role models and opportunity for young people, particularly in rural areas within the developing world where access to education is limited. In fact, the vast majority of the world's population has never attained an education beyond primary school. CC&R has created a scholarship fund to make formal education a possibility for more young people and to create future conservation leaders worldwide.

Since 2004, CC&R has administered an annual scholarship program. Awards may be made to students who demonstrate exceptional promise of succeeding in conservation sciences who would not otherwise be able to attend school. These awards, which can amount to as much as $2500, are based on merit, potential and economic need. To learn more about the student scholarship program, or to establish your own scholarship fund, please contact CC&R.

2004/05 Scholarship Recipient: Tafadwa Tsikai -- Zimbabwe. CC&R awarded its first scholarship to Tafadwa Tsikai from Zimbabwe in 2004. This award of $2500 will help defray the cost of Tafadwa's college tuition and fees. Tafadwa is interested in studying ecology and ecosystem recovery and one day hopes to aid in the rebuilding efforts of his wartorn country. In particular, he is interested in coastal watershed restoration.

2012/13 Scholarship Recipients: Clint Collins, Mark Helfenberger, Christine Mann, Vigneshwaran Soundarajan, and Dorota Szuta -- Moss Landing Marine Laboratories graduate students. CC&R awarded tuition scholarships to these five students. Their thesis projects range from studying the effect of iceberg scour on benthic communities in Antarctica to examining the relationship between climate change, the Pacific decadal oscillation, and benthic infauna on California's central coast.

Historic Preservation: CC&R recognizes the importance of natural heritage and seeks to identify historic buildings and landscapes. CC&R supports historic building restoration, recognizing that knowledge of historical land use helps to guide the future. CC&R keeps a regional photographic record of historical land uses.

Looking Ahead

The low quality and quantity of freshwater is the most significant environmental problem in our region. CC&R will implement programs over the next 100 years towards the restoration of natural water systems and support of coastal watershed and oceanographic research.