The long-term goals and specific habitat restoration strategies that guide the WRP's efforts


The WRP Regional Strategy articulates long-term goals and specific implementation strategies to guide the efforts of the WRP and its partners. Building on a decade of new research data and tools, and a growing momentum to address climate change and to protect and restore resilient and dynamic ecosystems, the WRP has embarked on a process to update the Regional Strategy, which will be completed in early 2017.

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The updated Regional Strategy will be a scientifically-based management framework developed through a collaborative approach.  It will contain quantifiable recovery objectives developed by synthesizing data on past, present and future conditions.  The updated Regional Strategy will also contain a decision support tool to aid in prioritizing preservation and restoration activities, which will assist the WRP in developing the Work Plan.

This effort is funded by a U.S. EPA Wetland Program Development Grant. The WRP is also receiving funding from the USFWS Landscape Conservation Cooperative program to address climate change-associated vulnerabilities of wetland ecosystems.


Current Regional Strategy

The WRP’s Board of Governors adopted the original Regional Strategy in November 2001.

Original Regional Strategy

  Original WRP Regional Strategy 

The Regional Strategy was developed through a multi-year planning process involving all the WRP partners, including the Science Advisory Panel and County Task Forces. As such, the Strategy articulates a shared vision that each partner – at the federal, state, and local level – can turn to for guidance in how to manage staff effort, direct resources, and measure progress. Success depends not only on a few agencies being actively engaged, but on each and every partner, at all levels, seeking to enhance the overall program with the particular resources that they wield.

Click the links below to read the Regional Strategy in sections:

Executive Summary


A. Coastal Southern California and it’s Wetlands

B. The Wetlands Recovery Project

C. Regional Recovery Strategy

Southern California Wetlands

A. Regional Setting

B. Decline of Southern California Wetlands

Regional Goals

A. Statement of Need

B. Key Strategies

County Objectives

A. Summary of Existing Conditions

B. County Objectives

Implementation Plan

Appendix A– Summary of Conditions in Coastal Watersheds

Appendix B– Wetlands Conservation and Planning in Southern California