Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Pajaro Compass an acquisition map or regulatory plan that dictates land use for any public or private entity?

No, it’s a framework to advance the pace and scale of voluntary conservation throughout the Pajaro River watershed.

Is the Pajaro Compass a complete inventory of everything important within the area, or a new data set?

No, it’s an initial assessment that identifies important features on the landscape; including agriculture, biodiversity and habitat connectivity, water resources, recreation and other community values. It reflects the values of current participants and may change over time.

Is the Pajaro Compass a comprehensive solution for natural resource protection?

No, it’s an analysis that illustrates how conservation values may work in concert with one another.

Is the Pajaro Compass a requirement that Compass Network members or other stakeholders engage in projects?

No, it’s a resource to help stakeholders understand common priorities and a communication network that may facilitate collaboration.

Is the Pajaro Compass a closed set of meetings with a rigid agenda?

No, it’s intended to be an ongoing and flexible forum for Compass Network members and other stakeholders to stay in touch, share resources and opportunities.

Is the Pajaro Compass a commitment to work in a particular place or with a given strategy?

No, it’s a way for Compass Network members who care about the Pajaro River watershed to know where other participants are working, and what their strengths are.

Is the Pajaro Compass an effort to subvert private property rights?

No, it’s a statement of support for private property owners and managers that addresses the needs and opportunities for keeping working agricultural lands viable.