Stories: 2017 Starts Out Big
February 16, 2017
2017 has started out with a surge of exciting news around the region, from Napa to Santa Cruz.
- On January 12, 2017, the Cotoni-Coast Dairies in Santa Cruz County were designated a National Monument. This was a historic day for Cotoni and Amah Mutsun descendents, and the nation.
Photo by Dan Coyro/Santa Cruz Sentinel
- The Richmond City Council unanimously voted 6-0 to adopt the Richmond Hills Initiative, protecting 430 acres of beautiful hillside land in the El Sobrante Valley of Richmond from development. Here’s a map view, satellite view, and human view of this lovely area.
- Greenbelt Alliance released their 2017 At Risk report, a 5-year update to their 2012 report. It brings to light what the region’s future could hold if we do not stop sprawl, and what we can do today to act.
- Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) celebrates it’s 40th anniversary and the protection of over 75,500 acres.
- Vintner Sattui preserves 40 acres near Skyline park in Napa by donating a conservation easement to the Land Trust of Napa County. Sattui owns other wineries, and in total, has donated five conservation easements totaling nearly 600 acres to the Land Trust.
Watch, Listen, Learn, & Go
- Tune in to NBC Bay Area on Sundays at 6:30pm to watch a new season of Doug McConnell’s Open Road. Here’s a little teaser of this weekend’s episode.
Follow the Russian River to the sea Sunday at 6:30 on @nbcbayarea @sonomaopenspace @BA_OutdoorVoice pic.twitter.com/b2Jousd4NN
— openroadtv (@openroadtv) February 16, 2017
- February marks Black History Month. This story talks about the Buffalo Soldiers role in our parkland’s history, including parts of California.
- Valentine’s Day might be over, but newts around the region are still looking for love. Join the Amphibian Amble on February 18, 2017 to view these amorous amphibs on their quest to find that special someone, while getting outside.
- The OSC’s March Gathering registration is open. Register now to join us on March 16, 2017 for a talk and panel discussion on Marin and San Mateo County visitor survey results, and what they mean for our regional public lands.
Photo by Joe Napoliello/Flickr
- The 2017 Geography of Hope Conference, “Ancestors & The Land: Our Past, Present & Future,” will take place on March 17-19, 2017 in Point Reyes Station. It has become one of northern California’s most exceptional literary gatherings, bringing together leading writers and activists around environmental concerns. Register here.
Other Stories from Around the Region
- After a 20 year decline, monarch butterflies have returned to the Presidio in droves to overwinter.
- New progressive majority votes to put a moratorium on development along Richmond’s Northshore waterfront, in lieu of open space.
- The tree that fell and was heard around the world. The iconic Pioneer Cabin ‘tunnel tree’ in Calaveras Big Trees State Park toppled over during a heavy storm in January.
- The Berkeley-based Golden Gate Audubon Society (GGAS) is marking its 100th anniversary with a traveling exhibit on display at Tilden Park Environmental Education Center through the end of March.
- Native wild bees in natural open spaces are pollinating upwards of 39% of our crops in California and contribute the equivalent of up to $2.4 billion a year to the state’s agricultural economy.
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird Trail Tracker helps monitor what species are showing up on the San Pablo Bay Refuge.
- California moves to keep statewide water conservation rules in place, despite the recent heavy rainfall.
- Comparative aerial shots of 3 California reservoirs, before and after the recent rainstorms.
Congratulations to our Friends
- Congratulations to the San Mateo County Parks Department for being a recipient of a 2017 Sustainability Award from Sustainable San Mateo County. The Department worked with Sustainability REV, who helps governmental agencies, non-profits, and private businesses develop Sustainability Plans.
- Bay Nature Institute has announced its 2017 Local Hero Awards recipients. This year the awards will honor four individuals for their extraordinary work on behalf of the natural world in the San Francisco Bay Area. Register to attend the dinner on March 26 to celebrate their accomplishments.