Ways to Take Action
June 11, 2017
“If you could think it up, you could make it happen.”
In her opening remarks at the 2017 Open Space Conference, Deb Callahan, Executive Director of the Bay Area Open Space Council, quoted these words from Russell Train, the second Administrator of the federal Environmental Protection Agency and dedicated conservationist.
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For EPA Administrator Train, the thoughts he put into action led to policies that were landmarks in the development of the environmental movement, such as the creation of the Clean Air, Clean Water, Endangered Species, and Marine Sanctuary Acts, and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency. What if each of us took a moment to think it up and make it happen in our own contexts? For example, what if we shared that the US outdoor recreation industry generates $887 billion in consumer spending with their elected officials? Or submitted comments to the Interior Department about the National Monuments under review? What if the sum of our individual actions rippled out into lasting impacts that got us where we wanted to go together and as a region?
If we take collective action together, we CAN make it happen.
To this end, below we’ve listed easy ways for you to take action based on the Conference speakers’ ideas and presentations. You’ll find links to learn more about and engage with their work, support initiatives, and reference material that can fuel your own efforts. For speaker contact information, please email Sarah Noel Ross at [email protected].
To view all of the speakers (some of whom are not listed here) and their presentations, click here to go to the 2017 Open Space Conference page.
This is just to get you started. If you have additional resources and actions related to the 2017 Open Space Conference that you would like to share, tweet them with #2017osc and we will share them.
Here are the ways to take action:
Outdoor Access for All
Rebecca Bear, Director of Education and Local Community Development at REI
- Put the numbers from the Outdoor Recreation Economy report into action when advocating for your work. For example, the US outdoor recreation economy generates $887 billion in consumer spending and 7.6 million jobs each year.
Accelerating Nature-based Solutions to Secure a Healthy Future
Ellie Cohen, Executive Director, Point Blue Conservation Science
- Subscribe to Point Blue’s blog to read about ecology, climate change and related news.
- Dig into the references in Ellie Cohen’s presentation.
Awesome Nature Heals: Outdoors Experience, Awe, and Mental Health
Craig L. Anderson, Ph.D., Great Outdoors Lab, UC Berkeley
- Attend the Great Outdoors Lab’s third annual conference in SF to learn more about using time outdoors as a public health solution.
- Check out links to Dr. Anderson’s work. Watch his talk on How Scientists Measure Awe in the Wild.
- Stay tuned or contact him about his upcoming paper with the findings he shared at the conference.
From Big Risks to Big Rewards: A Year in Review
Panel discussion on risk-taking’s role in land conservation success stories
Sara Barth, Executive Director, Sempervirens Fund
Chairman Reno Franklin, Kashia Band of Pomo Indians
Brendan Moriarty, Project Manager, Trust for Public Land
Doug McConnell, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, OpenRoad
- Submit your comments to the Interior Department for National Monuments under review by .
- Check out suggestions on what to say and view the full list of monuments under review, including the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in Napa.
- Watch The Kashia Return To The Coast, a story from the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians perspective:
- Learn more about the incredible places around us by tuning into OpenRoad on NBC Bay Area.
The Power of Story: Restoring our Connection to Nature
David Loeb, Executive Director & Publisher, Bay Nature
- Check out Bay Nature and subscribe to the magazine. Sign up for Connections, Bay Nature’s bi-weekly newsletter for the latest local nature news, guided hikes, and events around the Bay Area.
- Read Greg Sarris’s essay referenced in David Loeb’s talk.
1. Conservation Partnerships: Combining Complementary Strengths to Achieve More
Chris Coburn, Executive Director, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County
Janet Klein, Natural Resource Program Manager, Marin Municipal Water District
Lisa Micheli, President and CEO, Pepperwood Preserve
Sara Press, Land Acquisition Associate, Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District
Abigail Ramsden, Conservation Planning Project Director, The Nature Conservancy
Monica Stafford, Community Ambassador Program Director, One Tam & Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Suzanne Whelan, Watershed Volunteer Coordinator, Marin Municipal Water District
Kevin Wright, Government and External Affairs Coordinator, Marin County Parks
- Read more about the three partnerships represented on the panel:
- Sonoma County Venture Conservation Partnership
- Tamalpais Lands Collaborative
- Pajaro Compass. Learn about how to use its tools and resources here. Contact Abigail Ramsden for more information.
- Read Brian O’Neill’s 21 Partnership Success Factors that Kevin had referenced.
2. Communications: Building a Bridge Between Message Research and Delivery
Deb Callahan, Executive Director, Bay Area Open Space Council
Liz Deering, Communications Director, Conservation Minnesota
Dave Metz, Partner, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3)
Robin Pressman, Consultant, Robin Pressman Consulting
- Explore the interconnected interest area wheel from Liz Deering’s talk to see where conservation issues overlap. Contact Liz Deering to learn more about acquisition surveys and research methods used by Conservation Minnesota.
- Check out Robin Pressman’s consulting work . Contact her at [email protected].
3. Women in Outdoor Leadership
Rebecca Bear, Director of Education and Local Community Development, REI
Alyson Chun, Senior Instructor, REI Outdoor School
Janet McBride, Executive Director, Bay Area Ridge Trail Council
Aniko Millan, Supervising Park Ranger, Santa Clara County Parks
- Explore the study behind REI’s Force of Nature campaign on women in the outdoors.
- Learn about how “Force of Nature” is supporting gender equity in the outdoors. Participate in classes near you and read about women’s personal experiences, such as Betty Reid Soskin’s.
4. Economic Reports on the Value of Land
Mary Creasman, California Director of Government Affairs, The Trust for Public Land
Robert Doyle, General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District
Carol Johnson, Assistant General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District
Patrick Kallerman, Research Manager, Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Andrea Mackenzie, General Manager, Open Space Authority of Santa Clara Valley
- Reference the information from the following reports that were discussed during the panel:
- East Bay Regional Park District’s Quantifying our Quality of Life Economic Value & Impact study. The accompanying videos are full of compelling information.
- SC3’s Healthy Lands & Healthy Economies: Nature’s Value in Santa Clara County.
- The Trust for Public Land’s Economic Benefits of San Francisco’s Park and Recreation System.
- The Trust for Public Land’s Economic Benefits of the Park and Recreation System in San Jose, California and Economic Benefit Fact Sheet.
Climate Resilient Landscapes Panel
Matt Gerhart, Program Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy Program, California Coastal Conservancy
Robin Grossinger, Program Director and Senior Scientist, San Francisco Estuary Institute & The Aquatic Science Center
Nicole Heller, Director of Conservation Science, Peninsula Open Space Trust
Tom Robinson, Director of Conservation, Science, and Innovation, Bay Area Open Space Council
- Review and comment on the Safeguarding California Plan: 2017 Update draft.
- Send public comments to the Natural Resources Agency via mail or email by June 23, 2017 to [email protected].
- Here are relevant links to topics that were mentioned and that SFEI refers to:
- Learn about SFEI’s Resilient Silicon Valley project.
Take a moment to consider what thinking it up and making it happen means to you in your own context, and then put your ideas into action.
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