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2018-09-14Sep 14, 2018

What if I told you last year there were 2,412,151 cigarette butts or 1,739743 food wrappers all collected from beach cleanups. Shocking, right? Well here’s one more: enough balloons were collected to lift a great white shark according to Ocean Conservancy in 2017. All that trash would still be on the beaches if people like you didn’t help. This year International Coastal Cleanup is Saturday, September 15, 2018. There are cleanups taking place all over the world; many in Sonoma County. So, choose your beach or river and come out and make a difference. Let’s try and get all the trash out before the rains come. If you cannot make the September 15th cleanup there are other ongoing/monthly events throughout the county.

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

I love September! For me I can just feel that change is around the corner. We start to think about the many fall time events and slow down a little.

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

As the tilted Earth orbits the sun, there are times when the top half (northern hemisphere) is leaning toward the sun and receiving more daylight than night (summer) and times when it’s leaning away from the sun and receiving more night than daylight (winter). In between these two extremes, there are times when neither hemisphere is leaning toward nor away from the sun, and both hemispheres receive equal amounts of day and night. On September 22nd at 6:40 pm, Earth will be in this position and Fall will officially begin as we experience what’s known as the Autumnal Equinox. Equinox is a Latin word, roughly translated to mean “Equal Night” meaning, equal amounts of night. 

 

2018-08-07Aug 7, 2018

Scintillating rhythm spreads across vineyards and historic ruins in Jack London State Historic Park with Transcendence Theatre’s Broadway spectacular ‘Shall We Dance’ which lives up to its name with flashy choreography by Marc Kimelman.

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

Summer is slipping by soooo fast, as it always does. I hope you are all enjoying each and every day finding time to just laze around. Creating summertime fun, tending to the house, the garden, packing for trips, visits from family and friends, concerts, beach time, art shows, river time, summer camps, festivals that are favorites – how does one fit it all in and also relax!!

2018-08-02Aug 2, 2018

Algae bloom in the lower reaches of the Russian River has been showing itself in alarming abundance this summer. Areas where in the past algae would typically line the shoreline gravel beaches, have seen the bloom cover the entire river surface from shore to shore. The areas above Bridgehaven up to Sheephouse Creek were especially bad.

 

2018-08-01Aug 1, 2018

With great weather heading into fall, it’s the perfect time to get out on your bike. Living here in Sonoma County we are blessed with many different choices. Depending on your mood you can pick from rolling vineyards, steep climbs or twisty coastal roads. One thing I also take into consideration is the location of the ride.

2018-07-17Jul 17, 2018

Sonoma County Regional Parks has recruited some assistance for fire prevention and invasive species removal: sheep. A flock of sheep will spend the next five weeks grazing along the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail near Sebastopol, removing dry vegetation and non-native plant species.

2018-07-10Jul 10, 2018

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to consider placing on the Nov. 6 ballot a one-eighth-cent sales tax for regional and local park improvements. If approved by voters, the sales tax would support the county and cities with their long-term needs to maintain parks, protect natural resources, reduce wildfire risks, provide health and recreation programs, and open new parks and trails.

2018-07-01Jul 1, 2018

Staying local is hardly a drag when you’re minutes away from the Sonoma Coast, the Russian River and the Sonoma Valley. If summer finds you with no plans to jet off someplace new, no worries: Here are Regional Parks’ suggestions for finding adventure in your own backyard.

2018-06-29Jun 29, 2018

Whether you live here on the coast or you are a regular visitor you know the month of July brings the blessed fog onshore and cools us down. The gentle lines of the fog belt come and go, meander up and down the coast lingering with the most refreshing feeling you can imagine, especially when you come down the off the hot hills of the coast.

2018-09-06Sep 6, 2018

The Wildlands Conservancy’s Gateway to the Jenner Headlands Preserve is now open to everyone who wants to experience exceptional views of our stunning coast. We now have the opportunity to explore the trails of this spectacular 5,630-acre nature preserve any time — and to climb to the top of the highest peak along the coast on Sonoma Land Trust’s Pole Mountain Preserve.

2018-06-28Jun 28, 2018

It’s butterfly and dragonfly season and they are plentiful this year. Is it because of the wet winter providing more food sources? Discover where and what is flying around, and learn more about the lake habitats and connections to nature around water.

2018-06-27Jun 27, 2018

The world over, we use many different words to describe long distance walking. It’s an age-old tradition that roots all the way back to our ancient ancestors, who trekked across the land as a way of life, a simple exercise in survival.

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

We all like to go to the beach on a hot summer’s day. We also associate a day at the beach with the presence of “seagulls.” When I was a child growing up in Ohio my family would occasionally go to Lake Erie in the summer. I always felt like I was in a really exotic place because I was surrounded by ‘seagulls.”

2018-06-25Jun 25, 2018

FIRE TRUCK ACCESS During emergencies fire trucksmust have clear access to fires. Parked cars that obstruct access can be ticketed or removed. We are having serious problems in neighborhoods close to the Russian River with cars blocking access while visiting beaches. Any obstructions can delay or even prevent adequate emergency operations. The delay could cost someone’s life.

2018-06-01Jun 1, 2018

BioBlitzes bring people together to document biodiversity in one place at one time, recording observations of plants and animals using smartphones or digital cameras and uploading results to the biodiversity recording and social networking platform iNaturalist (www.inaturalist.org). These events connect people of all backgrounds to the outdoors, inspire everyone to protect biodiversity, and at the same time generate invaluable data.

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

Comprehensive listing of Sonoma County 4th of July Celebrations for 2018

2018-05-31May 31, 2018

Deeply rooted in our minds and hearts is the comfort of a bonfire. It brings out all what came before us and creates thoughts and visions of what lies ahead. I for one can gaze into a campfire for hours. Camping and sitting around the warmth of that campfire with friends and/or family ties us together. To share stories. To tell ‘Tall Tales”. To sing. To create your own fire dance.

2018-05-30May 30, 2018

In the summer of 2016 I planned an over-the-top bicycle camping trip for my family. I had arranged for a friend to transport the three of us, Renee my wife, Trinity my then 9-year-old, myself, and all our gear to Santa Cruz. We had planned to ride down Highway 1 hugging the coast through Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur, San Simeon, and finish in San Luis Obispo.

2018-05-21May 21, 2018

The Sonoma County Water Agency (Water Agency) began inflating its rubber dam on the Russian River near Forestville on Monday, May 21. The rubber dam is a critical component of the Russian River water supply system that provides naturally filtered drinking water to more than 600,000 residents in portions of Sonoma and Marin counties.  The rubber dam will remain inflated through summer and into the fall. 

 

2018-05-03May 3, 2018

Are you enjoying our spring? Don’t you love the surprise weather we have each day; maybe rain and the next day sun, a day of warmth taking off the jacket, putting the jacket on, bringing the umbrella out, putting it away, building a fire, or closing the wood room down.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

The California Towhee is an unassuming bird. It scurries around the ground in suburban neighborhoods inconspicuously, scratching for seeds and insects. It is often described as plain brown and drab, especially when compared to the more ornate Spotted Towhee. However, the California Towhee has some subtleties that are often overlooked. For instance, it has cinnamon-colored feathers under the tail. It also dons a charmingly understated matching necklace.

2018-05-02May 2, 2018

Swainson’s Thrushes singing this season...

2018-04-25Apr 25, 2018

Senator Mike McGuire’s bill that will create the Great Redwood Trail from the San Francisco Bay to the Humboldt Bay is one step closer to reality this week after it was approved with a unanimous, bipartisan 12-0 vote in the Senate Transportation and Housing committee, and is now one step closer to reality today after it was approved with a unanimous, bipartisan 9-0 vote in the Senate Natural Resources and Water committee.

2018-04-14Apr 14, 2018

Matching Grant Applications Accepted through June 6!
We are pleased to report that considerable interest has been shown in our Matching Grant Program this funding cycle. To allow more time for interested public agencies and nonprofits to apply, we are extending the application deadline from April 30 to Wednesday, June 6, at 5pm. This year, funding through the program can help support recovery efforts in fire-impacted communities through the restoration of habitats, acquisition and development of land for community open space, and other projects. Eligible projects that aid in rebuilding and recovery efforts in affected communities may be given preference. The Matching Grant Program budget for the 2018 cycle is $4 million. 

2018-03-31Mar 31, 2018

I feel that I must say something to make everyone aware of the Dangerous situation that exists along the Hwy 1. corridor through the Timber Cove Subdivision: PG&E Lines, Dead Pines & Tan Oaks. 

 

2018-03-31Mar 31, 2018

Breaking News: Iconic Berry’s Saw Mill and property in Cazadero are for sale. The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District should take note, as this historic property is just over the hill from the Jenner Headlands Preserve and would complement the Preserve/Pole Mountain acquisitions in so many ways.

 

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

It’s been a sheep solution: Carefully controlled grazing has eliminated many of the non-native, invasive plants that were choking out flowers and native grasses. Not only that, the sheep have created a significant fire break because the same invasive plants that choke out wildflowers are fast-burning fuel for wildfires.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

The Sonoma County Office of Resilience and Recovery's five year Fire Recovery Plan and the Sonoma County General Plan Update will prioritize land-use altercations and other policies with the goal of reducing fire risk, improving emergency preparedness, and making our communities and lands more resilient, healthy and climate-smart.

2018-08-31Aug 31, 2018

We all know that fire is one of the oldest and most powerful tools that humans have but what we often forget is that most of the landscapes we know and love have also been shaped by fire, and in many cases, by fires that humans have started.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

The Spring Lake Water Bark, a leash-free day for dogs to swim and romp on the sand, kicks off at the Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon onSaturday, September 8. Water Bark days will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on September 8-9, 16, 22-23 and 29-30. No Water Bark will be held on Saturday, September 15 because Spring Lake will be busy with a cross country meet that day.

2018-08-30Aug 30, 2018

In the last publication, I asked for readers to send me their suggestions, concerns or questions regarding the expanding homeless population in Graton. I received a lot of feedback. Some from e-mails, some calls and then some just passing conversations on the street.

2018-08-28Aug 28, 2018

As a result of last year’s Putnam Challenge Grant, nearly $200,000 has been allocated to improvements in this beloved Petaluma parkHelen Putnam Park visitors will notice improved trail access, a rock retaining wall overlook above the pond, and new picnic tables. Over the next 12 to 24 months, expect more trail work, habitat restoration, enhanced directional and interpretive signage and an upgrade of accessible parking and pathways to restrooms.

 

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