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Camp Meeker Beat by Tom Austin

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2019-12-31Dec 31, 2019

Richard Seaman, who singlehandedly started Fire Safe Camp Meeker (FSCM) from nothing, has stepped away from that role. The good news here is that the good work FSCM did under his aegis has acquired its own momentum, with the successful application for a grant to create a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP).LandPaths, our Sonoma County conservation nonprofit heroes, have completed their acquisition of Ocean Song, a 400-acre jewel off Coleman Valley Road.

2019-11-26Nov 26, 2019
2019-10-28Oct 28, 2019

The study of Dutch Bill Creek by biologists and many others (probably too many to list) with respect to the goal of protecting the habitat of the endangered Coho Salmon (and therefore also Steelhead trout and other salmonid species).  This is that column.  I will confess right away, and cheerfully, that I have gotten the bulk of my information from one masterful, comprehensive document: it is entitled “Dutch Bill Creek Streamflow Improvement Plan”.  It can be found on the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) website:

2019-09-28Sep 28, 2019

If you’re like me, you are proud of the defensible space work you’ve done, and humbled by the amount yet to do. Don’t lose momentum! Last month at the regular monthly CMRPD Board meeting, fish biologist Elizabeth Ruiz of the Russian River Salmon and Steelhead Monitoring Program gave a presentation showing the positive effects of this year’s stream augmentation efforts. 

2019-08-26Aug 26, 2019

The national behemoth issuing your home insurance policy have decided to go away from covering you.  That is inconvenient at best and financially crippling at worst for you the homeowner, but you can be assured said insurance company behemoth has run the numbers. It’s what they do; their essential function in fact.  This is one large factor underlying the near-seismic shifts in behavior regarding fire. It turns out that there is a way that might be better AND safer than the garden hose gambit.  This is a system offered by a company called Frontline Wildfire Defense Systems.  Essentially, it is a system of smart sprinklers installed on your home by professionals. These sprinklers, when activated, will cover your home with a biodegradable firefighting foam.

2019-07-29Jul 29, 2019

There used to be a railroad that ran through Camp Meeker.  It was called the North Pacific Coast Rail Road (at least at first), and it ran from Sausalito to Cazadero from 1877 to 1931.  It was built to carry the redwood lumber from the sawmills that dotted the area like mushrooms after the rain. It’s all gone now, but there are still signs of the old railroad, if you look hard enough.

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