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Camp Meeker Beat by Tom Austin

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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.

2019-06-30Jun 30, 2019

Welcome to high summer!  You are probably gearing up for July 4th, in whatever form or fashion you choose to celebrate it.    Even if you’re not happy with the direction the country is heading (and many clearly are not), try to take the long view and celebrate what is great about this country.   I won’t be so pompous as to tell you what that is.   We all have our different answers.     Seek and ye shall find. 

2019-05-27May 27, 2019

Fire Safe Camp Meeker (FSCM) is now bona fide: FSCM has partnered with the Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District (GCRCD) and Fire Safe Sonoma (FSS) in the writing of grant proposal to Cal Fire for the creation of a Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP). The good news here is that the grant has been funded. 

2019-04-26Apr 26, 2019

It’s warming up and the forest is shaking off the early spring damp.  When that gradual drying process reaches fruition, right around the time the grape vines do the same, it will be fire season. While we all hope for a respite from the horrors of the last couple such, this is the time to follow Nana’s advice and expect the worst while hoping for the best. The good news is that you can do quite a bit more than wring your hands and worry.  You can put those hands to work constructively, by hardening your home.  That’s a very warlike term, hardening, and I don’t know that I like it all that much.  How about “preparing” instead?  

2019-03-29Mar 29, 2019

It turns out that I am rather late to the party when it comes to mountain lion knowledge.  It turns out there is a bona fide world-class large cat expert studying mountain lions here in Sonoma and Napa counties.   I’m talking about Dr. Quinton Martins, founder of Living With Lions, has been tracking mountain lion activity in the wine country since July of 2016.  Previously, he co-founded the Cape Leopard Trust in South Africa as part of a twenty year career in researching leopards and other big cats. There as here, Dr. Martins’ work involves humanely trapping, tagging (with GPS collar) and releasing these large apex predators back into the wild. Since 2016, fifteen mountain lions have been tracked in Napa and Sonoma Counties. You can catch Dr. Martin on April 11, 7-8:30 pm at the Laguna Environmental Center’s Heron Hall.

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