Improving our quality of life and protecting the natural beauty of Sonoma County for all generations.
Through education and grassroots organizing, Conservation Action engages with the public on environmental issues and policies that affect Sonoma County, influencing the way our area will be shaped for years to come.
Fighting the Good Fight
For more than 25 years, those of us who love the place we live, work, and play have been mobilizing and giving voice to our environmentally concerned residents by:
We exist to mobilize and give voice to all of our environmentally concerned residents, encouraging action that will be seen and felt in our communities for years to come. You can help keep our organization one of the most politically effective groups in the area by donating or volunteering today. Please view our successes, volunteer opportunities, and Political Action Committee pages to learn more about how you can become an environmental steward for Sonoma County!
25th Year Anniversary Gala!
Sonoma County Conservation Action is turning 25 this year! To celebrate a quarter of a century of fighting for Sonoma County’s environmental heritage, we celebrated on June 18th with our members and amazing community, we awarded our Environmental Leaders Jared Huffman, US Congress 2nd District, Ted Eliot, former US Ambassador, and Cea Higgins of Surfrider Foundation.
We are incredibly thankful for our sponsors, members, supporters and friends. You make this possible.
Our photographer, Patricia Brunelle, has made her photographs available for download online, check them out by clicking HERE!
Thank you to our Gala Sponsors!
25 More Years!
SSCA Board President Neal Fishman & Maxene Spellman, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 551, Jackson Family Winery, Service Empoloyees Unternational Union Local 1021, Rick Theis & Carolyn Johnson
Guy Conner, US Congressman Jared Huffman, Robert Jacob, SCCA Board Member Jane Nielson & Howard Wilshire, Warren Watkins & SCCA Board Member Janis Watkins, Assemblymember Jim Wood
SMART Transit Equity
SCCA Board Chair Michael Allen, Marc & Jeannie Khan, Eleanor Kneibler, North Bay Labor Council AFL-CIO, North Bay Organizing Project, David Schonbrunn
Jack Tibbett, Lucy Kortum, Barbara & Jake MacKenzie Rohnert Park City Council member, State Senator Mike McGuire, Petaluma Tomorrow, SCCA Board Member Anne Seeley & Brien Seeley, Sonoma County Water Coalition, James Winston
Chris Rogers, Marea Canizzaro, Alan Siegle, Beth Martinez, Daniel Gurney, David Grabill & Dorthy Battenfeld, SRJC Trustee, Sebastopol City Mayor Sarah Glad Gurney & Daniel Gurney, SCCA Board Member Edward Sheffield & Beth Dadko, Greenbelt Alliance, Hank Flum, Kenneth Wells, L Willard Richards, Margaret Fishman, Margaret Spaulding, Matthew & LaRee Maguire, Sara Sharp Goldstein, Beth & Hugo Martinez, L. Willard & Nancy Richards, SOAR Inflatables, Sonia Taylor, Sonoma County Water Coalition, Veronica Jacobi, Russian Riverkeeper, Julie Combs Santa Rosa City Council, Chris Coursey, Margaret Spaulding, Kenneth Wells
Thursday, July 21st, @ 4pm
SCCA River Float with the Russian river Keeper
Join Conservation Action for a 6.5 mile paddle journey down the Russian River! Where we will learn about water and river issues from Russian Riverkeeper Don McEnhill.
Click here for full event details!
We Are Hiring
Sonoma County Conservation Action is looking for an Office Manager, Canvassers, Field Managers, and Interns. Please click here for more information about our Office Manager and canvassing positions as well as how to apply.
In the News
In 2013, Sonoma County denied State Parks’ coastal permit application requesting the installation of pay stations that would charge a fee to park at several Bodega Bay and other Sonoma Coast beaches. Many of these publicly-accessible and free beaches are enjoyed by locals and visitors alike, and nearly everyone surveyed voices strong disapproval for “iron rangers,” or automated machines to collect payment, many of which take only cash. The message was clear then, as it is now: Sonoma County wants to keep our beaches free.
The State Parks Department has appealed the 2013 decision and wants to now charge $8.00 for anyone to park at key coastal state parks. On Wednesday afternoon, April 13th, the Coastal Commission will meet in Santa Rosa to decide this issue. We need your support to remind the Commission that coast belongs to all Californians, regardless of income.
When: Wednesday April 13th at 1:00pm
Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium
1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa
Community Separator Greenbelts
The County of Sonoma is seeking public input and support for renewing and implementing community separators through a ballot measure and General Plan amendment this year – 2016!
Come and mark the maps showing what farm and open space lands should be prioritized such as unprotected priority greenbelts and natural lands around Sonoma Developmental Center or Penngrove.
Need some ideas of what to say? Download Talking Points HERE.
Upcoming Public Workshops
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 – Kenwood4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Kenwood Fire Department Location is accessible
9045 Highway 12, Kenwood, CA 95452
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – Cloverdale
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Veterans Memorial Building
205 West 1st Street, Cloverdale, CA 95425
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 – Petaluma
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Petaluma Community Center
320 North McDowell Boulevard, Petaluma, CA 94954
Pro-development Coastal Commission appointees maneuver to terminate Dr. Charles Lester, undermining the power behind what has become a model for other states working to preserve natural beauty. There will be a public hearing in Morro Bay on February 10th.
Please sign this MoveOn petition to express concern about the damage this could have on protecting our California coastline and preserving public access.
Please share this information with your friends and family using social media, to help build public awareness. And remember to include the hashtag #SaveOurCoast
How You Can Attend the Hearing in Person
- By Bus: The West Marin Environmental Action Committee is organizing buses and overnight accommodations to depart for Morro Bay the Tuesday before the Wednesday 10th hearing. Sign up on their website to secure a spot while there is still room.
- Carpool: ActCoastal will re-imburse up to $75 in gas expenses-per car- for people who carpool down to the hearing. They are also providing a limited number of shared accommodations for people who depart the day before. Sign up on their website while there is still room.
For more information about the hearing, and how you can get there, please go to the main page of the ActCoastal Campaign website.
We are excited to bring Sean Bothwell, Policy Director at the California Coastkeeper, to the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa on January 28th at 11:30 am. He will be discussing ag issues and stormwater pollution affecting CA and Sonoma County.
On the eve of the big U.N. Summit in Paris, the Climate Movement is taking to the streets. We need to stand up for the earth and make our voices heard. We are sending buses from Sonoma County to Oakland for the Climate March on November 21. Be a part of this global grassroots action and reserve your bus seat today.
Are you familiar with the Trans-Pacific Partnership? It’s a trade agreement between multiple countries that seeks to lower trade barriers and protect the interests of multinational corporations, often at the expense of consumers, the environment, and local workers.
Here at Conservation Action, we’ve been long-dedicated to fighting for the preservation of open space and community separators. Protecting Sonoma County land isn’t only about preserving its natural beauty for future generations – it’s also about maintaining the charm of our cities, protecting our rural heritage, and standing strong for the interests of our citizens.