25th Year Anniversary Gala!

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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.

THANK YOU

 Our photographer, Patricia Brunelle, has made her photographs available for download online, check them out by clicking HERE!

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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

Community Separators

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

Coastal Access

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

Localized Compost

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

National Voter Registration Day!

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Hello Conservation Action Community!

 

Today we celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a important civic information! First, If you have not registered to vote, and have the capability to do so, we ask that you go to the Secretary of State’s online portal to register today. Now with that out of the way, here are a series of key election dates that we ask everyone to keep in mind. Your vote is important to the future of Sonoma County’s conservation and environmental health, so we want to make sure you have all the information you need.

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Election Timeline

  • September 29th: First day that sample ballots arrive.
  • October 10th: Absentee Ballot voting opens.
  • October 24th: The last day to register to vote. Registration must either be post marked or electronically filed no later than this date.
  • November 1st: The deadline to request an absentee ballot if you are already registered to vote.
  • November 8th: Election Day! If you are not able to return your absentee ballot by mail, you must return your ballot in person at either the Registrar of Voters Office, or any polling place in Sonoma County. This must take place no later than 8 p.m. on election day.
  • November 11th: The last day to receive a VBM ballot in the mail that was post marked no later than November 8th.

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For more information, check out the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters website, or the California Secretary of State’s website.

 

Upoming Event: SCCA River Float with the Russian River Keeper

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Join Conservation Action for a float down the Russian River with Don McEnhill, the Russian Riverkeeper & RiverKeeper Executive Director!

 

Learn about current water and river issues, and how we can do our part to help protect this incredibly valuable resource.

 

Paddle down the beautiful Middle Reach of theRussian River. This remote 6.5 mile journey will take us through an intimate and rarely accessed part of the river; providing the opportunity to see the river’s abundant wildlife in a new light!

 

Key Details!

Date: Thursday, July 21st

Slide Scale Donation: $50-100

RSVP: Email Kerry@conservationaction.org for tickets

Arrival Time: 3:45 pm

Start Time: 4:00 pm (we will leave on time, so don’t be late) 

Meeting Location: Wohler Bridge Parking Lot, Corner of Wohler & Westside Roads, Outside Forestville

 

Click here for more information about the Russian River, and the continuing efforts of the Russian River Keepers to protect it.

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Canoes are provided for you and are sponsored by Russian River Adventures!

8th Annual Russian River Float with Conservation Action and RiverKeeper

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Join Conservation Action for a float down the Russian River with Don McEnhill, the Russian Riverkeeper & RiverKeeper Executive Director!

Learn about current water and river issues, and how we can do our part to help protect this incredibly valuable resource.

Paddle down the beautiful Middle Reach of theRussian River. This remote 6.5 mile journey will take us through an intimate and rarely accessed part of the river; providing the opportunity to see the river’s abundant wildlife in a new light!

 

Key Details!

Date: Thursday, July 21st, 2016

RSVP: Email Kerry@conservationaction.org for tickets

Arrival Time: 3:45 pm

Start Time: 4:00 pm (we will leave on time, so don’t be late) 

Meeting Location: Wohler Bridge Parking Lot, Corner of Wohler & Westside Roads, Outside Forestville

Upcoming Kortum Speaker Series Event

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Sonoma County Has Its Faults: A Rock ‘N’ Roll Story

 

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Join us for Dr. Jane Nielson’s explanation of the origin of our geologic hazards, why we always have to account for their effects, and how best to protect yourself and your family.

Knowledge is power and being informed of the realities of living in Sonoma County is essential, as our communities rapidly grow and expand.

  • Do you know how many faults cross Sonoma County? There are 2 dangerous active faults, and many other fault breaks that could be hazardous…and they’re still finding more
  • Where in the County do you expect the greatest shaking to occur?
  • Do City and County Planners aim to reduce hazards for new developments? Not necessarily…

Dr. Jane Nielson, who holds B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in geochemistry and petrology, and has worked 18 years as a field and research geologist for US Geological Survey, explains Sonoma County’s unique geological history and how it impacts us moving forward.

Thursday March 24th at 6:00pm at the Sebastopol Grange

To buy tickets now, go to  conservationaction.brownpapertickets.com

 

 

Holiday Open House

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Join Conservation Action Board and Staff for a Holiday Open House

redwoods canopyConservation Action’s Board and Staff are opening up our office on Monday, December 21st for an intimate holiday gathering. Here’s a top ten list of why you should attend the Conservation Action Open House:
10. Lite Finger Foods Prepared by SCCA, or Donated by Friends (Feel Free to Bring Something to Share, But No Expectations!)
9. An Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest
8. Eco-Caroling (A little scary to think some of us may break out in song, but tis the season!)
7. Stew and Cider
6. Merry-Making
5. A 50/50 Holiday Raffle
4. Silent Auction
3. Santa might be there
2. Elbow rubbing (it’s a small office!)
1. And the number 1 reason you should go to the Conservation Action Holiday Open House- It’s a party for YOU!
Come out and have a good time with us and get to know Conservation Action’s team of board volunteers and dedicated staff.
Details:
What: Conservation Action Holiday Open House
Where: 540 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
When: 5-7pm
How: By bike, by car, by bus, or by sleigh- join us!
Who: Members, friends and allies of Conservation Action
Why: No-host bar, pot luck appetizers and desserts, Denny’s soup, and of course- the top ten list above!
Please RSVP to Diane Schulz our Office Manager at Diane@conservationaction.org

Current Issues Affecting Sonoma County

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Are you up to date on the latest issues affecting Sonoma County? We delve into the hot topics of the proposed changes to the Local Coastal Plan, the current state of our Community Separator Policy, the most recent negotiations for Petaluma’s SMART station, and our recent actions on the issues in our latest newsletter.

NorCal Climate Mobilization Rally- November 21st!

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Get on the Rally Bus!

Stressing the need for action at the international Climate Change Talks this December in Paris, three North Bay environmental organizations have teamed up to encourage Sonoma County residents to join in a national climate mobilization campaign.

 

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350 Sonoma County, Sonoma County Conservation Action and the Redwood Chapter of the Sierra Club are pooling their resources to provide bus transportation to the NorCal Climate Mobilization march and rally in Oakland November 21.  In addition, 350 Sonoma County is inviting residents to participate in the “Redwood Revolution Community Climate Art Project” which will produce a ”forest” of redwood shaped recycled cardboard signs to deliver messages of hope and action at the Oakland rally.

The Paris Climate talks offer the greatest opportunity in years for new international government action to address climate change.  New Obama Administration climate policies, China’s willingness to begin new climate programs, the incredible moral force of Pope Francis, as well as increasing occurrences of climate disruption set the stage for real action in Paris. Without massive citizen action however, governments will not go nearly as far as necessary in signing serious binding commitments to curb global warming. The November 21 Climate Mobilization and similar events around the country and world will tell our leaders that significant action is needed now.

The three North Bay groups have teamed up to rent buses that will leave from the Federal Building in downtown Santa Rosa and Sonoma State University.  Buses will leave from the Santa Rosa Federal Building at 9am and return at 4pm on Saturday, November 21st.  Roundtrip bus tickets are $20.  In addition, the Sierra Club is sponsoring a special bus for Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University students at a reduced rate of $5. The bus will pick up and return students to the Santa Rosa Federal Building and the SSU campus.

To purchase bus tickets go to:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2414149

*Sonoma County residents can also participate in the Redwood Revolution Community Art Project.

For the project, hundreds of Sonoma County residents are creating redwood trees made out of triangles of recycled cardboard that contain images and messages of climate hope and of what we love and want to protect.  A  moving forest of these trees will be carried at the NorCal Climate Mobilization on November 21.st    On December 12th  the triangles will be assembled into one giant redwood tree to be photographed aerially at a Sonoma County location  This is the day after international climate negotiations conclude in Paris and is an international day of climate action.  The image will be Sonoma County’s message of climate hope to the world. Please visit 350sonomacounty.org  for more information about the Redwood Revolution Community Art Project.

  1. Create a triangle out of cardboard that has a base between 16-26 inches and a height between 9-12 inches
  2. Decorate your triangle with images of what you care about in Sonoma County or the world (animals, trees, plants, open spaces, etc.).  You can use any medium you want: paint, pen, cloth, collage, etc.
  3. Add a message to our leaders.  Ideas:
    1. What do you want leaders to do about climate change?
    2. What are you concerned about?  (you can add images for this as well)
    3. What do you love that needs to be protected?
  4. Drop your triangle off at Sunny Galbraith’s house:  440 High St, Sebastopol.  Placed them in the box by the mail box.
  5. Examples: Redwood panels p1 Redwood panels p2

7th Annual SCCA RIVER FLOAT with the Russian Riverkeeper

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Russian River float launch site, looking downriver.

The 7th Annual SCCA RUSSIAN RIVER FLOAT took place on August 20th, 2015.
 
We paddled  canoes, provided by SOAR, 6.5 miles down the Russian River’s Middle Reach, from below the confluence with Dry Creek to Wohler Bridge. This is an intimate, hard-to-access part of the river, home to abundant birds and wildlife. We saw 2 or 3 Great Blue Herons, many Kingfishers, and violet-green swallows, plus fish in the river. 
This year we also saw fire-fighting tankers circling as they prepared to land at Sonoma County airport.
 
Russian River event 2015It was a beautiful day: the River was low, and fog retreated so the usual upriver breezes dropped, allowing us an easy paddle downriver.
Pausing to enjoy self-provided sack dinners, we heard about invasive species and the impacts of river bank armoring projects from Don McEnhill, the Russian Riverkeeper.  

Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival

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Join Conservation Action Fund for Education when they host the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour at the Sebastopol Grange Hall on Friday, August 7, 2015 starting at 4:30 p.m. With a Free Kids Matinee from 2-3pm, an Environmental Happy Hour with beer, wine, and food truck starting at 4:30, and then an evening film program starting at 6:30, not to mention the generous raffle prizes from local sponsors REI, Whole Foods, and Lagunitas, this event has something for everyone!

Films featured at Wild & Scenic give people a sense of place,” says Tour Manager, Jenna Brager. “In today’s busy world, it is easy to disconnect from our role in the global ecosystem. When we realize that the change we need in this world begins with us, we start making a difference. Come get inspired!”

Kicking off the tour event in Sebastopol is a FREE Kids Matinee from 2-3pm, open to all local youth! The Kids Matinee showcases films about the importance of preserving and protecting the natural world, with films centering on our national parks, youth rock climbing, and the concept of the ecosystem and how, consciously or not, we all play a role in the environment.

The evening film program features a wonderful film about author Joanna Macy and what she calls “The Great Turning”, which she describes as the third major human revolution beyond the agricultural and industrial revolutions. Also featured is “The Little Things”, a beautiful film about professional snowboarders who are committed to making positive changes to the environment. Rounding out the evening film program are several short films about river ecosystems and water conservation.

The festival is a natural extension of Conservation Action’s work to educate and inspire people to act on behalf of the environment. For over 20 years Conservation Action has been bettering Sonoma County through grassroots environmental activism. With goals of preserving, protecting and conserving Sonoma County, we are continuously working towards a more sustainable future.

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