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Armstrong Woods - Do Not Disturb

Armstrong Woods

Do Not Disturb
Water Pipeline Project Alert 

DEADLINE for COMMENTS Extended to May 2

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is known for containing the largest contiguous stand of old growth coast redwoods in Sonoma County.  Sadly, these famous trees are endangered by the very people responsible for protecting them.  The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) plans to install a water pipeline through the entire length of the valley floor.  Unless we respond now, we can anticipate the sights, sounds, and smells of backhoes, excavators, graders, bulldozers, compressors, and dump trucks operating within the sensitive ecosystem.  On March 18, 2014, DPR announced an Environmental Impact Report is being prepared.  To have our concerns addressed during the review, we must respond before April 16, 2014.  

Read: Armstrong Woods - Do Not Disturb - Water Pipeline Project Alert
Gleason Beach eroded cliff, Bodega Bay, CA

Sonoma Coast Gleason Beach Highway One Realignment Project

CalTrans is proposing a solution to serious erosion along Coastal Highway One at Gleason Beach north of Bodega Bay. Homes that were once perched on the cliff edge have plummeted to the rocks below. The highway itself is dangerously close to falling into the sea as well. This has been a hazard for a long time and needs a solution. 

Read: Sonoma Coast Gleason Beach Highway One Realignment Project
City of Cloverdale General Plan Land Use

Urban Growth Boundaries
create Battles in Cloverdale

In 2010, the City of Cloverdale was the final city in Sonoma County to pass an Urban Growth Boundary (UGB). Environmental and smart growth advocates, as well as dedicated local residents spent years educating the public and governmental leaders of Cloverdale about the benefits of a UGB to prevent sprawl, encourage “in-fill” and downtown development, and protect the quality of life for local residents into the future. Unfortunately, when it came time to place the measure before voters, the City Council insisted on including three large land “islands,” referred to as Exception Areas in official planning documents, into the Southern planning area of the UGB. These Exception Areas include an Industrial Area, part of the Raines Creek Water District, and the historic Swiss-Italian Colony of Asti. Voters ultimately passed the measure, setting up a battle sure to come in the future. 

Read: Urban Growth Boundaries create Battles in Cloverdale
Sonoma County Communities:
Bodega "Bodega & Community Bloggette by Sam Euston"
Bodega Bay "Bodega Bay Beat by Joan Poulos"
Camp Meeker "Camp Meeker Beat by Tom Austin"
Cazadero "Cazadero Communications by Natasha Pehrson"
Cloverdale "Cloverdale Comments by Carol Russell"
Cotati "Cotati Heart & Soul Deborah Taylor-French"
Forestville "Forestville - The Good Life by Richard Naegle"
Geyserville "Geyserville Grapevine by Loreon Vigné"
Graton "Grassroots Graton - Heather Granahan"
Guerneville "Guerneville Groove by Beth Rudometkin"
Healdsburg "Healdsburg Highlights by Gina Riner"
Monte Rio "Monte Rio Musings by Dawn Bell"
North Coast "North Coast"
Occidental "Occidental Oriented by Benjamynn Gabriel"
Petaluma-Penngrove "Petaluma-Penngrove Picks by Lyndi Brown"
Rio Nido "Rio Nido Magic by Elena Chronis"
Rohnert Park "Rohnert Park Rumblings by Gina Belforte"
Santa Rosa "Santa Rosa Snippets by Jo Anne Cohn"
Sebastopol "Sebastappeal By Sarah Glade Gurney"
Sonoma "Sonoma Style by Debra Costner"
Sonoma Coast "Sonoma Coast - Bodega Bay - Jenner - Fort Ross - Gualala"
Sonoma County "OUR County, by Supervisor Efren Carrillo"
Sonoma Valley "Springs Splash - Tom Martin"
Windsor "What's Up in Windsor by Bethany Browning"
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SPOTLIGHT on Business:
Sonoma County Bicycle Shops

Sonoma County Bicycle Shops

Where to BUY your Ride
and FIX it

by Vesta Copestakes
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Dear Readers,

The 2014 Sonoma County Gardeners Resource Guide has been REPRINTED and is included in the April editon - my printer recognized that they had problems with consistency, so volunteered to reprint it for free so everyone has a chance to see a quality product. This version is on our regular paper - but otherwise, it's the same, but with better print quality!

The April Gazette is getting on newsstands now and is available for DOWNLOAD and our Flip the Pages versions when you click on the ads on the right of this page. 

April is when we celebrate Earth Day - like Mother’s Day for our Planet…so our theme this month is SMART PLANET - because we have been doing remarkable things to bring our planet back to health - both locally and internationally…smart moves toward sustainability.

We have an impressive selection of articles for you to read - which we are posting now as our delivery crew get the paper on newsstands. Stay in touch!

Thank you everyone who got excited about this month’s theme. As spring thrills us with the bounty of green earth and blue skies, we feel blessed by the beauty of our planet. This is an excellent time to appreciate Mother Earth for all she provides our lives. April is also International Geography Month - a good reminder that we are all on one planet.

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MAY ISSUE - all about Families and Community - distributed April 30 & May 1

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