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Gold Coast - Sonoma County Sonoma Coast Beach Access Concerns
March 2, 2016
We are blessed to have the opportunities to observe these wonders of Nature, right here in our home county. And equally blessed for not having to ‘feed the meter’ for the privilege. Thanks to local volunteers and organizations such as the Stewards of The Coast and Redwoods (Stewards), the newly rebuilt/refurbished boat launch ramp area, visitor center and public bathrooms on the River at Jenner are Open! Free! No Charge! 
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Sonoma County Coast at Jenner by Tom Rissacher Bodega Bay Coast Trail UPDATE
July 3, 2013
by Vesta Copestakes

This was one of the more peaceful meetings I attended in June! It’s an update of what WILL happen and what is planned for the future.

The can’t happen yet aspect of the update is a sad case of funding that WAS available, but because the process took so long to approve, the money went away.  On the bright side – if you really don't want something to happen – stall it long enough and it will go away. On the dark side…if you really want something to happen, you'd better be part of making sure it DOES happen, or it will go away and could take a VERY long time before it comes back – if ever.  Just a thought.

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Sonoma County Bird watching & Hike MAP Sonoma County Bird Watching, Bike Rides and Hikes - Part 2
July 1, 2015
Wildlife abounds in Sonoma County during all seasons and include seals, sea lions and the occasional elephant seal and the twice-annual flotilla of Humpbacks. There are bobcats, skunk, otter, raccoon, fox, muskrat, deer, coyote and lions. Also voles, opossum, mice, rats and a raft of amphibians, lizards and fish. The black bear has made a tremendous comeback as well with estimates of more than 30,000 in Northern California alone.
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Viola adunca; Blue Violet Fort Ross State Park Viola Adunca Treasure Hunt!
March 24, 2017
Join us on March 30th for a botanical treasure hunt! We are looking for volunteers to help us with natural resource surveys at Salt Point and Fort Ross State Parks. Tour our state parks’ coastal bluffs in search of the Western Dog Violet (Viola Adunca) and upload your findings using the “Calflora” app on your smartphone. 
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NATURE - Hikes - Talks - Stewardship NATURE - Hikes - Talks - Stewardship- Sonoma County CALENDAR
March 1, 2017
by Vesta Copestakes
Fresh air - excercise - the pleasure of being alone or with a group...Sonoma County  makes communing with nature easy.Enjoy! Pleae send your nature events to vesta@sonic.net
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Improving Policies Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District Launches Vital Lands Initiative Open Space Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District Launches Vital Lands Initiative
March 1, 2017
In 1990, through the foresight of community leaders and thoughtful citizens, Sonoma County voters approved the creation of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and a quarter-cent sales tax that provides funding for land conservation, including planning, acquisition, and stewardship of the region’s working, natural, and scenic open space lands. 
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New Spring Activities Guide for Sonoma County Parks New Spring Activities Guide for Sonoma County Parks
March 1, 2017
The City of Santa Rosa Recreation & Parks Department is hiring over 300 seasonal employees for spring and summer jobs. Job positions are available in several areas of the Department including aquatics, sports, neighborhood services, customer service, park maintenance, Howarth Park concessions and summer camps.
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The Best Defense Against Ticks and Lyme Disease is YOU! The Best Defense Against Ticks & Tick-Borne Diseases is You!
March 1, 2017
According to the Centers for Disease Control, Lyme disease is the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States. The tick responsible for transmitting the bacterium that causes Lyme disease is the black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus). This tick is prevalent in Marin and Sonoma counties and officials at the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District are urging the public to take personal protection measures when participating in outdoor activities.
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Soleful Hiking – A Beginner’s Guide to Mindful Hiking Soleful Hiking – A Beginner’s Guide to Mindful Hiking
February 1, 2017

With dozens of parks and hundreds of miles of trails, the North Bay is a treasure trove for the hiking enthusiast. But often getting started might seem daunting to the person who is just beginning to hike and unsure what trails suit their level of experience.

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Book Review: The Princess Diarist Book Review: The Princess Diarist
February 1, 2017

I have never been a Science Fiction fan. Nevertheless, I have seen several of  the Star Wars films  because they are beyond just a depiction of events that happened a long, long time ago is galaxy far away, they represent a cultural phenomenon.

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Resource management plans include continued ranching; restoring Tolay Creek and Tolay Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in Sonoma County and the only one remaining in the San Pablo Bay watershed; and preserving and interpreting the site’s significant Native American cultural resources. According to the report, most of the master plan activities would not create significant environmental impacts. An impact the report does identify is increased traffic on Cannon Lane, the two-lane road leading to the park from Lakeville Highway. The county has pending plans to improve the road.   The master plan and draft EIR were developed with extensive public outreach, including feedback gathered at community meetings. The EIR and master plan are available for review online on the Tolay Park planning page at sonomacountyparks.org as well as at Regional Parks’ Santa Rosa office, and at the Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Sonoma Valley library branches. Comments submitted by the public should focus on the report’s sufficiency in addressing environment impacts. The feedback will be incorporated into a final draft EIR and presented to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in late spring. “The EIR process is an important step to open the park,” said Supervisor David Rabbitt, whose 2nd District includes the park. “Through this process, we will be closer to opening the gates to allow the public to enjoy this beautiful South County park in the near future.”  When the master plan and EIR are approved, the park will fully open with limited amenities. (It is now open weekends only to permit-holders.) Because many of the master plan recommendations lack a source of funding, they will be implemented only as money becomes available. The master plan includes both the park’s current 1,737 acres accessed from Cannon Lane as well as the 1,665-acre Tolay Creek Ranch addition now owned by the Sonoma Land Trust and scheduled for transfer to Regional Parks by mid-February, 2017. Tolay Lake Regional Park Environmental Review Available for Public Comment
January 12, 2017

Draft Document Analyzes Impacts of Proposed Master Plan

The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Tolay Lake Regional Park master plan is available for public review and comment from Jan. 10, through Feb. 23, 2017.  

The report evaluates potential impacts of implementing the master plan and recommends ways to reduce or avoid those impacts.  The master plan provides a blueprint for the future of the 3,400-acre park southeast of Petaluma. It consists of conceptual plans for trails and recreational activities, management of natural and cultural resources, and other recommendations for the park’s future use and operations.

Proposed recreational uses include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, picnicking, birding, back-country camping, and environmental education. Proposed physical improvements include the construction of a visitor center, restrooms and parking areas.

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Kindle Your Happiness,  Volunteer for the Laguna Kindle Your Happiness, Volunteer for the Laguna
January 4, 2017

Now is the time to plan to do something fun and rewarding in 2017; fortunately, Learning Laguna docent training is coming right up! The Laguna Foundation’s wetland education program for 2nd-4th graders has been going strong for 17 years and it takes the hearts and hands of many volunteers to reach out to more than 1400 students each year.

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Andy's Unity Park neighborhood planning group Andy’s Unity Park in Roseland gets funding and plan approval
December 13, 2016
On Tuesday, December 13, 2016, the Board of Supervisors approved design plans and funding for the development of Andy’s Unity Park, a 4-acre community park in Southwest Santa Rosa. This action follows a significant community engagement process to inform the development of the park.
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The Humble House Finch or The California Linnet The Humble House Finch or The California Linnet
November 25, 2016
As the dark days of December descend on us, we tend to spend more time inside.   This is a good time to watch the birds at feeders.  The most common native bird at most feeders is the colorful House Finch.  You may know this bird as the California Linnet. When European settlers came across the House Finch, it reminded them of their beloved Linnet – also a small, bold reddish finch that eats seeds and has a beautiful song.
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Volunteers Burnish Laguna de Santa Rosa Volunteers Burnish Laguna de Santa Rosa
October 26, 2016

Thirty volunteers from four local Rotary clubs spent Saturday, September 24th, bringing some welcome maintenance to the facilities at Laguna de Santa Rosa. (The clubs are SebastopolSanta RosaSanta Rosa West, and Santa Rosa Sunrise.)

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Raccoon Gait Spotting Animal Tracks on a Mountain Bike
October 26, 2016

To the owner of the mountain bike collecting dust in the garage; speed and competitiveness are not needed to pursue this combo. Any dirt/gravel road or single track trail is all that’s needed, and some animal tracking knowledge or classes under your belt, gives a new sense of appreciation for being out and about.

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Caryl Hart, director of Sonoma County Regional Parks Gazette interview with Caryl Hart on Measure J
October 15, 2016
Measure J is a ballot initiative to add a .05% sales tax in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County to help maintain Sonoma County Regional Parks and to create new parks over the next 10 years. This tax does not apply within the boundaries of Santa Rosa and incorporated cities and is not applied to groceries. We interview Caryl Hart, Director of Regional Parks on why this initiative is important for access to public parks in Sonoma County. Please visit our website at www.SonomaCountyGazette.com for the compete online edition with updates throughout the month, a LIST of distribution sites where you can pick up the print edition, and LIKE us on Facebook for alerts to NEWS you can USE.
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Measure J Measure J Protects Sonoma County Parks For Everyone
September 28, 2016
It’s easy to focus on national issues in the midst of an important presidential election, but it’s also important to focus on the critical issues that impact us right here at home in Sonoma County. Measure J, which will help protect our Sonoma County Regional Parks, is at the end of your ballot, but it should be a top priority.
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Water Bark Returns to Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon Water Bark Returns to Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon
September 1, 2016
The Spring Lake Water Bark, an event that allows dogs to swim and play off-leash at the Spring Lake Swimming Lagoon, will take place on four dates this September. Water Barks will be held on Sunday, September 18, and Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25. The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. In addition, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is “Mellow Monday” for dog owners who prefer a calmer Water Bark experience.
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Bodega Bay Bike & Pedestrian Prairie Trail Bodega Bay Bike & Pedestrian Trail Liz Burko Bridge
August 23, 2016
Community members, parks staff, and elected officials gathered in Bodega Bay on Friday, Aug. 19, to dedicate the newest segment of the Bodega Bay Pedestrian & Bicycle Trail and to name a trail bridge in honor of Elizabeth “Liz” Burko, the late State Parks superintendent who oversaw the Sonoma Coast.
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