TREKS offer an opportunity to connect with and learn more about our city’s precious natural areas and wildlands! Whether you were born on a mountain or in a city, enjoyment of nature is independent of age, income, occupation or culture. Nature energizes, restores and brings light to what’s important to us all. For more information and descriptions of each TREK please visit our website!
SATURDAY | March 12
Uncovering Hidden Treasures at Bayview Hill
with Jake Sigg
THURSDAY | March 24
Explore & Restore: Get Out & Get Dirty in GGPark
with Chris Giorni, Dylan Hayes and Christopher Campbell
SUNDAY | March 27
The Rare Green Hairstreak Butterfly Sleuthing Adventure!
with Damien Raffa
SATURDAY | April 2
Twin Peaks Bioregion & Eco-Corridor
with Peter Brastow
SUNDAY | April 3
Tune Into Spring on Twin Peaks
with Josiah Clark
SUNDAY | April 10
Medicinal Plants in Glen Canyon
with Allison Budner
SUNDAY | April 17
Green Hairstreak Butterfly Corridor
with Liam O'Brien
SATURDAY | May 7
Green Hairstreak Butterfly Corridor
with Liam O'Brien
SATURDAY | May 14
Wildflower Power in the Dunes of the Presidio
with Lew Stringer
SUNDAY | May 15
Spring Bird Migration at Mt. Davidson
with Dominik Mosur
SATURDAY | May 21
Exploring Yerba Buena Island
with Ruth Gravanis
Don't forget that the comment period for the GGNRA Dog Management Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) closes in the middle of April. Read the documents and get your comments in!
Also, make sure to attend one of these upcoming open houses hosted by the National Park Service (click here for other dates outside of San Francisco)!
Saturday, March 5
San Francisco State University
Seven Hills Conference Center
11 am - 4 pm
Monday, March 7
Fort Mason Center
4 - 8 pm
"Thanks to Toni Zernik and Chris Fidel, who collaborated to create our beautiful new website, you can now learn about the Visitacion Valley Greenway online at: visvalleygreenway.org.
If you have never been to the award winning Visitacion Valley Greenway, come out to visit us soon. Check out the Blog for an update of the past week on the V V Greenway and the Eating Green section for delicious recipes."
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Read Nature in the City's comment letter to the watershed planning process.
"I highly recommend that you read the article and watch the video developed by KQED that tells the story of the Arctostaphylos franciscana, or Franciscan manzanita, once thought to be extinct in the wild. This last-of-its-species local California native was found in October 2009 when a botanist on his way home from work spotted a low-lying, 18-foot-long shrub at a construction site. The plant was a miracle of survival – a species thought to have been extinct in the wild for almost 70 years. It was suddenly visible after most of the other plant material around it had been removed in preparation for constructing a multi-billion dollar improvement to Doyle Drive at the southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge." Read more here.
The current issue of Fremontia, published by CNPS, included a thorough and fascinating article about the rediscovered Franciscan manzanita.
Protect WMA Funding!
Write a letter and join Cal-IPC and other natural resource managers in Sacramento on March 16 for our 8th annual invasive weeds advocacy day!
There will be deep cuts in Sacramento this year. It's important that we let decision-makers know that strategic invasive plant control through the WMA program (and other CDFA weed programs) is a good investment. Two great ways to do that are attending the 8th Annual Invasive Weeds Awareness Day at the Capitol, and faxing letters of support.
Day at the Capitol will feature policy updates, advocacy training, and visits to all 120 legislative offices in the Capitol! It's free, but please register so we can set up our visits.
Letters of support from the range of organizations involved in WMAs can be very powerful in aggregate. Use the sample letter with instructions that we have prepared. You will fax your letters to 3 key decision-makers, and then to us as well. We will copy letters that are received before the event and bring those with us to Day at the Capitol to show to your area's representatives.
SER 2011 Call for Abstracts Open!
The Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) is now accepting abstact submissions for its 4th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, August 21-25, 2011 in Merida, Mexico. The Scientific Program Committee expects to begin a rolling approval process on March 1, 2011 in order to allow participants to take advantage of early registration fees. Early conference registration will open on Feb 15, 2011.
Visit the SER2011 conference website for more information.
Creating Excellence for State Parks
From the California State Parks Foundation
"As you may remember, the Park Excellence Project (PEP) is a joint undertaking of the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) and the Save the Redwoods League (the League) to develop a vision of excellence for the state park system in the 21st century, shared by the public and key stakeholders, and make recommendations as to how best to promote that vision.
I'm excited to announce that the PEP report, A Vision for Excellence for California's State Parks, is available. This report calls for the statewide community of park supporters and partners to focus on a set of five core strategies and lays out specific actions that can be taken.
More information about the Project is available on CSPF's website. Thank you again for your support, and if you have any additional questions, please contact Kate Litzky at email@example.com or 916-442-2119."
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