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Jul 19
2009

Invasive Weeds

Posted by Bruce Robinson in Sonoma , Science , resources , nonprofit orgs , Napa , Marin , environment , coast , agriculture

Bruce Robinson

Just as doctors move quickly to detect and treat infectious diseases before they can spread, botanists and habitat managers are teaming up to use the same approach against invasive weeds in the Bay Area.

 California Invasive Weeds Awareness Week (CIWAW)is July 20-26, 2009. This  an annual event that brings attention to the problems caused by invasive plants in California (such as the yellow star thistle, shown in flower at right), and to the work of local groups that work to protect our natural areas and rangelands. In 2004, the state legislature signed a proclamation declaring California Invasive Weeds Awareness Week to begin the third Monday of July each year.

Arundo dorax, above, spreading rapidly in the middle reach of the Russian River, and threatening to become established downstream as well.

Dan Gluesenkamp, is Director of Habitat Protection and Restoration for the multiple preserves owned and managed by Audubon Canyon Ranch, explains that the basis methods employed by the BAEDN are those used by his and other, like-minded organizations, but scaled up to work on a regional basis.

 

Additionally, says Gluesenkamp, the new parternship is dedicated to operating in accordance with two key core principles.

 

 

Goals of the Bay Area Early Detection Network include:

  • Have effective detection efforts covering the nine counties.
  • Ensure that detections are supported with sufficient response funds to eradicate priority invaders while still cost-effective.
  • Increase effectiveness and strategic nature of invasive plant work in the region.
  • Involve and train citizen detection partners.
  • Realize a coordinated system of regional Early Detection networks across all California.

In Sonoma County, ludwigia is one of the most conspicuous invasive plants, growing agressively in the Laguna de Santa Rosa and in slow-moving portions of the Russian River, as seen in the foreground below.

May 27
2009

Historic Ecology

Posted by Bruce Robinson in water , technology , Science , resources , planning , parks , open space , Napa , history , government , environment , conservation

Bruce Robinson

We tend to think of history as a record of human activity, but a natural landscape also has a history all it's own, which is what is studied in the new field called historic ecology.

 

 The San Francisco Estuary Institute's study of the Napa River ecosystem  was a project that brought together a wide alliance of stakeholders, notes Robin Grossinger (right), and developed information that could be used for multiple purposes.

 

May 05
2009

VOICES in Santa Rosa

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , teens , students , Santa Rosa , resources , nonprofit orgs , Napa , jobs , families , employment , education

Bruce Robinson

It worked in Napa. Now a youth-led service center for young people aging out of foster care has launched a second outlet in Santa Rosa.

Mitch Findley helps move office furniture into the new V.O.I.C.E.S. office in Santa Rosa.

Only recently have the needs of youth aging out of Foster Care gotten much public attention. But the high rates of homelessness, unemployment and early parenthood create additional demand on public social service systems that are already overburdened. So proactive alternatives such as V.O.I.C.E.S. are garnering widespread attention.

When V.O.I.C.E.S first opened their doors in Napa, Mitch Findley (left)  says they had to learn how to define and explain themselves to the community around them. By now, they've gotten pretty good at it.

Learn more about Voices here.

 

V.O.I.C.E.S. Sonoma County 

335 College Ave

Santa Rosa, CA 94509 

Phone: 707-579-4327

 

Mar 31
2009

Voting Machines

Posted by Bruce Robinson in volunteer , technology , rights , politics , nonprofit orgs , news , Napa , media , Marin , legislation , law enforcement , justice , government , gadgets , corporate responsibiliyt , business , activism

Bruce Robinson

 A widely used electronic voting machine has been decertified in California, after tests confirmed it sometimes deleted groups of ballots without counting them.

 

 A co-founder and director of the Election Defense Alliance, Dan Ashby says this latest setback for electronic voting machines is further confirmation of their dubious reliability.

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