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Apr 14
2009

John Muir

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , water , trees , students , speaker , sacred , resources , recreation , policy , parks , Ideas , history , Health , events , environment , education , conservation , author

Bruce Robinson

 John Muir (right) died 95 years ago, but he still speaks to modern day California. And not just through his writings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retired Methodist minister Don Baldwin (seen here in character) has embraced the role of ground-breaking environmentalist John Muir in public appearances throughout northern California and beyond.

 


         

 Even after studying biographies and Muir's own extensive writings, Don Baldwin remains amazed by the early environmentalist's ability to survive handily in the wilderness with the most minimal supplies.

 

 

 

 

 Despite his capacity for extended solo sojourns,  Baldwin reports that Muir was also a highly social person, when he came back down from the mountains.

 

 

 "John Muir" will be appearing twice in Sonoma County on Sunday, April 19th, first at the 11 am service at the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Santa Rosa  and at 2 pm in Sebastopol for the annual Earth Elders event (left) at Luther Burbank's historic Gold Ridge Farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mar 16
2009

MacArthur Grant for CFS

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , water , tourism , Sebastopol , resources , recreation , poverty , policy , planning , parks , nonprofit orgs , news , media , land rights , jobs , international , government , finances , environment , education , economy , design , conservation , community , climate change , carbon , business , birds , agriculture , activism

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A Sebastopol-based non-profit has gotten a big boost from the MacArthur Foundation.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded the Conservation Strategy Fund  $400,000  over the next three years in support of their efforts to build natural resource economics skills to sustain biodiversity conservation in the Southern Tropical Andes, an area that spans southeastern Peru and northern Bolivia.

 

   

John Reid is the founder and president of the 10 year old Conservation Strategy Fun. The North Bay Report previously focused on CFS in December of last year.

Mar 09
2009

Nature Deficit

Posted by Bruce Robinson in youth , students , speaker , Sonoma , Science , recreation , policy , Ideas , Health , environment , education , children

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 They call it "the pedagogy of place"--  using the natural environment as a learning tool for kids. And it may be the best available antidote to passive, media-dominated childhoods that can result in obesity, diabetes, and other health problems.

 

Rocky Rohwedder (left),  a professor of Enviromental Studies and Planning at SSU, believes that kids in today's industrialized societies  are not spending enough time outdoors  and are missing out on what nature has to teach them.

 

 

The term "nature deficit disorder " was coined and popularized by writer by Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods. You can hear him interviewed about it on NPR's Morning Edition here.

Louv is also the co-founder and chairman of the Children & Nature Network, which was created to encourage and support the people and organizations working to reconnect children with nature.

 

 

 

Mar 01
2009

Petaluma River

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , water , waste , volunteer , transportation , tourism , resources , recreation , policy , parks , nonprofit orgs , history , government , fish , environment , education , conservation , community , birds , activism

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The Petaluma River has a long and interesting history, and some new Friends who want to make that history better known.

 

David Yearsley is a co-founder and  Executive Director of the Friends of the Petaluma River, which has the following mission and goals:

Mission: To promote stewardship of the Petaluma River. We work throughout its watershed; providing access opportunities, educational materials, and conservation programs. We also provide a voice for the River's inhabitants and resources in public affairs.


Goals: Access, Education, and Conservation

  • To establish a permanent presence in the watershed; becoming the first non-government organization to work fulltime for the betterment of the Petaluma River and its inhabitants
  • To pursue outreach and educational activities that will foster enthusiasm and commitment in the watershed for long term sustainable stewardship.
  • To monitor conditions and engage in activities that will reduce or prevent pollution and lessen other harmful impacts on the River and its wetlands.
  • To create a River Heritage Center as a community resource. A place to archive information, host events, administer programs, and coordinate river related activities
The Friends have also produced this promotional video explaining their organization and its plans:

[video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzK8v6diRv0 300x300] 

For people who want to get a close-up look at the Petaluma River,  Dolphin Charters will again offer their 3 hr. River tours on April 5th, 6th, 11th & 12th aboard the Delphinus (seen at left). To learn more about them, visit Dolphin Charters’ website.