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Jan 18
2009

Guerneville Early Days

Posted by Bruce Robinson in water , transportation , tourism , Russian River , resources , recreation , history , environment , economy , construction , community , coast , author

Bruce Robinson

 

The history of Guerneville has been marked by a series of economic surges, most of them relatively short-lived.

 

 

 John Schubert

An early businessman named John Bagley may have been the most prominent citizen of the town that became Guerneville, but as Schubert relates,  Bagley chose to name it for one of his friends and business partners, rather than himself.

 

Before the train came out the Russian River from the Santa Rosa plain, some Guerneville area entrepreneurs tried using the river itself as a transportation corridor, but as John Schubert relates, that proved to be a short-lived experiment.

John Schubert,  is a Russian River historian and board member for the Sonoma County Historical Society as well as the Russian River Historical Society. His  Guerneville Early Days: A History of the Lower Russian River, covers the history of Guerneville up to 1910.

 

 


Schubert's self-published book received the 1999 Campbell Augustus Menefee Scholastic Award.

Fires, earthquakes, economic hard times and more have all taken a toll, at one time or another, on the Russian River town of Guerneville, as John Schubert details in this North Bay Report.

 

 

 

 

As logging cleared more and more land along the lower Russian River, some astute local businessmen came up with a plan to maximize their resources, by selling vacation homes in the area.

 

A common feature of these vacation homes was a wraparound porch, which John Schubert explains was far more practical when they were built than now.

 

Jan 04
2009

Business Resolutions

Posted by Bruce Robinson in transportation , tourism , technology , resources , policy , planning , news , international , Ideas , finances , environment , economy , conservation , business , budget

Bruce Robinson

 

New year's resolutions aren't just for individuals; local businesses also can, and quite possibly should, pledge to take fresh actions in 2009.

 

 

 

Ben Stone, Executive Director of the Sonoma County Economic Development Board (above) offers this advice to business owners as the new year begins:

For workers, 2009 will also likely be an unsettled year. In the following audio clip, Stone suggests some creative approaches to keeping paychecks coming for those who may find themselves "downsized."

 

Dec 23
2008

The Geography of Bliss

Posted by Bruce Robinson in tourism , resources , policy , media , international , Ideas , community , author

Bruce Robinson

 

It is said that happiness is where you find it. After a worldwide search, NPR correspondent Eric Weiner says that's only partly true.

 

 

 

 

Eric Weiner is a long-time NPR correspondent and writer, whose most recent book is The Geography of Bliss.

 The tiny Himalayan nation of Bhutan may be themost blissful country on the planet, Weiner writes. It's unquestionably the only country with its own official policy of Gross National Happiness. He's got a slideshow of scenes from Bhutan which you can see here.

Dec 07
2008

Conservation Strategy Fund

Posted by Bruce Robinson in wildlife , transportation , tourism , resources , recreation , policy , parks , nonprofit orgs , international , government , fish , environment , energy , education , economy , conservation , climate change , carbon , business , birds , animals , agriculture , activism

Bruce Robinson

Using economic analysis as a tool for environmental protection is a core philosophy driving the Sebastopol-based Conservation Strategy Fund.

John Reid, President and founder of the Conservation Strategy Fund, explains how he sees economics as a tool for increasing overall human happiness  

 CSF Mission

The mission of Conservation Strategy Fund is to teach environmental organizations around the world how to use economics and strategic analysis to conserve nature.

Carbon credits may become a potent economic tool for poor countries with extensive forest resources, an approach that Sebastopol's Conservation Strategy Fund is helping to promote.

Part of CSF's educational work involves teaching their partners how to articulate the linkage between preserved resources and economic benefits.

 

Much more detailed information about CSF can be found in their annual reports, which are posted online here. There is also a listing of current and recent projects here.