conservation

Tiffany Camhi

This past April, President Donald Trump issued an order to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review 27 National Monuments across the U.S. Six of those are in California. That includes Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in Northern California. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports supporters of the monument are doing everything they can to keep this public land protected.

Remote Old-Growth Forest Gains Protection

May 2, 2017
Sonoma County Ag and Open Space District

A forest of massive coast redwoods and the diverse wildlife they shelter are getting new and permanent protection, funded by distant urban residents who will never see the lands. 

Bordering the Mendocino County line, the Howlett Ranch contains the free-flowing headwaters to a pair of key tributaries to the Gualala River, and still sees spawning runs of coho, steelhead and rainbow trout. And, Bill Keene notes, it connects other large swaths of protected forests.

flickr/California Department of Fish and Wildlife

It’s been over six months since Measure AA passed in the Bay Area with a two-thirds majority. The ballot measure, which will soon impose a parcel tax throughout the nine counties, is tasked with restoring wetlands and wildlife habitat. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi brings us an update on the agency in charge of allocating restoration funds.

Find out more about the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, including when and where to attend meetings here

Carbon Capture in New CA Climate Bill

Sep 28, 2016
Harold E. Malde/The Nature Conservancy

California's newly adopted climate change bill includes emphasis on carbon sequestration and other natural measures to remove it from the atmosphere. As Suzanne Potter reports,t hat has won the enthusiastic endorsement of several important conservation groups.

Busy Times for Sonoma Land Trust

Dec 21, 2015
The California Coastal Records Project

  With three major projects wrapping up in 2015, the Sonoma Land Trust is looking ahead to more in the New Year, including a celebration of the organization’s 40th anniversary.

The video below describes and explains the Sears Point wetlands conversion project in greater detail.

Spreading the Word About Soil

Jun 4, 2015

  Dirt is ancient, alive, and essential to agriculture. But it is not necessarily eternal. And that can be a big problem.

North Bay Bountiful is a new focused programming initiative being introduced this month. As with our ongoing Health Connections reporting, it will include radio, television, web and community-based components to tell stories that are unique to our region, our food system, and our way of life. Learn more about it here.

Vineyard Water Conservation

May 20, 2015

  By using drip irrigation systems sparingly, vineyards can improve their crop while also saving water, a group of local growers were told yesterday. They were at a Vineyard Irrigation Efficiency workshop held at the Benzinger Winery in Glen Ellen Wednesday morning.

Water Conservation Requirements Increased

Mar 18, 2015

  As reservoir levels have started declining again, after our meager winter rains, the state is ratcheting up its mandatory water conservation measures. New and more stringent restrictions were announced this week by the California Water Resources Control Board.

'Tiny Steps' Toward Groundwater Management

Mar 17, 2015
Sonoma County Water Agency

For the first time ever, California is moving to protect and monitor groundwater resources and ensure their sustainability. But it will be up to local governments to implement the measures—with a threat of state intervention if they fall short.

  ut as the regulatory roll-out gets started, there is a big question looming over the whole long-range process, points out David Keller of Friends of the Eel River:  how much more water will be allocated to additional users, such as wineries and residential developments, in the meantime.

Venture Capital Meets Conservation in New Coalition

Dec 18, 2014
Photo of Lake Berryessa courtesy U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Dept. of the Interior.

  A dozen heads of investment firms think the U.S. should be "investing" in more protections for public land. They've formed a new Conservation for Economic Growth Coalition, and are making the points that today's workforce wants an active, healthy lifestyle that the outdoors can provide – and employers want to keep them happy.

Rescuing Coho Salmon from Redwood Creek

Dec 12, 2014
courtesy Manfred Kittel, CDFW

This summer fisheries biologists took drastic steps: rescuing the remaining juvenile Coho salmon from Redwood Creek in Muir Woods. These roughly 100 fish are now being raised at Warm Springs Dam fish hatchery, at Lake Sonoma, waiting to grow and, one day, return to the wild. 

Bringing Back Beavers

Dec 1, 2014
image courtesy of Kate Lundquist/OAEC

Beavers once lived over almost all of California, before they were trapped to near extinction. They may be staging a comeback, though. On today's North Bay Report KRCB visits with local conservationists who are promoting these animal's unique ability to affect the landscape.

Camera Traps Track Rare Wildlife

Oct 28, 2014
Pepperwood Preserve

Local ecologists are using an innovative tool for studying wildlife. Motion activated cameras, that trigger when an animal passes by, are helping researchers track migration corridors and monitor the effects of climate change.

Nature, Viewing Devices Converge at Optics Fair

Sep 12, 2014

  Nature protectors, nature watchers, and the makers of tools for their observations will all converge in Sonoma on Sunday. It’s the 3rd annual Wine Country Optics Fair, and today we hear from one of the event’s founders about what you might find there.

Admission is free at the Wine Country Optics Fair on Sunday at Cornerstone Gardens in Sonoma.  Find additional details here or see the flyer below.

Local Groups Teach Homeowners to Re-use Greywater

Jul 28, 2014
Carl Schuller/Daily Acts

Does your grey water go down the drain? You could be using it to water your yard. Just doing laundry accounts for 20 to 40 percent of all the water used in a typical American home. Most of the time that water simply flows out to the sewer. Now, local groups are working to change that, giving old laundry water a new life.

  Homeowners and businesses up and down California are under increasing pressure to conserve water; however, they only account for one fifth of the state’s water consumption. Agriculture uses most of the rest, but many of the local water districts that serve farmers in the central valley are out of compliance with state laws that require them to monitor and report on their usage. Today we hear from a reporter who has been tracking that situation.

Marin Municipal Water District

Can the drought be good for fish? Maybe now, but not for long. This year's lack of winter rain has wreaked havoc on many corners of the state: from fruit orchards to feed lots. On today's North Bay Report we examine a rare instance where dry conditions seem to have helped endangered Coho salmon. But the good news is unlikely to last.

A Compromise on Cloverdale’s Growth

Jun 16, 2014

With an eye to the future, Cloverdale proposed expanding to the west and south, some of which alarmed anti-sprawl activists. But the most provocative part of that proposal has now been reined in.

The new, scaled back Cloverdale Urban Growth Boundary is expected to get final approval at the next LAFCO meeting on July second.  The map below shows the originally proposed Urban Growth Boundary expansion.

Expanding California’s Water Supply

Jun 10, 2014

  The best response to the drought, as well as future water shortages, is to make better use of the water that is already here. Four immediately available strategies to do just that are being proposed by a pair of Bay area environmental groups.

  Peter Gleick, president of the Pacific Institute in Berkeley, says that implementation of the four strategies they are advocating can be done right away, using policies that are already in place.

Rhinocerous Romance Afoot at Safari West

Jun 8, 2014
Safari West

  The wildlife at the Safari West African wildlife preserve, northeast of Santa Rosa, has gotten a little bit wilder lately, as they try to encourage a little rhinoceros romance. If you’re wondering just how that works… just listen.

Tired of your thirsty lawn? Get paid to rip it out

May 28, 2014
KRCB

 

In dry times, many homeowners search for ways to save both money and water. On today’s North Bay Report we profile one local program that is paying residents to get rid of their water-hungry lawns. 

 Across the United States, there are 40 million acres of turf grass, according to some estimates. That’s more than the land dedicated to corn, wheat and fruit trees -- combined. That makes lawns and yards the nation’s largest irrigated crop.  

Five Years of Boosting Energy Efficiency

Apr 17, 2014

  In an early bid to combat greenhouse gas emissions and conserve energy, the Sonoma County Energy Independence Program was set up back in 2009. It just passed its five year anniversary date, which provides an opportunity to review the program's effectiveness.

SCEIP is also co-hosting an Energy Action Forum today at Paradise Ridge Winery  in Santa Rosa, from 4-7 pm,  to honor six local Energy Champions.  They are:

§       Santa Rosa Plaza – Simon Properties, Santa Rosa

§       Sonoma Veterinary Clinic – Dr. Howard Rosner, Sonoma

Anderson Honored as ‘Conservation Hero’

Feb 13, 2014
Landpaths

Craig Anderson, Executive Director of the outdoor conservation non-profit, Landpaths, has been named Bay Nature’s “Conservation Hero” for this year. It’s an award that his colleagues are roundly applauding.

Call for Increased Water Conservation

Feb 4, 2014

Drought is becoming the dominant topic in California now, as reservoirs dwindle, and weather forecasts offer little likelihood of replenishing them. Locally, the Sonoma County Water Agency is calling on everyone to cut their water usage significantly.

Tribes to Join in North Coast Monitoring

Dec 17, 2013
Smith River Rancheria

  Tribal governments on the far north coast, for the first time, will join with scientists, fishermen, and citizen volunteers,  to develop a baseline of ocean conditions to monitor the North Coast marine protected areas (MPAs), thanks to a new ground of state grants. Lori Abbott reports.

Living With Mountain Lions

Sep 10, 2013

Mountain lions still roam the hills of the North Bay, but not as many as there once were. And we humans are not making their lives any easier.

  It was McDonald’s own face to face meeting with a full-sized adult male in the Marin Headlands that fueled her passion for working with the big cats of the world. She was out running above Sausalito near dusk, she recalls, when she had that life-changing encounter.

 

Renewing Redwood Forests

May 14, 2013

The redwood forests of the North Coast evolved over many thousands of years, but it takes a small fraction of that time to remove them. Now the question is, how long is needed to regenerate the logged forests, and are we willing--or even able-- to grant it?

Egrets and Herons

Apr 22, 2013
Gordon Sherman, courtesy of Audubon Canyon Ranch

Egrets and herons were nearly driven to extinction by fashionable hatmakers more than a century ago. Today they are a popular symbol of wildlife conservation. Bruce Robinson talks with a scientist who studies them.