Tiffany Camhi

Anyone that has ever visited one of Marin County’s crown jewels, the headlands, knows that there is only one of two ways to get there: A scenic two-lane road that winds along the hills or through the Baker-Barry Tunnel shortcut. But soon one of those two main arteries will be shutting down for a lengthy amount of time. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports.

Greenway Vision Coming Into Focus

Oct 17, 2016

Eight years into the process of creating the proposed southeast Greenway in Santa Rosa, ideas for what it will actually look like are taking shape. An online survey, reviewing three possible alternatives, is underway.

Follow this link to take the Greenway planning survey. Sign up for the Oct. 26 walking tour of the property here.

Audible Evidence of Climate Change

Sep 14, 2016
Kat Krause

  Audio ecologist Bernie Krause has been capturing the sounds of the natural world for decades. But the changes he hears in those recordings now carry a clear and worrisome message.

  The Animal Orchestra exhibit at the Parisian Fondation Cartier museum is an immersive experience that occupies the entire facility, marvels Bernie Krause, as he offers a partial description of it.

The entire enterprise has been an unexpected success, Krause says, both for him personally and for the museum.

Sonoma County Regional Parks

The second of a trio of three-day kayak trips down the full length of the Russian River wrapped up today, as the participating stakeholders made landfall at Steelhead Beach near Forestville. Riverkeeper Don McEnhill is helping guide the floating conference, and he paused earlier today to discuss the changing political climate that is reshaping the environmental issues in the River's middle reach. 

A Small Park in Roseland Signals Bigger Things to Come

Aug 31, 2016
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  The official opening of a small new park at the site of the future Roseland Village complex offers further tangible evidence of bigger and better things to come.

    Caryl Hart, director of Sonoma County Regional Parks says that providing a free, outdoor exercise facility was a priority as they planned the new parkette.

Theater Company Commissions Jack London-Inspired Theme

May 2, 2016
Transcendence Theatre Company

  The Valley of the Moon will observe a Jack London centennial this summer, in many ways—even a new musical anthem.

The Transcendence Theatre Company's fifth season of Broadway Under the Stars at Jack London State park opens with three consecutive weekends of a  show called This Magic Moment. The first performance is June 17.

Nationwide, Parks Need More Support, Funding

Apr 20, 2016

  It's not just a California problem. All across America, our national parks are in decline due to increased use and decreased funding. Suzanne Potter has more.

Tiffany Camhi/KRCB

  California State Parks' controversial proposal to charge parking fees at some of Sonoma Coast’s most popular beaches is stalled after a vote yesterday by the California Coastal Commission’s governing board. KRCB’s Tiffany Camhi reports the decision goes against the Commission staff’s recommendation for an outright denial of the fees.

A New Home for Funky Fridays

Mar 10, 2016
Sonoma County Regional Parks

  Funky Fridays, a popular series of fundraising concerts in the Sonoma Valley has found a new home for the coming summer season, and it seems that everyone involved couldn’t be happier.

Hear more about the history and interior details of the Hood Mansion in this North Bay Report from October, 2006

  The upcoming fourth season of Funky Friday concerts will feature these performers.

May 27

Courthouse Square Tree Removal Questioned

Jan 7, 2016
City of Santa Rosa

Plans for an updated and reunified Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa will mean the removal of some trees--perhaps several dozen—including some of the towering redwoods. That may be a point of contention as the project moves forward.

  Santa Rosa City Councilman Gary Wysocky says he understands the concerns being expressed by the defenders of the Courthouse Square redwoods, but feels they are a bit premature.

Moorland Neighborhood Park Plans Take Shape

Dec 17, 2015
Sonoma County Regional Parks

  Plans for a new county park near the site of the Andy Lopez shooting have been drawn up and are heading for construction, prepared with extensive input from the neighborhood.

  There was also considerable discussion about incorporating a community center building in the small park site, but Sonoma County Regional Parks planner Scott Wilkinson says ultimately, that had to be left out.

Managing the Tule Elk at Point Reyes

Sep 29, 2015
John Wall

The conflict between wilderness and commercial uses of land within the Point Reyes National Seashore is heating up again—this time the focal point is competition for food between cattle and a protected species of elk.

  The roots of the current conflict between elk and cattle reach all the way back to the creation of the Point Reyes National Seashore, reports Bay Nature writer Alison Hawkes. But finding a balance between the two has become increasingly difficult for the park's managers. 

Neighborhood Input Sought for Moorland Park

Sep 2, 2015

A series of workshops will begin in Santa Rosa’s Moorland neighborhood Thursday night, to gather ideas and priorities for designing a community park to memorialize Andy Lopez.

While it is clear that the current momentum to create a neighborhood park for Moorland is driven by the community’s response to the Andy Lopez shooting, Sonoma County Regional Parks planner Scott Wilkinson explains that the land for it has long been intended as a park site.

Lynda Wilson

  The imposition of a strict limit on how many people can attend the fund-raising Funky Friday concerts at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park has left the future of the highly successful events in jeopardy.

The central issue beneath the procedural snafu is one of capacity—how many people can attend the concerts without harming the park environment? Bill Meyers, a lead organizer of the Funky Friday events sees a huge variance between the fixed seating in the park amphitheater and the crowds that the space has been accommodating.

Framing Roseland's Future

Jun 24, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

Roseland residents are being invited to discussions about various aspects of the area’s future, the most recent moves in a 30 year history of proposed redevelopment plans for their neighborhood. With three separate projects in the works, the pace appears to be picking up.

Summer Youth Ecology Corps Goes Back to Work

Jun 22, 2015

  Today we look at a triple-win summer job program for youth—they’re working outdoors, helping the community, and gaining experiences beyond job skills that will serve them going forward.

  The youth participating in the Ecology Corps don't just gain land maintenance skills that can be applied in numerous situations. Karen Freis, Assistant Director of Sonoma County's Human Services Department notes that they also learn about the local environment they are working in.

Privatization May Threaten California Parklands

May 20, 2015
Photo of Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe, courtesy of NASA.

  Yet another  brewing legislative battle in Washington could change Californians' access to some popular public lands. Lori Abbot has a report.

Introducing the Waterboxx

Mar 31, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  A simple but carefully designed planter box allows newly planted trees to grow and flourish, using just the water naturally available in their environment.

  The Waterboxx is installed around a newly planted tree, and remains in place for a year or more, until the sapling is established. Caitlin Cornwall from the Sonoma Ecology Center explains what goes on during that time.

New Sonoma Mountain Park Dedicated

Mar 23, 2015
Sonoma County Regional Parks

  More than 10 years in the making, the newest Regional Park in Sonoma County offer bucolic vistas and a comfortably serpentine trail that belies the behind-the-scenes work required to create it. The park was officially dedicated Monday afternoon.

   Creating a large new public park is always a complex process, says Sonoma County Regional Parks Director Caryl Hart. But this one was more challenging than most.


Creating Hope for the Moorland Neighborhood

Nov 6, 2014

  In the year since Andy Lopez was killed, efforts to upgrade the Roseland area and annex it into the city of Santa Rosa have accelerated. But just a little further south, the Moorland neighborhood, where Andy actually lived and died, it’s a different story.

Planning a Sonoma Valley Bicycle Trail

Sep 23, 2014

  What would it take to create a bicycle and pedestrian trail running from Santa Rosa through the Valley of the Moon to Aqua Caliente? Sonoma County Regional Parks has such a route in their master plan, and this week they’re beginning a series of public meetings to find out what people in the area would like that trail to be.

Open Space Funding for Roseland Projects

Aug 30, 2014
Mark Prell, KRCB

  Two key civic projects in Santa Rosa’s Roseland area have additional momentum behind them, with significant new funds from the Sonoma County Ag and Open Space District. The matching grants will support a community plaza and the Andy Lopez memorial park.

The Sonoma Land Trust's Unspoiled Legacy

Jul 11, 2014
Sonoma Land Trust

Over the past 38 years, one local non-profit has helped preserve nearly 48,000 acres of open space in the North Bay. And the Sonoma Land Trust is continuing to add to that legacy.

  Sonoma Land Trust Executive Director Ralph Benson gets to spend a lot of time enjoying the properties his agency owns or  works with. He's reluctant to name his favorites, but admits there are a few spots he often visits.

SE Greenway Campaign Advances--Slowly

Jan 22, 2014
Southeast Greenway campaign

  A key decision on the fate and future of the abandoned highway corridor in southeast Santa Rosa is getting closer, and proponents of converting the property into a public “greenway” are poised to take advantage if and when that opportunity becomes real.

A public event—“Moving the Southeast Greenway Forward” is coming up at the Glaser Center on Saturday, Feb. 8. You can find details about it here.

Supervisors Weigh Responses to Lopez Shooting

Dec 4, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  Creating a Community Task Force, lapel cameras for sheriff’s deputies, and the idea of  a park in southwest Santa Rosa were all endorsed by county supervisors yesterday, in response to the Andy Lopez shooting. But community healing still is a long way off.

Inside Taylor Mountain Regional Park

Nov 27, 2013
Sonoma County Regional Parks

  If you’re looking for a way to walk off a big dinner or avoid the crowds who are out shopping on Black Friday, consider a visit to the newest Sonoma County Regional Park.

Enlarge the map below to see the hiking trails already in place at the new Regional Park.

Forestville Moves to Preseve Downtown Open Space

May 29, 2013
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  As the clock winds down on a matching grant to preserve a key piece of open space in the heart of Forestville, the small west county town is confident that the one-time subdivision site will instead be protected as a natural park.

The extension of the bicycle trail will follow the west and north sides of the open space land, as shown in red on the map below.

Taylor Mt. Park to Open

Feb 20, 2013
Sonoma County Regional Parks

From  the slopes of Santa Rosa’s Taylor Mountain, hikers can see broad expanses of much of central Sonoma County. Beginning this weekend, they can also see the new park that offers those vistas. Bruce Robinson offers a preview.

Parks Boost State's Economy

Feb 19, 2013
Cherly Frei

It was a busy holiday weekend for California’s State Parks  And, as Lori Abbot reports, that’s good news for the state budget.