New Plan for San Geronimo Golf Course
SPAWN and the San Geronimo Golf Course (SGGC) are working together to directly improve coho salmon habitat as outlined in the new “The Coho-Friendly Habitat and Operations Plan.”
The science-based plan undertaken as part of a grant from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), obtained by SPAWN, outlines efforts to aid in salmon recovery.
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Community-Salmon Land Trust (C-SALT)
Throughout the Bay Area, communities face the same problems as ours such as loss of species biodiversity, loss of affordable housing, and loss of community character.
Turtle Island's Community - Salmon Land Trust (C-SALT) aims to create an innovative solution that addresses these multiple issues through a single program that is market-based and voluntary.
C-SALT sets out to protect and reforest the Bay Area’s most important stream for endangered salmon, create affordable housing, address climate change by carbon sequester through forest creation, maintain the rural character of the community, and provide habitat, green building and restoration training. Stay tuned for updates on this exciting program, and read our recent op-ed here.
Restoring Lagunitas Watershed
The forest and the ecosystem surrounding a creek is just as important as the creek itself to the survival of endangered Central California Coast coho salmon, and threatened steelhead trout. To this end Turtle Island’s SPAWN program is actively working with volunteers, schools and the local community to improve salmon habitat.
Specifically, SPAWN is embarking on an ambitious project to restore a one-mile stretch of land along Lagunitas Creek that includes derelict buildings, old ghost towns, armored creek banks, driveways, and non-native plants. The Anadromous Forest Fund of the Trees Foundation gave SPAWN a generous grant to help expand our volunteer recruitment, and nursery and restoration capacity. Additionally, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fisheries awarded SPAWN a significant contract to develop a restoration and enhancement plan for this area.
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Summer Salmon Institute for Teachers
FREE: Aug. 13 -17, Spots Still Available
SPAWN's Summer Salmon Institute for 3rd to 5th grade teachers encourages science-based watershed education in elementary classrooms in the San Francisco Bay Area.
The five-day, free, environmental educational workshop for teachers incorporates the new Next Generation Science Standards and California’s Common Core State Standards into the curriculum. Teacher training and student field experiences will be provided in topics such as restoration techniques, native plant identification, rainwater harvesting and constructing rain gardens. Teachers will leave with ready-to-use lesson plans, and yearlong support from SPAWN. Field trip stipends will be made available to participating low-income schools in the Bay Area.
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Reserve a spot online at here.
Be a California sea turtle hero this summer and enter Turtle Island's Sea Turtle Sand Castle Snapshot Contest! The winner will receive a three-night stay at La Jolla Coves Suites, and the honorary title of sea turtle sand castle master builder.
Sea Turtle Sand Castle Snapshot Contest
Click here to enter and share your sea turtle sand castle creation with us!