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 Golf Course Plan - C-SALT - Restoring Lagunitas - Summer Salmon Institute  - Contest

JULY 2014

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.


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.

Learn more → 
Reserve a spot online at here.

Sea Turtle Sand Castle Snapshot Contest

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.

Click here
to enter and share your sea turtle sand castle creation with us!

Support Us
SPAWN defends endangered wild California coho salmon and restores native creekside landscapes to create healthier streams. Show your support by making a donation today!

Four Star Charity
Charity Navigator, a guide to responsible giving and one of the most used independent evaluators of charities, has awarded Turtle Island Restoration Network the highest prestigious 4-star rating for finanical effectiveness and transparency. Donations to Turtle Island, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, are tax-deductible.

Fairfax Trax
The Fairfax Trax summer camp program (a program of The Vilda Foundation) visited SPAWN's headquarters to learn more about our native endangered coho salmon and their habitat. Campers helped collect native plant seeds, searched for reptiles, and learned about salmon in Lagunitas Creek from SPAWN staff.

Connect on Meetup
SPAWN is now on Meetup! Click here to join us on meetup and get invites to volunteer events and fun activities!

Volunteer Events
Saturday, July 19
10 am to 2 pm
Restoration Work Day

(Help build a fence to keep cows out of salmon habitat) 
Forest Knolls, CA
Every Friday
10 am to 1 pm
Native Plant Nursery

(Care for and grow native plants and seeds)
Forest Knolls, CA

August 13 -  17

Summer Salmon Institute
(Environmental education workshop for teachers)
Point Reyes Station, CA

Volunteering with SPAWN is a great way to get involved, meet new people and have fun outside. Please RSVP at preston@tirn.net or at (415) 663-8590 ext.111.

Got a Truck?

Do you have an old pickup truck you no longer need? Donate it to SPAWN! We will put it to good use moving mulch, dirt and native plants to restoration sites. Donations may be tax deductible. Contact Preston at (415) 663-8590 ext.111 or preston@tirn.net for details.

Waldorf Kids Discover Watershed 
Summerfield Waldorf sponsored Sophie O'hare as an intern. During her internship Sophie helped educate Waldorf students about the importance of local rivers, streams and salmon. Thanks for your work, Sophie!

Help us protect marine wildlife, wild oceans, and our backyard rivers and streams! Find internships →

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