LandPaths' Happenings Blog

A HEARTFELT THANKS TO YOU!

A HEARTFELT THANKS TO YOU!

Thank you for your generous financial support of LandPaths this past year. Your contribution will result in powerful community impact - ensuring valuable opportunities for all Sonoma County residents to claim their true nature in knowing the outdoors near where they live. 

 

We have compiled a list of all 2013 donors (below). Recurring donors (of five or more consecutive years) are shown in italics. Our apologies in advance if you notice an error with this list, and please do not hesitate to contact us with your corrections.  

Reduce Our Carbon Footprint Challenge Match: 

Last October's Challenge Match for $20,000 (from Will & Julie Parish, LandPaths partners, together creating 1,000 acres of protected land at Bohemia), was met through the generosity of 141 of you. As a result, we saved 141 sheets of paper, envelopes, return envelopes, printing (ink, energy), and postage and handling costs. Thank you to these donors for helping LandPaths minimize our use of and impact on our earth's resources.


Reduce Our Carbon Footprint:

Alison Willets

Allen & Gloria Bealer

Allen Barrett

Amy Booth

Ann Carranza

Anne Trujillo

Anonymous Donor

Bart Westcott

Ben Klocek

Beverly Schwartz

Bill Klippert

Bob & Myra Gaiser

Bob & Nancy Higham

Bonnie McFarl&

Brian Wilson

Bruce & Connie Kinnison

Burton Smith

Candace M. Fox

Carole Hale

Carolyn Ferris

Charles McGowan

Cheryl Davey

Christina Cooper

Clara Else

Curt Kimble

Curtis Cavin

Cynthia & Larry Pullin

Daniel Byerly & Leslie Brizee Byerly

Darek Trowbridge

Darlene LaMont & Jim Robinson

David L Smith

David Salm

Dean Joyner

Diana Ramirez

Donna Schulz

Dotty Joos

Doug & Cindy Lipton

Ed Graham

Edie Otis

Eileen Fong- Jang & Forrest Jang

Elaine Ramires

Elizabeth Herron

Ellie Dwight

Eric Anderson

Eric Moes

Erin Moilanen

Farida Fox

Fawn Nekton

Franny Minervini-Zick

Fred & Jocelyn Euphrat

Fred Ptucha & Jeannette Dothee

Gale Brownell

Gary Diamond

Gerson Finlev

Hannah Bartee

Holly Vettori

Jacala Kinney

Jan Hayssen

Janet Dove

Jim Mansfield

Jim McAdler

Jim Melancon

Joan Bacci

Joan Merriss

John Fairbank

Jonathan Marshall

Joseph McIntyre

Juliet Schaefer

June Thomasson

Kandis Gilmore

Kathie Merrill

Kathleen Harrison

Kathryn Kettler

Ken Roberts

Kirsten Miller

Kyle OMI Lehecka

Laraine Downer

Laurie Moore

Lien Cibulka

LiHui Tsai

Linda & Steven Woodside

Linda Proulx

Linda Schneider

Linda Thomas

Lorna Deitz

Lynn & John Westoby

Marcia Coleman

Marcus Lipton & Serena Stoepler

Marcy Lenhardt

Marcy Meadows

Marilynn Scott

Mary Abbott

Mary & Gerrit Blom

Mary Sue Anderson

Mary Williams & Peter Elias

Mickey Babcock

Mike & Gail George

Mirin Lew

Monique & Robert Rubin

Nancy Curdts

Nancy Giambastiani

Nannette Meyers

Natasha Granoff

Noel Bouck

Nola Lundy

Pam Adinoff

Patricia Minor

Patrick Kincaid

Peggy Maddock

Peter Allen

Prue Draper

Richard Berry

Robert Spillane

Roberta Souza

Rod Supple

Ron Dodge

Ron Douglass

Ronni Madrid

Ruth Wilson

Sandi Cullinen

Sandra Fisher

Sandra Martensen & Alan Selby

Selina Galick

Sharon Bice

Sharon Fisher

Silas Martin

Stephanie Miller

Steve Green

Susan Bendinelli

Susan Gorin

Susan Thompson

The Heck Foundation

The Swig Foundation

Thea Hensel

Theresa Burke

Tim Bacon

Tom von Tersch & Meg Beeler

Ulrich Dahmen

Wendy Born

Wendy Krupnick

WLW Investment Trust

 

Fellow Travelers: $10,000+

A & G Stanchfield Trust

An Anonymous Advisor

An Anonymous Donor

John & Tina Keker

Maria Cardamone & Gordon Paul Mathews

Tompkins/Imhoff Family Fund

Will and Julie Parish, LandPaths partners, together creating 1,000 acres of protected land at Bohemia

 

Beloved Benefactors: $1,000-$9,999

Active 20-30 Club of the Redwood Empire

Amy's Kitchen

Anonymous Donor

Bart Westcott

Charles Brady

David Kohlmeister & Amy Mortensen

Deidre Harrison

Ellie Insley

Gordon Paul Matthews & Maria Cardamone

Howard & Barbara Wollner

Jean Schulz

John & Melody McNulty

Julia L. Grant Donor Advised Fund

Kathy Scott

Lou & Susan Preston

Meg Hurt

Melanie Gallagher

Noel Bouck

Patricia & Ted Eliot

Peggy Flynn & Lex McCorvey

Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery, Inc.

Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club

Sonoma Compost

Tietz Family Foundation

Tina Hannon

Warren & Janis Watkins

WHH Foundation

 

Super Sustaining Supporters:  $250-$999

Agilent

Alan Siegle

Amanda Haas

Ashley Sansome

Barbara MacKenzie

Beth Martinez

Bob Truax & Steve Whiteman

Bruce & Connie Kinnison

Bryon & Andrea Sheets

Calpine Corporation

Carol & Dale Achabal

Carol Orme

Cheryl A. Maynard & j. Anthony Mountain

Chevron Humankind Matching Gift Program

Clair Werner

Craig Hazel

Curt Kimble

Danny Hagans

Darrin Jenkins

David & Sandra Belda

David Hardy

Dennis Martino

Derek & Chris Denniston

Diane Gibson

Dr. Thomas Crane

Ed & Kirsten Cutler

Eleanor Kneibler

Elizabeth Adams

Ellie Trussell

Eric Anderson

Friends of Mark West Watershed

Gerald Villarreal

Hanford ARC

Harold Appleton

Harry & Dee Richardson

Harvey & Deborah Shein

Henry McNeely

Intuit Foundation

James Adams

Jane Witkowski

Janet & Walter Drucker

Jason Family Foundation

Joan Chalk

Joe Riedel

John & Mary Burgess

Kay Ashbrook

Kris Brown

Kurt & Debbie Shaver

Kyle Ashton

Larry Martin

Laura Smith

Lee Hackeling

Lee McCarthy-Smith

Lisa Ireland

Liz & George Landreth

Madrone Audobon Society

Marcia Coleman

Mark Jacobsen & Pamela Laird

Marthe & Steve Norwick

Martin & Ruth Wilson

Mary Luttrell

MaryAnn Nickel

Mitchel Family Fund

Monique Semp

Natasha Granoff

Nolan Hughes

Pacific Watershed Associates

Pat & Dan Solter

Patrick Emery

Patrick Paglen

Rhonda Berney

Richard & Katherine Harkness

Richard Abazia

Richard Heifetz

Richard Power

Richard Radcliffe

Rick & Sue Kavinoky

Robert Fink

Roberta Hartmann

Sally Wood

Santa Rosa Cycling Club

Stephen & Julia Ann Fenner

Steve Harris

Steve & Christine Meacham

Steve Harper

Steve Isaacson

Summit State Bank

Tim Choate

Tom Brumfield & Carole Herman

Wendy Born

William & Joyce Cox

William Waymack

 

Stalward Stewards:  $100-$249

Abigail Zoger

Adam Reyes

Aileen Santos

Al & Cherry Baumann

Alan Siraco & Am&a Roze

Aleta Drummond & Rick Cole

Alex Mallonee

Alexander Stagnaro

Alicia Nourse

Alison Pearson

Alison Willets

Amie Glass

Amy Hutchinson

Andrea English

Andrew Jacobson

Andrew Leuzinger

Andrew Zarrillo

Anna Woods & Elizabeth Penn

Anne & Wallace Trujillo

Anne Chadwick Charitable Trust

Annette Steiner

Austin McInerny & Celeste Mccartney

Barbara Chasteen

Barbara Moulton & Tom Helm

Barbara Vaughan

Barbara Wilson

Barrie Eddy

Betsy Sliney

Bette Smith

Bill & Elizabeth Hearn

Bob & Edith Nelson

Bree Arthur

Brian Geagan

Brian Whistler

Brian Wilson

Bruce & Connie Martin

Bruce Forsythe & Jaqueline Mendoza

Carol Cole & David Bassing

Catherine & Chuck Quibell

Catherine & Lee Smith

Cathy Parker

Charles Schwab Foundation

Chris Carrieri & Connie Cloak

Chuck & Barbara McLaughlin

Craig McCaleb

Craig Meltzner

Dana Glei

Daniel McNevin

David & Laura Stevens

David Deioma

David Loeb

David O'Donnell

Debra & Joseph Link

Debra Martin

Deirdre Obrien

Diane & Bryant Hichwa

Dickson Yeager

Don & Ann Hines

Don Bradley

Doug & Ann Hanford

Ed Elkin

Eileen Drew & Lance Rosedale

Eileen Fong- Jang & Forrest Jang

Elaine Pierce

Elizabeth Howland

Erica Jennison

Erin Spivak

Everett & Ilene Traverso

Farida Fox

Frank Sottile & Penny Sirota

Gary & Linda Felt

Gary Crossan

Gayle Guynup

Gena Gerard

Grant & Lei Syphers

Gregory & Kathi Jacobs

Gretchen & David Goetz

Griffin Okie

Irene Ehret

Jack & Saundra Tickner

Jack Ziegler

Jackie Skvaril & Logan Faust

James & Jean Barnett

Jan Conlon

Jane Lang

Jane Okon

Janet Black

Janet Moore

Jean Holroyd-Sills

Jean Terribilini

Jennifer McKenzie

Jennifer Murray

Jenny Downing

Jill Cornwell & Barry Nelson

Jim & Amy Sullivan

Jim & Kathy Sparling

Jim & Melinda Moir

Jim McAdler

Joan Bacci

Joan Hackeling

Joan Merriss

Joe McNeany

Joel Reiter

John & Sara Donnelly

John Chute

John Lounsbery

John Maderious

John Mock

John Reid

John Richards

Jon & Vina Breyfogle

Jon Pappas

Julie Veenstra

Julina Cross

Justin Gill

Karen Fichman

Karen Guenther

Kat Stephens

Kate Symonds

Kathleen Hardy

Kathleen Neuwirth

Kathy Jelin

Kathy Laffan

Keith Abeles & Amy Levin

Ken Burkhardt & Mercedes Terezza

Ken Foote

Kerry Granshaw

Kimberly Higuchi

L& Trust Alliance

Laraine Downer

Laura Crockett

Laurence D Landa & Scott James Wright

Leah Garrison

Lee & Wini Jebian

Lee & Wini Jebian

Lena Chyle

Linda & Jerry Johnston

Linda Schneider

Linnea Tennison

Louisa Leavitt

Lucienne Wurr

Lynn Cominsky

Marcy & Jim Beck

Marek Mierzwinski

Maria Mazer

Mark Chavez

Mark Wyatt

Mary Anne Turbeville

Matt Taylor

Meg Hamill

Melisa Dunbar

Mette Seager

Michael & Helen Bates

Michael Ann Brown

Michael Diskin

Michael Hale

Michele & Timothy Barnes

Michele Quigley-Borg

Mick & Cora Lovel&

Mike & Virginia Deegan

Monica Schwalbenberg-Pena

Mrs. Julie Vasquez

Ninotchka Horwitz

Pamela Domino

Patricia Downey

Patty & Paul Schoch

Paul & Gail Schwarz

Paul & Yael Bernier

Paula Hackeling

Paula Shatkin

Phina Borgeson

Phyllis Guttman

Prue Draper

Randall Arnold

Ray Hendess

Richard & Pamela Beebe

Rick & Sharon Abbott

Robert & Linda Judd

Roger & Sara Purdue

Roland Wiebe

S. Brantly & Nancy Richardson

Samantha Reslock

Sandra Messer

Sara Winge

Scott & Shirley Chilcott

Serge Abramovich

Sharon Cottrell

Sharon Fisher

Stephen Mack

Stephen Wells

Steve & Susan Vargas

Steve Zwick

Steven P. Punte

Steven Rodgers

Steven Striepeke

Susan & John Strong

Susan & Joseph Gorin

Susan & Michael Bendinelli

Sylvia Fisher

Terry David Winter

Terry Oden

Tim Mayer

Timothy Schuman

Tom Moorman

Tom Richardson

Victoria Fullerton

Wendy Osborne

Wendy Struhl

William Blake

William Levisay

William Zavora


Family Pride:  $50 - $99

Alan Pedrazzi

Albert McDonald

Alexander Valley Union School Club

Ames Grisanti

An & Sheth

Andrea Evans

Andrea Record

Andrew Smith

Angela & Max Cordova

Ann Butler

Anne Iocco

Anne Purcell

Arlene & Bob Weis

Arno Harris

Barbara Alexander

Beth Lamb

Bev Leve

Beverly Schwartz

Beverly Singer

Bill & Jeanne Whitaker

Bill McCausl &

Bill Streett & Kathleen Tarmann

Bob & Linda Shepard

Bonnie Bridges

Bonnie Karlsen

Brian Acker

Bruce Abramson

Bryce & Christine Gevas

Carla Thomas

Carol Sklenicka

Carolyn Graham

Carolyn Metz

Carrie Healy

Caryn Reading

Catherine Phillips

Catherine Sharp

Charles Haseltine

Charles Peifer & Therese McNeany-Peifer

Charlotte Fiorito

Chris & Jacquie Mann

Chris Baldenhofer

Chris Coppinger

Christine Dektor

Christine Peterson

Chuck Parent

Cindy Sauvignon

Colin Joy & Rheyna Laney

Colleen Pedrazzi

Cori Herzig Gullion

Dagmar Hoheneck

Dan Nuebel

David Dillman

David Smith

David Wendt

Dean Anderson

Deborah Salomon

Don & Elaine Ransom

Don D'Avanzo

Don Thoman

Donna Norrell

Doris Duncan & Natalie Jones

Doug Roberts

Douglas & Janice Pile

Duane & Ursula Nibblett

Durs Koenig

Earle Cummings

Ed Anchordoguy

Ed Hasson

Elaine Minton

Elaine Ramires & Jon Western

Elizabeth Gould

Elizabeth Herron

Elizabeth Ravenscroft

Ellen & David Braswell & Livesay

Ellen Brosbe

Ellen S. Jori

Emily Baker

Eric Fessenden & Kristie Gardner

Erika Floric & Lisa Revere

Erin Sheffield

Flora Field

Frank Sarmir

Fred Ptucha

Gail Gardener

Gail Van Buuren

Gary & Melanie Lathen

Geoff & Deborah Perel

Geraldine Magers

Gerson Finlev

Gladys Jennings

Gloria Heinzl

Greer Doohan

Gretchen Braren

Gretchen Kishbaugh Ph.D.

Helen Gillespie

Helen Kochenderfer

Henry White

Hugh Helm

Ingrid Hochreln

Isha Erskine

Jane Nielson

Janis & Warren Watkins

Jaqueline Lindenfeld & Romualdas Simonaitis

Jason Bucky

Jason Yeager

Jaynese Davis

Jean Hackenburg

Jeff & Bobbie Ryder

Jeff Brown

Jeff Cox

Jennifer Marano

Jennifer Richardson

Jim Horn

Joan Maxwell

John & Jayne Danner

John & Johanna Knight

John Bauer

John Bruce

John Cruz & Kay Hanlon Cruz

John Lynch

John Sinclair

Jonathon Mann

Joyce Williams

Judith Wood

Judy Brinkerhoff

Kallie Kull

Karen Sapper

Karin Koelle

Karol Kopley

Kathie Merrill

Kathleen Paine

Kathryn Kettler

Kathy Morris

Kelly  & Ben Vanzutphen

Kelly Denno

Kurt Heffernon

Lalona & Cal McDonald

Lance Goller

Lawrence Wilcox

Lel & Mellen

Leslie Curchack

Linda Carroll

Linda Swartz

Linda Ward

Lindsay Marcom

Lisa Granger

Lisa Puentes-Wright

Lisa Thomas

Liz Reeve

Loie Sauer & Daniel Goldfield

Lois Cohen

Louis Roberts

Louise Johnston

Lynn Morton-Weil

Lynn Neary

M. J. Wickham

Mara Finerty

Marc Alex &er

Marilyn & Fred Buss

Marilyn Martinez

Mark Crescione

Mary Ann Huckabay PH.D.

Mary Briggs & Dave Rogers

Matthew Greco

Megan Kalstad

Melinda McCutcheon

Michael & Patricia Hayes

Michael Murphy

Michael Poley

Michelle Luster

Milinda Maeso

Ms. Molly Matheson

Nancy & Andy Fleming

Nancy Chien-Eriksen

Nancy Higham

Neil & Peggy Kostick

Nick Johnson

Nora Carberry

Orienne Bennett

Pamela Cook

Pat & Emilie Munsch

Patti Stack

Patti Williams

Paul & Nancy Van West

Paul & Sherrie Corbett

Paul Berg

Paula Shatkin

Peggy Elliott

Penelope Knapp

Peter Connors

Peter Hamel

Peter Harris

PG& E Corporation Foundation

Pierre La Plant

R &all Gibbons

Randall Serrurier & Robin Hale

Randy & Louise Lieb

Raymond Rapp

Rebecca Baumgras

Renee Johnson & Mike Rotondo

Richard Ely

Richard Ingram & Pamela Harrington

Richard Zulch

Rita McGowan

Roberta Delgado

Robinn & Larrie Goldsmith

Rod Decker

Ron Dodge

Rosemary Rasori

Sam Mills

Samuel TwoBears

Sandra Fisher

Sandra Martensen

Sarah Dole

Sarah Yardley

Saroj Heron & Gary M. Carmignani

Schuyler & Joan Richardson

Sibyl Buganin & Ross R &rup

Silas Martin

Stephen Burke

Stephen Hill

Stephen O'Brien

Steve & Valerie Nagle

Steve Foreman

Steve Warnert

Steven Thomas

Sudia Paloma McCaleb

Susan Kirks

Susan Zerwick

Suzanne E. Bond & Ken Steuben

Ted Rollheiser

Tedd Waddell

Tenley Wurglitz

The Boeing Company

Tim Hoffman

Timothy &erson

Tineke Lanser

Titus Koenig

Tom & Barbara Wysham

Tom Hoppin & Jo Ann Hoppin

Tom Lambert

Tommy Shearer

Tracy Gould

Ulrich Honighausen

United Way of Wine Country

Van Pena

Vicki Parks Cochrane & Joe Cochrane

Virginia Strom-Martin & Don Martin

Viviane & Kenny Ernstes

William & Lucy Kortum

William Bridges

William Cassidy III

William Stuart


Individual Angels:  $35-$49

Adele Pickar

Andrea Rainey

Ann Howald

Anne West

Anthony Simontacchi

Brendan Brown

Brighid FitzGibbon

C&ace Fox

Carolyn Reynolds

Ch&ra Stephens

Christopher Murray

Colin McNamara

Corinne Helman

Courtney Buntjer

Cynthia Kayser & Larry Norall

Dale Trowbridge

David Bice

David Gordon & Siri Larssen

David Kuszmar

David Salm

David Shatkin

David Woolley

Dean Arthur

Deana Abramowitz & Joel Reif

Deanna Young

Decker Smith

Donna LaGraffe

Doug Snow

Dr. Zeno Swijtink & Thalia Dewolf

Dru Parks

Ed & Connie Montague

Ed Thompson

Edy Ullman & Bruce Gorden

Elissa Fisher

Elizabeth Churilla

Ellen Cruz

Flora Lee Ganzler

Gail Dubinsky Spielman

Gary Clifton

Gary Diamond

Gary Getchell

Gary Stern

Gayle P. Alexander & Wanda Swenson

Gerrit & Mary Blom

Gus diZerega

Heather Frank

Heidi Herrmann

Howard & June Moes

Jacki Malin

Jamie Arime

Jan Kiely & Robert Ahders

Janice Gullarian

Jeff Langdon

Jeffrey Whitebear Domagalski

Jill Nussinow

Jim & Sandy McAdler

Jim Hamilton

Joe & Shawna Gannon

Jonathan De Michael

Judy Flowers

Judy Koehler

Kathleen Cooke

Kathryn M. Cross & Michael J.Giari

Kent Mitchell & Carla Howell

Les & Donna DeLaBriandais

Linda Herbert

Lisa Rost

Loren Hall

Lynn La Count

Marcia Hince

Margaret Bishop & Geoffery King

Mark & Colleen Obergfell

Mary Ann Graf

Matt Fritzinger

Matthew Gerhart

Merry Meier

Michael Cote

Mike & Nancy Legan

Mirin Lew

Mollie LaPlante

Monica Kamsvaag

Moss Henry

Nancy Packard

Paul & Rebecca Van Lith

Peter Griffith

Rebecca Perlroth

Rick &res & LiHui Tsai

Rick Risbrough

Robert Howe

Robert Quigley

Russ & Judy Dieter

Sandi Funke

Sarah Phelps

Scott Sauer

Shannon Griffith

Shawn Kilat

Shel Bachus

Sherri &erson

Susan Burnett-Hampson

Susan Hall

Susan Jungfrau

Taraneh Abramson

Ted & Tracy Appel

Teresa Tuffli

Tom Greer

Vicki Vaughn

Zeena Janowsky

 

 

Posted by Meg Hamill at 12:34
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Remembering Pete Seeger

Peteseeger 1940s

(Photo Credit:  Joseph A. Horne, via the Library of Congress/Public Domain)

We lost a great American earlier this week, but in the larger scheme of things we really should be thankful and celebrate the life of Pete Seeger.

And sing. 

Sing while doing yard work, around the campfire, sing on the way to work, whether an annoying fast food jingle hummed softly or Wee-Ma-Way belted out in the relative privacy of your vehicle.  Pete liked it that way. 

From the NY Times in Tuesday’s edition, “Seeger…spent a long career championing folk music as both a vital heritage and a catalyst for social change…”   Pete Seeger, it should be no mystery, actually was a major inspiration to LandPaths in its work of connecting people to land as a change agent to live richer lives right here in Sonoma County, towards a more whole community, a better world. 

Pete Seeger has remained one of my primary heroes for as long as I can remember.  In 1978 I picked up a five-string banjo for the first time and learned a Bob Dylan song.  In 2010, at a national conference on the East Coast, I was tasked with leading 1,200 of my colleagues in land and community conservation from around the world in a song about farming and relationship with land.  I asked this 1,200-voice chorus, before the downbeat, to sing out with passion in honor of Pete Seeger and his action of speaking up, singing out and standing firm for how we want to shape our world for good. 

Apparently Pete was chopping wood just 10 days before he passed, according to his grandson, and had been seen in recent years in small towns in the Catskill Mountains of upstate NY – according to my eldest brother who lives there - playing his banjo on street corners with friends to passers by in order to promote peace.   May the grandmothers and grandfathers of our farms and wild places, the keepers of our stories and those who would speak out, even sing out, for what is good in this world, live long and be known for the good that they have sewn.  Just like the hero to many of us, Pete Seeger. 

~Craig Anderson 

 

Posted by Craig Anderson at 09:43

Directors View: A Shared Community Tragedy and Shared Need for Engagement with Land

Craig

Even though LandPaths has been working this past ten years to reach out in an authentic and heartfelt way to the diversity that is Sonoma County - to those historically left out of the benefits that come from conservation work and with having parklands near where they live.

Even though we have envisioned, built and run the Bayer Farm and Gardens in Roseland this past six years – as a place of hope in partnership with the City of Santa Rosa and the people of Roseland,

Even though we have provided for the past 14 years a place-based, multi-visit environmental education program for nearly 1000 students per year – many of them from Latino families,

Even though this is all true we have realized there is so much more work to do.  In fact, in the face of the gun violence that took so many innocent lives at Sandy Hook Elementary school in December of last year I penned a letter stating on our website, in effect, 

“LandPaths must and will do more for our youth, that they have the chance to be touched by the power of land and connection to it and both the opportunity to be young and outdoors but the responsibility to help care for it, and we will do this as an Community-based Organization that uses the connection of people to land as a means for bettering both land and people. 

Even though this challenge was made and LandPaths staff responded this year by piloting a program entitled Inspired Forward connecting teens from urban and challenged backgrounds to the outdoors through leadership development, healthy food and service to the land, there is still more to do.   

If we as a conservation organization have learned anything from working more closely with the Latino Community this past six years it is the following four things:  

1.   We are most likely to succeed when we arrive with a PURPOSE but not a fully-formed PLAN.   The development of programs and infrastructure to provide people access to land must be done in partnership, and with the input of those being ‘served.’

2.   Consistency, expressed in just showing up and then continuing to show up over the long-term in order to be in relationship 

3.   Volunteers and community members being served respond positively to the dignity of responsibility.  Everyone needs a role, to be entrusted with adding value to a thing larger than themselves.  

4.   LandPaths can’t change anyone or anything unless IT is willing to change from within.  This has included having 3 staff of our 15 staff members who are bilingual and bicultural.  It has also included the LandPaths board of directors to include people from an increasing diversity of cultural backgrounds, points of view and age.   

Ultimately, we ALL can do this – attempt to address a tragedy with both hope and gritty determination to help our community heal.   We have so much going for us; Luther Burbank referred to our county as the chosen place.   With one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world, the highest volunteerism rate in California, farms stands and farmers markets, a tax dollar-funded mechanism for protecting lands wild and working, greenbelt and as parks, with people spanning the continuum of the human situation from gay to straight, conservative to liberal, young and old and speaking a minimum of 14 languages and a beautiful spectrum of color of skin, we can do this.   

It will take work, and it will take love.  Above all it will take listening and rolling up our sleeves and being willing to get down to work, together. 

Posted by Craig Anderson at 09:07

A Trail's Happy Ending, and Beginning

Tam From ESlope 132116 years from when LandPaths and other partners first began work on this project, the 1.3-mile, East Slope of the Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail, extending from Jack London State Park, passing over numerous privately held tracts of land, and offering expansive views of the Sonoma Valley and San Francisco Bay, has at long last, been approved.

Since its inception in 1996, LandPaths has found its relevance and obligation in seeking out unprecedented solutions to provide for public access and the public good. In November of 1997, Craig Anderson strategized and signed an agreement with the McCrea Family to plan for, design and build a trail across their family land.

It was land that the District had just preserved forever and the agreement was heralded as one of only a handful in the county to link public parks with a trail access across private land. This was the beginning of what has now been approved as the East Slope of the Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail.

LandPaths received grants for the project and actually completed construction upon the stretch of trail over the McCrea property. However, months prior to the trail opening, the McCrea property was sold and lawyers discovered that the paperwork granting the county an easement had never been completed, allowing the new buyer to reject the trail, even though it was already under construction.

LandPaths and other partners pursued nearly a decade of legal action with these new owners, steadfast in our mission to find creative solutions that will get the people of Sonoma County outside and connecting with their local landscape. Over these years, Craig spent many hours in the field, deepening relationships with landowners and keeping the vision of this trail alive. This time spent face to face, with boots on the ground, eventually resulted in new agreements that led to this week's final approval. 

LandPaths is delighted to witness this fantastic movement forward. Final approval to begin construction (again) on the East Slope of Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail demonstrates a willingness by private landowners to work together with local and state agencies and local nonprofits in the name of the public good.

Posted by Meg Hamill at 10:44

36 New Opportunities to Get Outside!

Poff Ranch 1.26.13 004LandPaths and The Open Space District have teamed up for the September 2013-September 2014 season, for 36 free, public outings to Open Space District owned or protected sites, including ample family-friendly and bilingual opportunities.

LandPaths is always planning - planning how we can, as a community, discover and learn about the land by experiencing our backyard - working farms, parks, preserves, and other open spaces. These places are integral to the foundation and future of Sonoma County's beauty and bounty.

This year marks our 14th year of a successful, public outings partnership with Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District.  In those years we have experienced the County - ranches and redwoods, oaks and owls, creeks and coast, in English and Spanish, with a paddle or picnic, featuring landowners, community organizations, and local heroes - with thousands of you.

Working together, we can sink into, for a few hours or a few days, the county's diverse open space - doing whatever it is you love most - paddling, camping, trekking, stargazing, bug-hunting, berry picking, even skipping - and building an appreciation for the land and community with every step.

LandPaths Outings that are supported by the Open Space District are free of charge.  After all, these lands are protected by our County's Open Space District by virtue of your tax dollars.  The Open Space District is funded by a quarter-cent sales tax here in Sonoma County.
LandPaths Outings make getting outdoors easy - helping YOU, your friends and family get outdoors more often.  Some of the outings explore new parks, others are guided hikes on private lands. Some properties are on their way to becoming parks, while others are 6th-generation family farms with a wealth of history and produce to be shared.  With well over 30 properties, and 110,000 acres protected by the District, we can be busy every weekend of the year hearing the stories behind the views. LandPaths' goal with our Outings program is to forge new partnerships, interests and cultural understandings of the land in order to keep our offerings fun, expansive, relevant and accessible to everyone who lives here in Sonoma County.  
Posted by Meg Hamill at 10:52
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