David Lewis, Watershed Advisor
Michael Lennox, Ranch Planning & Conservation Monitoring Coordinator
Recognizing stewardship services on Marin’s ranches
We organized the one-day shortcourse “Rangeland Services and Payments: Getting Your Due for All That You Do on the Land.” This was a continuation of our ongoing program goal to facilitate increased understanding and application of Ecosystem Services on Marin’s ranches and farms, and compliments last year’s shortcourse "Ecosystem Services Defined and In Practice." It was developed specifically to offer ranchers the opportunity to learn more about how to measure, communicate, and capture returns from the varied services they provide. These include the multiple benefits to the environment through conservation and stewardship on their lands, in addition to the world class agricultural products they produce. Their rangelands supply habitat, clean water, productive soil and numerous other valuable environmental services. All of the day’s materials and presentations can be accessed through the shortcourse resources.
County commission supports environmental education and restoration projects
The Marin County Fish & Wildlife Commission recommended that the Board of Supervisors fund nine projects totaling $9,233 on restoration of and education about wildlife and fisheries in Marin County. This included awards to Point Reyes Station Dance Palace Community Center, Friends of Corte Madera Creek Watershed, Mill Valley Streamkeepers, Tyee Foundation, Marin Audubon Society, North Bay Trout Unlimited, Wildcare, and Point Reyes National Seashore. Read more about these projects in the Commission's newsletter.
“I gained more advocacy and educational talking points... There was a great balance of different viewpoints and pieces of the big picture... This has been the best seminar I have been to in decades!”
- "Rangeland Services and Payments" workshop participant