October 2nd Presentation: Mission Blue-SF

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Program: Restoration of Twin Peaks for Mission Blue Butterfly Habitat: Stories, Surprises and New Paradigms in Restoration

Date: Thursday, October 02, 2014 7:30pm

Speaker: Lech Naumovich

Location: Recreation Room, Francisco County Fair Building

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Master Restoration Certificate Program

Rare Plant Seed Collection Workshop at East Bay Park Districts Serpentine Prairie

Rare Plant Seed Collection Workshop at East Bay Park Districts Serpentine Prairie

We are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2014-2015 Fall Master Restoration Certificate. This program aims to be a welcoming and professional way to jump-start your career as a restoration/conservation practitioner with a community of students striving towards similar goals. Whether you want to acquire the tools to become an employable land manager, a more successful volunteer leader, or just round out your conservation knowledge, this program aims to offer a unique melange of formal instruction from professionals in the field, volunteerism/internship, and a guided independent project.

Please download the informational brochure and application here. Applications for Fall 2014 close on October 15th. We anticipate a class size of 4-7 students for this year. We will interview and have an orientation meeting shortly following acceptance. Applications will be reviewed in order received. Continue reading

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Restoration Session at the 2015 CA Native Plant Society Conservation Conference

We’re honored and excited to be co-chairing the Restoration sessions of the 2015 CNPS Conservation Conference with Bruce Orr of Stillwater Science. We already have an exciting group of abstracts, but we’re hoping to get a few more to fill in some content goals. Please read below and see if you might have something to present. Abstract deadline is July 31, 2014.

Mission Blue Crew members removing targeted non-native weeds in Mission Blue butterfly habitat. SF, CA.

Mission Blue Crew members removing targeted non-native weeds in Mission Blue butterfly habitat. SF, CA.

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Botanists – Plant Hunters – Outdoor Enthusiasts: What to find and collect in the East Bay

The Unvouchereds

We have compiled a list of 119 plant taxa from Alameda and Contra Costa Counties (East Bay), California which need to be vouchered. Data was extracted from Ertter and Naumovich’s 2013 Annotated Checklist of the Flora of the East Bay. All plants presented in this list are from the “main list” of the Flora. Note: codes and abbreviations are not reproduced from the original checklist.

We hope this list will help inspire botanical exploration of the East Bay. 

If you’ve never collected, please team up with someone with experience and proper permits to ensure your collection is correctly (and legally) documented.

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Stewardship-Palooza: Bay Area Open Space Council Gathering

Dec2012_GH-Garber Dec2012_GH-Garber2We are honored to be working with the exceptionally talented Bay Area Open Space Council staff on a meeting that features a wide variety of talented organizations that have unique perspectives to bring to stewardship of our Bay Area lands. Lech Naumovich from Golden Hour Restoration Institute will be moderating the discussion.

 

Our goal is to link together a more complete story about land stewardship – from habitat preserves to first peoples to dinner tables, thoughtful human hands on a landscape have created one of the most vibrant metropolitan areas in the world.

Read more here (and get on the waiting list): Bay Area Open Space Council.  

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Master Restoration certificate survey extended to Friday

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Due to an overwhelming response via email and by phone, we will be extending the survey window until this Friday, 3/14/14. We wanted to thank everybody for their input so far, it has been enlightening and extremely helpful. Thank you for spreading the word about the survey and restoration training.

Here’s the link: http://goo.gl/k2ho09

Sincerely,
Lech and the Golden Hour board

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Master Restoration Certificate: Survey Open until March 10

First of all I wanted to thank you all for your patience and support of the Master Restoration Certificate. As we [excitedly] work towards putting together the inaugural Master Restoration Certification course, I wanted to gather your critical opinions about such a program in a short 5 minute survey (if this survey is pertinent to you – i.e. you’re interested in the concept or idea of getting a Master Restoration Certificate) Please forward to others whom you think may be interested as you may be included here as a professional with contacts. Survey linked here: http://goo.gl/k2ho09

Survey closes on March 10 at midnite.

 

photoAlso… one randomly selected survey participant will get a lightly used hardcover copy of Laura Cunningham’s amazing book: A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California (but you need to include your contact/email for this). Thank you for your invaluable time!

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Point Molate: Goat Grazing as a Restoration Tool?

point molate grasslands lechphotoPoint Molate is an intriguing landscape. In one direction, pristine native coastal grasslands surrounded by patches of native coast scrub. In other areas, dense, decadent eucalpytus forest towers over a seemingly monocultural understory of French broom. In other areas – 99% French Broom cover from soil to sky.

This area is of particular interest to Golden Hour because it’s extant resources and potential for restoration are unique for non-serpentine habitats. In fact, this is one of the few sites we expect will respond to restoration quickly due to its coastal climate influences, intact native flora, and intact native fauna. Point Molate is ripe for restoration.  Continue reading

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Conservation and Restoration in a Regulatory Framework

Coast live oak forests will likely expand in the East Bay hills with this FEMA proposed treatment.

Coast live oak forests are undergoing massive impacts from Sudden Oak Death. These conditions are important for any project proposals in and around oak woodland habitat.

This past week, I was honored to present on my 15 years of experience in the conservation world. My experiences draw from restoration work, to research, to CEQA compliance, to mitigation banks and beyond. I’ve seen the good, but I’ve also witnessed the bad and ugly. With about 20 CDFW staff, we created a round-robin environment wherein agency staff presented difficulties and success stories alike around their diverse projects. Often, they are required to have a vast ranging set of skills and knowledge from the plant on up to the  ecosystem level.  We talked about everything from oaks to native vs. naturalized vegetation to annual grasses and more.  Continue reading

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Two Great December Workshops, with More to Come

We had two extremely successful workshops in December to finish off the 2013 year. At Twin Peaks, Our Mission Blue Crew, planted four sets of experimental host and nectar plants plots. We used planting density as a variable, hoping to see if establishment or plant use will change with clustering plants more tightly.Mission Blue Crew - Dec 2013

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