Thank you to our Supporters and Donors! 2014 Annual Report

MBB Crew web2014 has been our most successful year ever! Service-based learning opportunities abounded throughout the Bay Area:

– Mission Blue butterfly larvae were spotted by knowledgeable stewards

– Living fascines were built with volunteer hands to reinforce areas of eroding soil

– Youth in Richmond experienced their first (rainy) taste of one of the Bay’s richest coastal grassland environments in their own backyard.

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Our supporters have made this all happen with generous donations of time, ideas and money. Without you all we’d have half of our annual budget and we wouldn’t be able to restore, teach and guide at the same level. Grassland restoration at TP - Nov 2014Here’s our annual report for 2014.

Thank you and happy holidays to all of you wonderful people.


Lech Naumovich, Executive Director Golden Hour Restoration Institute

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California Native Plant Society 2015 Conservation Conference


The 2015 CNPS conservation conference will be happening in San Jose from January 15 through the 17th. This conference only occurs once every three years, and its truly a wonderful event for all. I’ve been fortunate to serve as a conference steering committee member, session co-chair, workshop presenter and helped in various capacities as an organizer and presenter. This is truly a remarkable event and I encourage you to come down even for a day to celebrate, learn about, and enjoy our fantastic vegetation resources.

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Master Restoration Certification… still open

We’re excited to announce that we have sent out letters of acceptance to a few of our new Master Restoration Certification Fellows. We still have a couple of spots open, so if you’re still interested, we’d love to hear from you.

Please plant a seed and apply by Oct. 31.

Volunteers at Pier 94 spreading seed at a restoration site

Volunteers at Pier 94 spreading seed at a restoration site



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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

Coyote brush transplant - smlWe 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 24th. 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:

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:

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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