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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
Lech and the Golden Hour board
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.
Also… 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!
Point 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
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
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.
We’ve enjoyed a really amazing year with lots of great projects and hundreds of volunteers… but 2014 is looking even more amazing – please do take a moment to read about our 2013 Year in Review. We’d love your support this year especially as we strengthen existing programs and encourage new ones. Please click here for our donate page. Continue reading
We’re happy to announce that Golden Hour Restoration Institute was listed as a “Top-Rated Non-Profit of 2013″ by the Great Nonprofits organization. Thanks to our students and board for all the support – we couldn’t have done it without you all!
We are REALLY excited to announce our newest set of workshops in collaboration with Garber Park Stewards. This group serves as a model for the kind of work we’d like to see California-wide. GPS has consistently turned out great volunteers through great volunteer leadership. These workshops are fun, informative, and open to everyone who RSVP’s in time (although space is limited)!
Please check them out here: http://www.garberparkstewards.org/
The Golden Hour Restoration Institute is partnering with the San Francisco Rec and Parks Department and US Fish and Wildlife Service on an exciting project that will help restore federally threatened Mission Blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides missionensis) habitat. We have created a management program from years of research and stewardship projects which have allowed us to better understand how the butterfly can survive successfully in a constrained urban habitat. We will talk about restoration and habitat throughout the workdays.
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We are extremely excited to announce that our pilot Master Restoration Certificate (MRC) program is nearing launch. We will be partnering up with some of the most well established training programs in order to provide boundless field-based expertise and breadth to our certificate program. 2014 will be the time to join us and help create something truly special.
We’re looking for a first class of 10 individuals to help launch this program and provide us a critical review of this training methodology. Could that be you? Read more and decide for yourself. Continue reading
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