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eNewsletter | June 2022

In This Month's Edition

  • RCD Updates: Gleason Beach Coastal Retreat Project,  RCD's at Fire Safe Sonoma's Fire Alliance Meeting
  • Resources: Get your biosecurity plan written by the University of California, 50 Years Since Christo's Fence Plan: A Panel Discussion with Those Who Were There, Burn Plan Resources from California PBA
  • Workshops: Rapid-fire Research, Sugarloaf trail Crew, Santa Rosa Creek Cleanup, Volunteer Workday
  • Other News: Farmer Survey-USDA Conservation Programs, CARCD is Hiring!

What's New at Gold Ridge?

Gleason Beach Coastal Retreat Project


The Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District has entered into a long-term partnership with Caltrans to plan, design and implement projects to satisfy the mitigation conditions for the Gleason Beach Roadway Realignment Project along Highway 1. The highway project will impact sensitive habitats in the Scotty Creek watershed, and so mitigation will occur within the watershed on the Ballard Ranch.


The Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District has a long-standing relationship with the landowner of the Ballard Ranch and will work with the landowner and Caltrans to improve the health of the watershed by enhancing and creating instream salmonid habitat, coastal wetlands, coastal terrace prairie habitat to benefit the Myrtle’s silverspot bufferfly, and habitat for the California red-legged frog. Project elements will include livestock fencing to protect the Scotty Creek riparian corridor, implementation of rotational grazing plan, livestock water system improvements, and long-term ecological monitoring to evaluate project success. The Gold Ridge Resource Conservation District is proud to be partner in this project.

The Gold Ridge & Sonoma RCD's will be at Fire Safe Sonoma's Fire Alliance Meeting!

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Fire Safe Sonoma is hosting Sonoma County's Resource Conservation Districts at their monthly Fire Alliance Meeting! We are grateful for the invitation and will be excited to share all the wonderful work that RCD's do for Sonoma County Residents. It will be Thursday, June 16 at 2 PM, come join us!

Click here to register!
Click here to watch live on Youtube!

Board Meetings

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Want to know more about what the RCD is doing? Want to get to know our Board? You can find details on our Board Meetings here


Get your biosecurity plan written by the University of California

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UC Cooperative Extension is offering to help build an on-farm biosecurity plan for your operation!


Eligible farms include: small-scale, diversified farms (mixed livestock or livestock + fruit/vegetable) including backyard producers.


Why? Be proactive and protect your herd/flock

How? Two on-farm visits with a student and a UC Davis Faculty member/Extension specialist 

When? Sometime between June 20th, 2022 – July 29th, 2022

If you are interested, click here to contact Alda Pires
For more information on Biosecurity, click here

50 Years Since Christo's Fence Plan: A Panel Discussion with Those Who Were There


Several locals who negotiated with Christo on his fence plan early on will reminisce and share their experiences in a panel discussion, including the RCD's own Joe Pozzi. There will also be a screening of the Smithsonian documentary "Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Remembering the Running Fence".

This will be on June 26, from 2pm-5pm. Location and other details can be found here.

Burn Plan Resources from California PBA

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Prescribed Burn Associations (PBAs) are community based, mutual aid networks that help private landowners put “good fire” back on the land. The Cal PBA website is a one-stop location for PBAs in California - providing contact information and useful prescribed fire resources.

They have developed a standardized burn plan template for anyone to use! They also created example burn plans and example incident action plans. Click here to access these resources!



Rapid-fire Research

June 28, 1pm


Register Here

Get up to speed on the latest monarch and pollinator research with Jennifer and Laura from the MJV science team. The Monarch Research Review is a volunteer-driven, annual compendium of published articles available to everyone on the MJV website.


Sugarloaf Trail Crew

June 9, 9am-12pm

In Person

Register Here

Help Sugarloaf with trail restoration work. Work includes bridge and step construction, installing signs, clearing, lifting, carrying and hiking. 

If you are a current Sugarloaf volunteer, log in to Better Impact to sign up. Otherwise, start here to become a volunteer.

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Santa Rosa Creek Cleanup

June 18, 9am-11am

In person

Register Here

We can’t save the ocean unless we stop sending our trash downstream. You can help us break that cycle! Together we can stop adding to the great Pacific Garbage Patch in the middle of the ocean (it's as big as Texas!).


Volunteer Workday

July 2, 8:30am-1pm

In person

Register Here

Roll up your sleeves and get in touch with the land the old fashioned way: by engaging in land stewardship! It’s a great way to demonstrate your love of this place. 

Stay tuned to learn what we’ll be working on for this particular workday.

Other News

Farmer Survey- USDA Conservation Programs


Pollinator Partnership (a 501c3 nonprofit) is conducting this survey under contract for the USDA to learn about California growers’ preferences for on-farm conservation programs.

Responses will be used to improve programs offered by the USDA. To qualify to take this survey, participants must currently own and/or manage farmland in California.  Participants are encouraged to take the survey whether or not they have already participated in a USDA conservation program.

The survey should take about 10 minutes, and all participants who complete this survey will be included in a raffle to win one of ten (10) $50 VISA gift cards.

If you have any questions about this survey, feel free to contact ( or Vicki Wojcik ( at Pollinator Partnership directly.

Click Here to take the survey

CARCD is hiring an Agriculture & Watersheds Project Coordinator


CARCD is looking for an Agriculture & Watersheds Project Coordinator to join their team! They are seeking an eager, detail-oriented entry-level professional to join the Agriculture & Watersheds team and readily begin contributing. A successful Project Coordinator will be able to work in a dynamic environment with a variety of audiences across the State of California with diverse politics, cultural backgrounds, geographic landscapes, and varied readiness to adopt certain principles or practices. Application deadline is June 15, 2022.

To learn more, click here

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