April 27,  2016 

In this Communication
*Carbon Farm Plan Application
*Cannabis Growers BMPs
*Human Race for Conservation
*Sonoma County Climate Action Plan

*Food Action Plan Inventory Project 

Carbon Farm Plan Application

Interested in the RCD writing a Carbon Farm Plan for your Ranch or Farm? Apply before May 31st.
We are looking for landowners or land managers in the Gold Ridge District to apply to receive a Carbon Farm Plan. Want to partake in the global movement to improve soil, positively impact climate change and be a local leader in climate resiliency? The Gold Ridge RCD is seeking ranchers and farmers interested in developing carbon farm plans through the LandSmartâ„¢ program.
Watershed BMPs for Cannabis Growers 
and other Rural Gardeners
Mendocino RCD has published a "Watershed Best Management Practices for Cannabis Growers and Other Rural Gardeners". You can download it free here,

This 53-page booklet covers best practices for water use, water capture and storage, fertilizer and pest management, soil and human waste disposal as well as teaches the how and why of having an active land stewardship ethic in your cannabis or other garden.
You can request a copy for short-term rental by contacting Adriana@goldridgercd.org or by dropping by our office. 

Check out these other useful RCD publications! 

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Human Race for Conservation

The North Coast Resource Conservation & Development Council (NCRC&DC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and partner of the Gold Ridge RCD. NCRC&DC helps protect and restore pollinator habitat, builds rain catchment systems at local schools, and works with farmers and ranchers to promote sustainable and resource-protecting agricultural activities. All of its programs work toward building a better future for Sonoma, Marin, Mendocino and Lake Counties. Support one of Northern's California RCDs' staunchest advocates and partners by donating to their work and fundraising walk in the Human Race.

Support the North Coast Resource 
Sonoma County Draft Climate Action Plan 
"Climate Action 2020 and Beyond"
A program of the Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA)

"You've heard the saying 'It takes a village to raise a child.' Well, it takes a village with a plan to respond to climate change!"--
Justin Witt.

 Climate Action 2020 and Beyond builds on prior commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a community-wide climate action plan (CAP) for all communities in Sonoma County. The regional framework creates an efficient and consistent approach to address climate change but allows local governments to adopt locally appropriate measures to reduce GHG emissions. It also provides information about local climate hazards and what Sonoma County communities can do to prepare. 

Public input: The Public Review Draft Plan will be presented in each community in the spring of 2016. Schedule here at bottomPublic comments are welcome and will be collected at these meetings, as well as on the RCPA website. A final CAP will be developed later in 2016 for each local government to consider for adoption. The Gold Ridge RCD has given comments which will have been incorporated in the next version of the CAP. 

Sonoma County Food Action Plan Inventory Project 
A Program of the  Sonoma County Food System Alliance 

The SCFSA is committed to the long-term process necessary to achieve system-wide change and will continue to leverage partnerships and strategic opportunities to reach the goals outlined in the Food Action Plan. The project receives primary funding support from the  Sonoma County Department of Health Service's Health Action Initiative.
Food Action Plan Inventory Project
Through May 15, 2016, Ag Innovations is collecting information on specific initiatives and the progress made between 2012-2015. A Food Action Plan inventory will be published later this summer. Please submit your food initiative and let the community know about your work!
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