Regional Parks Newsletter
August 2018
Parks funding would help maintain, operate parks like Spring Lake
Ballot Measure Will Support Regional, City Parks
Sonoma County voters this fall will have the opportunity to create a dedicated source of funding for their Regional and city parks. The Board of Supervisors agreed Aug. 7 to place a 1/8-cent sales tax for parks on the November ballot. If approved by voters countywide, the measure will help the county and cities maintain parks, reduce wildfire risks, protect waterways and wildlife, open long-awaited parks, expand trails, and offer programs. A key piece of the measure is an expenditure plan that details how the funding will support parks. 

Tubing the Russian River: How to Plan a Float Trip
Planning is key to a successful float trip
Floating the Russian River has become such a popular summer activity that we figure it's time to share our do's and don'ts of tubing. For example, the only float route we recommend is the 2-mile stretch from Steelhead Beach to Sunset Beach. Our latest blog post explains why and offers other advice to keep your next tubing trip from going flat.

Looking Good, Trails Challenge Hikers!
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We're thrilled to see our Trails Challenge hikers covering so much ground! If you haven't started yet, there's still time to download the trails guidebook and hike five of the featured parks by Sept. 30 to get your Trails Challenge T-shirt. Hike on your own or join outings like Treks Less Traveled on Aug. 12, the Wildfire Ecology Hike on Aug. 18 or the Get Active Together Hike on Aug. 19. There's also  the Sugar-Hood Shuttle Aug. 11-12 for through-hikes between Hood Mountain and Sugarloaf Ridge

Bite into the "Sweetest Little Fair" 
Celebrate Sonoma County's farming heritage Aug. 11 and 12 at the Gravenstein Apple Fair. Enjoy live music, crafts, games, farm life activities, local food, drinks, and of course, apples. Lots of apples. Hosted by Sonoma County Farm Trails at Ragle Ranch Regional Park, on-site parking is free for parks members.parks members.

Featured Trail: Hood Mountain's Santa Rosa Creek
Looking for a cool hike on a warm day? Try the Santa Rosa Creek Trail at Hood Mountain Regional Park , where you can dip your toes or rock hop in the creek's shaded, secluded upper reaches. This family friendly hike is just 2.2 miles round trip from the Los Alamos Road parking area and is featured on page 15 in our 2018 Trails Challenge guidebook.

Come for the Meteors, Stay for the Desserts
Santa Rosa views from Taylor Mountain Regional Park
Join us on Taylor Mountain on Aug. 11 to watch for the annual Perseid meteor shower. We'll hang out, talk about astronomy, and share snacks and desserts at this free potluck social. Although the Perseids are more numerous after midnight, they do start to fly in mid- and late-evening, so we'll be watching the sky from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  

You Can Eat Well on a Backpacking Trip?
Backcountry campers, join us at  Hood Mountain Regional Park on Aug. 18 to l earn how to make tasty camp meals for yourself and your hiking buddies. We'll talk about the types of outdoor stoves, meal options, and m enu planning for individuals and groups and then we'll whip up a lunch to share.  

Capture Nature's Fire Recovery 
Delve into your artistic side to see how nature heals. Bring your camera or borrow one of ours for a 2-mile photography walk at Sonoma Valley Regional Park on Aug. 19. Capture the landscape's wildfire recovery and create art that inspires. This free outing is geared for teens and adults.

Trail Grazing Program Starts With a B-A-Ang 
Sheep relaxing between grazing sessions
We've recruited some wooly assistance for fire prevention and invasive species removal. A flock of sheep has been munching on dry vegetation and non-native plants along the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail since early July. By doing what they do best, the sheep are helping us reduce wildfire risk and restore habitat. They're on the job through August, when their shepherd moves them to a new project.

We're Not Done Swimming 
Remember, Regional Parks' swim season runs through Labor Day, so even though school starts in mid-August, Spring Lake's water park, swimming lagoon, and boat rentals and Memorial Beach's lifeguard services continue daily through Sept. 3. 

August Activities