Welcome to March! Here is your weekly round up of news about land, trails, and people in the Bay Area. But first we start with something on the national scale:
- Why the Environmental Movement Is Not Winning. A searing new report says the environmental movement is not winning and lays the blame squarely on the failed policies of environmental funders. (Huffington Post)
- Brentwood group has protected 750 acres -- more than any other California community. BALT and the city of Brentwood have protected more than 750 acres of farmland there through agricultural conservation easements. (Mercury News)
- New Point Reyes hostel built green and for families. The doors officially swung open Wednesday to a new environmentally- and family-friendly hostel in the Point Reyes National Seashore. (Marin IJ)
- Study calls for connecting trails. Commuter path might take cars off highway. (Half Moon Bay Review)
- Diversity in the Outdoors, Part 1. This is the first part in a three part series around diversity in the outdoors stemming from a panel discussion on diversity hosted by Sierra Magazineat the Outdoor Retailer Winter event. (Huffington Post)
- State Parks: On the Rock. A series on KQED about the California State Parks Closure. Check out the map! (KQED)
- Outdoor Fitness Challenges Designed to Kick Your Butt. As the Bay Area slips into spring, several fitness challenges aim to help you shed those winter pounds and develop a healthier lifestyle. (The Bay Citizen)
- Sempervirens Fund protects two South Coast properties. Camp Butano Creek, a Girl Scouts property near Pescadero, will be permanently protected from development under an agreement announced this week by the Sempervirens Fund. (Mercury News)
- More bond money pitched for SF parks and playgrounds. Five years after asking voters to approve a $185 million bond for parks, The City once again plans to court voters with a planned November bond measure to fix up parks, playgrounds, restrooms, athletic fields and the waterfront. (SF Examiner)
- District finds success in frog comeback. La Honda preserve rehabilitated for amphibians, rangers. (Half Moon Bay Review)
- Look at Nature, Get Happy. What do hospitals and Costa Rica have in common? Science says: they both benefit from beautiful natural landscapes. (KQED Quest)
- Bay Area Ridge Trail faces uncertain future. The vision to create a 550-mile trail around the San Francisco Bay is threatened by state park closures scheduled for this summer, trail advocates say. (Bay Nature)
Every Wednesday we post a list of news - with some art, videos and fun thrown in - related to the members, partners, supporters, and friends of the Open Space Council. Scroll through all of these posts here. And let us know if we should include anything in next week's Happenings.
Next week is our Almost Spring Gathering. Are you coming? Almost 80 people have signed up and we're capped at 100. It'll be on March 15 from 10am-1pm at the Brower Center in Berkeley. We have a dynamic panel to talk about social media including innovative ways of using Facebook, the whole communications package, citizen science and more. You can find more information about it over here.