Happy Summer Solstice! Here's a wrap-up of land conservation news and what-not for you on this very long day...
- Snapshots of an Epic Ride. On Saturday June 16 a group of riders rode to the tops of Mt. Hamilton, Mt. Tamalpais, and Mt. Diablo using Caltrain, Golden Gate Ferry and BART to connect the three mountains. Lech Naumovich shares his pictures of the day.
- An Iron Man for transit advocates. 128 miles. 12,000 feet elevation gain. 17-plus hours of exercise. 3 transit agencies. Add to that temperatures well into the triple digits in some places, and you've got the makings of a great story. (Bay Nature)
- Supporters struggle to buy time for endangered state parks. Whether it's a wealthy donor writing a check, $5 donations or management by a nonprofit, backers are seeking to prevent closures until a lasting solution can be found. (LA Times)
- Sempervirens forges deal with state to keep Castle Rock State Park open. The State Park, a forested expanse that plunges seaward from the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, will stay open under a one-year deal between Sempervirens Fund and state being announced today. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
- Rockville Trails funds pouring in. A year after Solano Land Trust launched a $15.5 million campaign to purchase Rockville Trails, the organization said Tuesday it is nearing its goal. (The Reporter)
- Habitat set aside for western snowy plover doubles. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Monday designated 38 square miles along the West Coast as critical habitat for a federally listed beach- and mud-loving bird called the Pacific Coast western snowy plover. (SF Chronicle)
- Benicia officials say financial, legal risks sank state park deal. The city and state were unsuccessful in reaching an agreement for the city to maintain the Benicia State Recreation Area (Times-Herald)
- Few stepping up to save Candlestick Point Recreation Area site as parks shut down. Cities and nonprofit groups seem likely to save as many as half of the 70 state parks destined for closure under the latest proposed state budget. But tiny Candlestick Point Recreation Area in the Bayview may not be so lucky. (SF Examiner)
- Supes OK Annadel deal. The last Sonoma Valley park on the state park closure list has been saved after the county’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a contract to allow Sonoma County Regional Parks to manage Annadel State Park, beginning July 1. (Sonoma Magazine)
This is your weekly helping of land conservation news for the Bay Area. We do this every Wednesday.
Next Tuesday and Wednesday we'll be talking about habitat linkages with the Critical Linkages Project: Bay Area and Beyond. On Tuesday the 26th we'll be at the Moore Foundation in Palo Alto with over 100 participants focused on the East Bay and South Bay. On Wednesday the 27th we'll be in Santa Rosa with 75 people focused on the North Bay. Find out more about the project and the symposiums over on our Events page. Registration is almost full!