And we're back! We took two weeks off to do nothing but watch the Olympics (see blog posts below for evidence), but now we're back with real hard-hitting news about land conservation in the Bay Area. Or something like that.
Yesterday Bay Nature magazine launched Trailfinder, an easy to use guide to local parks and trails. Working behind the scenes by providing trailheads and the trip-planner, Transit & Trails, a project of the Open Space Council, is happy to be a part of this collaborative project.
- State lawyers told of hidden funds. A former California state parks employee says she told state attorneys her department was hiding about $20 million in a special fund several months before officials announced discovering the surplus money, according to a sworn declaration filed in court Tuesday. (Orange County Register)
- From the Department of Good News: Farmers’ Markets Keep Growing. Last week, the USDA released its annual update of the National Farmers Market Directory, which is now 7,864 markets strong. It’s a 9.6 percent uptick since last year, and more than double the number of markets since 2004. (Civil Eats)
- Young Farmers Begin the Path Towards Equality with Loans. New opportunities are in development for young farmers for whom capital and land are two major obstacles to starting their own farm. (Civil Eats)
- New Agtivist: From backyard farmer to community visionary in Oakland. Abeni Ramsey started growing food in her West Oakland backyard when she was a college-aged single mom who wanted her kids to eat better food than what they could afford. Some seven years later, she’s well known among the Bay Area food community, selling produce from her business, City Girl Farms, to local restaurants and through a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. (Grist)
- Save the axolotl! Um, sure, but why?About two months ago, the Generation Anthropocene radio team was invited to Santa Cruz for a conference for the Aldo Leopold Leadership program in environmental science. Leopold was one of the grand old dudes of the environmental movement, and you probably think that a program sporting his name screams “old white man reeking of patchouli.” But the conference was actually really cool. (Grist)
- Parkside Trails proposing open space, housing project in Cupertino. Big plans for new homes and open space are in the works near the southwest edge of Cupertino. (Mercury News)
- Tax measures piling up on Bay Area ballots this November. While it may seem like governments across the state are digging deeper than ever into Californians' pockets this year, an analysis by this newspaper shows there are fewer tax and bond initiatives across the state and in the Bay Area than there were just two years ago. (Mercury News)
- Locals will have their say in new conservation area. Northeastern Napa County is set to be designated as a National Conservation Area. (Napa Valley Register)
- With new vision, a shift for Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Despite its 18,000 acres, many visitors to California's first state park tend to gravitate toward park headquarters, venturing out from there to explore forests, meadows, canyons and waterfalls. That crowding can detract from the visitor experience, and have environmental consequences for the park. (Santa Cruz Sentinel)
- Richmond shoreline set for improvements. Richmond's shoreline, one of the longest of any city in the Bay Area, will be a little greener and a little more accessible after two agencies voted to make major improvements along the formerly industrial waterfront. (SF Chronicle)
Every Wednesday we share links to news about land conservation in the Bay Area (and sometimes beyond). Like the members of the Open Space Council, we focus on many aspects of land conservation including food, recreation, biodiversity, policy, and more.