Have you eaten a locally grown peach lately? If not, we highly recommend that you find a farmer's market or a local-farmers-friendly store and get yourself one. The peach season won't last forever and, man, they're good.
Hat tip to Outdoor Afro. The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) works with a network of health professionals, weathercasters, land managers and teachers to create and leverage public-private partnerships to promote daily actions for helping people live well while protecting and enjoying nature.
- Santa Clara County supervisor wants more parks in urban areas -- but it's unclear who would pay. The Board of Supervisors will decide whether a 40-year-old, voter-approved fund meant to pay for regional county parks and trails can also be used to create smaller county neighborhood parks in dense, urban areas that are starved for green space. (Mercury News)
- Finalists Named for Bay Area's Cox Conserves Heroes Program, Public Asked to Vote. KTVU Channel 2 and The Trust for Public Land today announced the finalists for the Bay Area's fourth annual Cox Conserves Heroes program. A total of $15,000 will be donated to local environmental nonprofits on behalf of the finalists. (US Politics Today)
- Price no guarantee of quality outdoors. The best and worst deals in the outdoors can turn your world around. (SF Chronicle)
- Placemaking as a New Environmentalism: Reinvigorating the Environmental Movement in the 21st Century. What kind of places do we want to create? What kind of communities do we want to live in? What kind of world do we hope to see in the future? These questions are at the heart of environmentalism today, but are seldom posed. Environmentalism can perhaps best accomplish its goals for humans to impact less by leading the conversation on how we can impact more. (Project for Public Spaces)
- San Mateo County looks to big ideas to fix parks. San Mateo County will consider some big ideas to fix its parks system, from installing athletic fields at Coyote Point Park in San Mateo to turning an old correctional facility in La Honda into a camping destination. (Mercury News)
- Viewpoints: Climate change is another reason to protect farmland. Most Californians take the existence of farming and ranching for granted, but this is a mistake. There are mounting pressures to convert farmland to other types of land uses. (Sacramento Bee)
- National Parks Birthday: Time to Renew a National Commitment. This week, as we celebrate the National Park Service's 96th birthday we can reflect on the challenges and opportunities facing our national parks as they near their second century. (Huffington Post)
Every Wednesday we find stories about land conservation and we share them here. We're especially proud of the ones that involve our member organizations. Do you know who our members are?
Join us on September 20 from 10am-1pm at the San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose for our Fall Gathering! We'll be talking about sustainable agriculture in Santa Clara, San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties. More information about it, including who our distinguished panelists are, can be found over here.