It's Wednesday and it's Happenings. Here is some news from around the region that in some way relates to protecting and connecting people to land.
- Golden Gate NRA achievements win awards. Crissy Field, Presidio, other local projects win national awards (San Francisco Chronicle)
- National park bottle ban has detractors. As the Golden Gate National Recreation Area looks into banning the sale of bottled water, the beverage industry is hoping to have a say in the matter. (San Francisco Examiner)
- Calif. water supply could reach historic low. California's water supply is on track to shatter a record low, according to the latest snow survey from the state's Department of Water Resources. (ABC7)
- Nobody is declaring a state of drought in California, but... Surveyors in the Sierra find only half the snowpack that is normal for the date. But it could have been worse, considering the last three months have been the driest January-March period on record. (LA Times)
- Yosemite revamp plan gets mixed response. A National Park Service plan to take out swimming pools, eliminate bicycle and horse rentals, and remove the ice rink in Yosemite Valley in an attempt to restore some native habitat got a decidedly mixed reception at a recent public hearing. (San Francisco Chronicle)
- Proposed Law Could Deliver Major Boost to Urban Agriculture in California. Bill would give property tax breaks to landowners who lease their parcels to urban farmers. (Earth Island Journal)
- Easing Brain Fatigue With a Walk in the Park. An innovative new study from Scotland suggests that you can ease brain fatigue simply by strolling through a leafy park. (New York Times)
- Using Your Phone to Connect with Urban Nature. Researchers and artists aim to change our perception of urban nature and help us better understand the evolution of our cities with a new smart phone app. (Utne)
- How You Can Revise Your Website, Raise Your Gifts 30%. You can redesign and rewrite your organization’s website like Save the Redwoods League did and raise 30 percent more online donations — without spending much money. (Kivi's Blog)
- Dark Gray Paint. Something to read if you're trying to change the world. (Alex Steffen)
- Plan Bay Area is holding Town Halls in April and May. Learn more about it here and provide feedback online or at a meeting. The draft Environmental Impact Report has been released which you can read here.
Happenings is our weekly post with news and other interesting tidbits about land conservation in the Bay Area. We do it every Wednesday and past Happenings can be found here.