Sonoma Land Trust:
The Sonoma Land Trust is a non-profit, non-governmental land conservancy founded in 1976 with an office in Santa Rosa, a current staff of 12 people, and a membership of over 1,950. Its mission is to provide permanent protection of Sonoma County land, its natural beauty and its biotic resources, offering stewardship, education, and guidance for the preservation and enhancement of agricultural, natural, scenic, and open space lands. The Sonoma Land Trust has an ongoing land protection program and currently holds about a dozen properties in fee and about 30 conservation easements.
Save The Bay:
Save the Bay (STB) is the Bay Area's oldest and largest membership organization working exclusively to protect and restore San Francisco Bay and its watershed. Since 1961, STB's members have successfully fought for a Bay that the whole community can enjoy and embrace. STB protects the Bay by waging and winning effective campaigns, restores the Bay by revitalizing wetlands and celebrates the Bay by creating recreation and educational opportunities for everyone. Save The Bay's Community-Based Restoration program works with local schools, corporate groups, non-profit organizations, and community volunteers to restore wetland, creek, and island habitats at six sites around San Francisco Bay, including at Tolay Creek in the San Pablo National Wildlife Refuge. Since 2000, more than 25,000 volunteers have helped to improve wetland habitat around the Bay. Restoration activities include planting native plants, non-native plant removal, and shoreline clean-up. These restoration and stewardship activities are fun and easy to learn, and help us make a positive impact on the health of these vital wetland, creek, and island habitats.
The Bay Institute:
The STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed) Project coordinates and sustains a network of teachers, students, restoration specialists and other community members as they plan and implement watershed studies and restoration projects in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties. STRAW provides teachers and students with the scientific, educational and technical resources to prepare them for hands-on, outdoor watershed studies, including ecological restoration of riparian corridors. Since 1998, more than 8,000 students have participated in 110 STRAW restorations on rural and urban creeks, planting close to 9,000 native plants and restoring approximately 27,000 linear feet of creek banks or almost 22 acres.