by Jen Stanfield
December 2016 marked an important milestone in our wildlife photo study: the removal of our wildlife corridor landscape cameras. The first cameras were placed in June 2013, and the array grew to include 44 cameras by May 2014. Maintaining the cameras and collecting over 200,000 pictures became a group effort, which entailed three to four people spending two full days each in the field every six weeks. The camerawork took the team to beautiful locations on public and private lands, many of which they may never have the opportunity to visit again. Some might assume that our days in the field working on the corridor cameras were like this:
Those people wouldn’t be completely wrong, but there were some days or portions of days that felt more like this:
by Julian Meisler
January 19, 2016
It’s raining hard at Sears Point. Over three-quarters of an inch has fallen since midnight and it will keep coming down for the next several hours. Winds are steady out of the southeast. It’s likely to get worse before it gets better. Maybe it’s not a nice day for a hike — but it’s a perfect day for planting.
by Joe Kinyon
We live in a universe defined by the dimensions of time and space — everything has its time and place. Being at the right place at the right time is a fundamental aspiration of Sonoma Land Trust. We can’t go backward in time to protect a place and we can’t go forward: We can only take action in the present or prepare for choice opportunities ahead of us. We have staff, board, partners and members who enrich our understanding so that our sense of urgency and timing to conserve a place are well informed.
I am focusing on the concept of time in order to emphasize one important relationship to time and place that underlies all that Sonoma Land Trust does. We make our decisions based upon the best information, available resources and appropriate conservation tools in order to “protect the land forever.” We can decide what will happen to the land for eternity.
by Bob Neale
I often feel a sense of closure as I pin a new calendar to my office wall (my choice this year: “Trout of North America”). One busy year has just ended and there’s a whole new year full of challenges to come. At Sonoma Land Trust, our team plans out the year in advance, thinking and projecting and balancing resources and opportunities. But in the conservation world, much of our work involves looking much further and trying to plan ahead to protect the land forever. Thinking about forever changes the feel of a single year and reminds us that a whole year’s work is just one small step towards much bigger goals, the goals that Sonoma Land Trust and our community share and work toward together.
Sonoma Land Trust is a local nonprofit based in Santa Rosa, CA, that conserves scenic, natural, agricultural and open lands in Sonoma County for the benefit of the community and future generations. This blog focuses on SLT's stewardship team, whose members do hands-on work to directly protect, restore, and safeguard the land for generations to come.