by Julian Meisler
This post was originally published on January 16, 2015 on the Save The Bay blog. For the last six years, Julian has been toiling tirelessly on the Sears Point restoration project, which will come to a crescendo this coming Sunday, October 25, 2015 at Sea Change. Learn more here and register here.
Julian Meisler is the Baylands Program Manager for Sonoma Land Trust, responsible for overseeing Sonoma Land Trust’s holdings and projects along the bay, including the 2,327-acre Sears Point Wetland and Watershed Restoration Project. When project construction wraps up and levees are breached later this year, tides will rush in and connect this land with the rest of San Francisco Bay for the first time in over 140 years.
Every once in a while there are moments in our jobs, in our careers, when the significance of our work surfaces. I can attest as a field biologist turned project manager that these moments sometimes seem a little too infrequent. Certainly our goals are lofty and pure but there are times when the day to day blurs to weeks and even years of permit negotiations, grant applications, reports, and presentations. Alas, there are restorative moments that punctuate individual days of the year – a frog survey here, a rare plant survey there – and serve as reminders of why we do what we do.
But I’m talking about bigger moments.
GUEST POST by John McCaull
A few weeks ago, the SLT office was pretty quiet, with just a few dedicated staffers holding down the fort. The rest of us were at LTA Rally!
The Land Trust Alliance (LTA) Rally is a big deal in the land conservation world. Every year, thousands gather to talk about the latest issues and trends in land protection, renew old friendships, and participate in a myriad of workshops that hone our skills and broaden our perspectives. Sonoma Land Trust was part of several presentations at this year’s Rally in Sacramento, CA, and one of the liveliest sessions was our Saturday workshop on the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor.
Wildlife camera monitoring is like Christmas morning, if you had to hike up 60-degree slopes in 90-degree weather, plow through fields of ripgut brome and burrs (most certainly ruining your socks), navigate mazes of poison oak and perch on unstable ground to fetch your present — in this case, a cache of wildlife photos in the form of an SD card — from beneath the tree. But I digress. Let me start from the beginning.
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- Nicole Na, October 7, 2015
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.