Knowledge, relationship building, and networking contribute to the strength of the region. The Blue Ridge-Berryessa Partnership hosts quarterly events that feature innovative projects, partner successes, and conservation opportunities in the region. You never know who you’ll meet at our next event!
Join us for an important community meeting scheduled for October 28th from 2:00 to 5:30 pm at the Lake Berryessa Senior Center (4380 Spanish Flat Loop Road). Appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-402-5404 to attend this meeting.
We are calling on all landowners, businesses, ranchers, non-profits, recreational interests, and government entities…anyone with an interest in the conservation of the region. It is important for you to attend this meeting and provide input on the Partnership’s future. At the meeting we will ask for your input to inform the development of a new organizational strategy and leadership structure.
2:00 PM Introductions/Networking: Share a reflection about what makes the Blue Ridge Berryessa Natural Area a special place
2:30 PM Where We Came From: History of the Partnership and BRBNA Conservation Framework
3:00 PM Organizational Report – Partner Reflections: Insights on the Partnership, Values, Challenges, and Needs
4:00 PM Identifying Strategic Project Priorities and Raising Money To Get the Work Done
- Specific themes, with big ideas that could be funded
- Prioritize project ideas
5:00 PM Next Steps: Follow through on proposal development
5:30 PM Adjourn
Eticuera Creek Stewardship Project Field Tour, UC Davis McLaughlin Reserve
April 26, 2014
This tour featured collaborative efforts to control invasive species and restore native plants along the creek. During the tour representatives from the UC Davis McLaughlin Reserve and Gamble Ranch discussed methods, successes, and challenges, and also highlighted the benefits of collaborative stewardship.
The Eticuera Creek watershed encompasses 34,000 acres at the north end of Lake Berryessa in the Putah Creek watershed and includes Knoxville Creek, Zim Zim Creek, Adams Creek and the Toll Canyon sub-watershed. More than 20,000 acres of the watershed are in the Department of Fish and Game’s Knoxville Wildlife Area; the remainder includes Bureau of Land Management land, the University of California’s McLaughlin Reserve, Homestake Mine, and other private ranches and properties.
State of the Region Address, Napa
January 29, 2014
This interactive panel discussion featured staff from local, state, and federal resource and land management agencies. Panelists provided an update on programs and policies affecting the region; and, reflected on conservation trends and the future of resource management and planning in the region.
- Joshua Bush, Wildlife Biologist, California Department of Fish and Wildlife
- John Woodbury, General Manager, Napa County Regional Parks and Open Space District
- Jeffery Laird, Parks Manager and Peggie Brooks, Chief of the Recreation Resources Division, Bureau of Reclamation
- Rich Burns, Field Office Manager, Bureau of Land Management Ukiah Field Office
- Mike Wilson, Sonoma Lake Napa Division Chief of Pre-fire planning and Vegetation Management Program, CAL FIRE
Audubon Bobcat Ranch Field Tour, Winters
October 26, 2013
Bobcat Ranch is a 6800-acre property that Audubon, with support from the California Wildlife Conservation Board, acquired in 2007 to promote ecologically and economically sustainable ranching. During the field tour we visited sites that demonstrate how Audubon has been partnering with state and federal funders, researchers, and ranchers to improve grazing management, control weeds, and restore habitat. We discussed efforts to develop sustainable water systems, control goat grass and medusahead, regenerate blue oak, and understand the effects of pesticides on pollinators. The field tour was led by Audubon Ranch Manager Carissa Koopman Rivers, with presentations by:
- Nick Gallagher, Rangeland Management Specialist, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Morgan Doran, Solano County Director and Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
- Mike Dunphy, Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Partners for Wildlife Program
- Amanda K. Hodson, Postdoc Researcher, UC Davis – Department of Land, Air and Water Resources
- Jeremy James, Agriculture and Natural Resources Director & Extension Rangeland Specialist, UC Sierra Foothill Research & Extension
- Gerard Smith, Entomology Graduate Student, UC Davis
Fire Ecology and Restoration Panel Discussion, Yountville
April 12, 2013
Panelists included US Forest Service Regional Ecologist Hugh Safford and CAL FIRE Division Chief Jim Wright. Panelists discussed fire ecology and the use of fire in land management; regional fire trends and impacts of climate; and services offered by CAL FIRE, including how controlled burns are implemented.
Partnership Meet and Greet, Pope Valley
November 9, 2012
A social reception was hosted for partners and the public to meet the new Program Director Mary Adelzadeh and learn about initiatives to conserve the natural and working landscape of the region. At the meeting, partners and members of the public were invited to introduce themselves and their conservation work/interests in the region. Appetizers and drinks were served.