Conservation Planner Job Opportunity - position filled
Sotoyome RCD, in collaboration with Southern Sonoma RCD, Napa County RCD, Mendocino County RCD, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), land managers, and resource agencies, is pleased to announce the release of the LandSmart program. LandSmart is a regional, collaborative program that helps land managers meet their natural resource management goals while supporting productive lands and thriving streams. By working together, we can offer an enhanced program that draws upon the skills and expertise of each RCD. Through this collaboration we provide our communities with a unique, cost effective conservation service specific to the region that isoffered through a trusted and local organization. LandSmart services include:
LandSmart Plans – Developing plans to help manage resources purposefully and assist land managers in meeting or exceeding environmental regulations, including the upcoming Conditional Vineyard Waiver for Sonoma Creek and Napa River Watersheds
LandSmart On-the-Ground – Implementing projects and best management practices to improve property and habitat. RCDs can provide technical assistance and financial support to plan and implement resource conservation practices.
LandSmart for Kids – Involving the next generation in stewardship by providing opportunities for youth to be actively engaged in stewarding local resources.
To learn more about LandSmart, please visit our website at landsmart.org.
Upper Grape Creek Fish Passage Project in high stream flows (2012)
The Sotoyome Resource Conservation District has updated our
Russian River Watershed Directory
to assist landowners, residents, professionals, educators,
organizations and agencies interested in the
many resources available for natural resource
management and stewardship throughout
the Russian River watershed.
Copeland Creek Riparian Habitat Enhancement Project
Sotoyome RCD completed the first phase of the
Copeland Creek Riparian Habitat Enhancement Project!
Over 200 native plants were installed with the help of Southern Sonoma County RCD , Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed Project (STRAW), the Sonoma County Water Agency, and over 120 local students and volunteers. Copeland Creek is a major tributary in the southern portion of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Watershed. The project site is located a few miles east of Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.
Russian River Watershed Directory - revised December 2011 - is now available
A guide to resources and services
for management and stewardship of the Russian River watershed.
The Sotoyome Resource Conservation District
has assembled this 2011 directory for
landowners, professionals, educators, organizations,
governmental agencies, and individuals interested in
natural resource management and stewardship.
Grower Workshop: Water and Pesticide Regulations and Impacts Update
The date of the Austin Creek Watershed Forum has been changed - see
Events page for details.
Sotoyome RCD receives an award from the Board of Supervisors
Sotoyome RCD received an award from the County Board of Supervisors for Protecting Agricultural Land and Promoting Viability of the Farming Community. We were nominated by Supervisor McGuire along with three other groups in his district. He called out our Executive Director, Kara Heckert, especially for her leadership, and courage to get involved in controversial issues and bring disparate groups together.
The Sotoyome RCD is seeking a highly motivated Conservation Planner to assist in farm conservation planning, and implementation of voluntary projects on agricultural properties to improve water quality, reduce farm runoff and restore habitat.
Intern / Volunteer Needed at Sotoyome RCD
- [Position filled]
Sotoyome RCD is seeking an intern / volunteer to conduct seasonal field work for our Water Quality Monitoring, Habitat Enhancement, and Conservation Programs starting early May and ending, ideally, in October.
Sotoyome RCD is seeking a Conservation Program Assistant
The Sotoyome RCD has a great entry-level job opportunity for a person interested in working on a variety of conservation programs to enhance soil and water resources on agricultural lands in the Russian and Gualala River Watersheds. Start Date: approximately April 15, 2011.
USDA-NRCS Announces Funding for the
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program
for the Russian River and Navarro
Application Due Date: March 1, 2011
PETALUMA, CA, February 3, 2011 - The USDA Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS) is announcing application cut-off dates for the
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program
(AWEP). Applications for the AWEP program must be received by the
NRCS Petaluma Field Office by close of business March 1, 2011 so that ranking of
applications can begin. AWEP offers cost sharing of 50% of the total cost to install water
conservation practices. A 75% cost share is offered to producers who meet the definition of a
"beginning farmer" or "limited resource" farmer as defined by NRCS.