Recently I had the distinct pleasure of taking an aerial tour of all ACR Preserves, covering over 5,000 acres in three North Bay Area counties. This was made possible through the generosity of Sam Dakin, one of our most generous donors. Sam and I, and three other ACR staffmembers departed from Charles M. Schulz - Sonoma County Airport in an eight seat Pilatus PC-12. We headed north to the Modini Mayacamas Preserves, flew over the destruction of the recent Valley Fire to the Mayacamas extension in Lake County, south to the Bouverie Preserve, around Mount Tamalpais to the Martin Griffin Preserve, up the Olema Valley and Tomales Bay to the Cypress Grove Research Center, and further north to Toms Point.

It was a beautiful day with excellent visibility, so we were able to see each property within the context of the broader environment. I was struck by the amazing diversity of habitats that ACR has protected in perpetuity. From oak woodlands to serpentine outcrops, chaparral to towering firs, streams, waterfalls, tidelands, and marshes. The variety of plants and animals within these areas is astounding, and thanks to ACR these lands will be secure forever. But these preserves are also just one piece of a giant puzzle in the ecological landscape. Which is why we work on a broader scale, partnering with other organizations to establish wildlife corridors; studying heron, egret, and shorebird populations throughout the Bay Area to chronicle the effects of climate change; and educating all ages in responsible conservation practices.

My recent viewpoint made me both appreciative of the significant, positive impact ACR has on our environment, and similarly challenged by the work ahead of us. All of us at ACR are thankful for your generous support.

 

 

ACR's Toms Point near the mouth of Tomales Bay

 

ACR's Toms Point near the mouth of Tomales Bay

       

     

Cypress Grove Research Center

 

Cypress Grove Research Center

   
   

  

Bouverie Preserve looking west

 

Bouverie Preserve looking west