Promoting a conservation ethic in people of all ages is central to our mission of Conservation in Action. Please join us on the preserves to explore seasonal changes, take part in naturalist training or dig in with other volunteers to assist our land management team. Reservations are required for most events in order to ensure that human impact is kept in balance with land and habitat preservation goals.

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Deadline to Apply: Cal-TREX Bay Area

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Deadline to Apply: Cal-TREX Bay Area

Aug 1 2020 - 5:00pm

Join a diverse group of participants for prescribed fire training and hands on experience in the North Bay area across a multitude of landscapes.

Audubon Canyon Ranch's Fire Forward program, in collaboration with the Bay Area Prescribed Fire Council, is organizing a modified Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX) program structure for the first Cal-TREX Bay Area.

Build on your prescribed fire skills in diverse landscapes Cal-TREX Bay Area participants will work on prescribed fire skills, taskbooks, attend trainings and seminars as part of a team while burning in diverse landscapes and ecologies (grasslands, coastal scrub, chaparral, oak, and conifer). In exchange, partici- pants will be helping to train and build up others by providing their experience, expertise, and/or equipment, and helping to create a positive prescribed fire culture in the SF Bay Area.

A modified format to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission
Cal-TREX Bay Area will take place over a series of eight planned weekends of burning in Fall 2020, predominantly utilizing Bay Area based resources and overhead.

APPLY: For details and/or to submit an application, CLICK HERE.

REQUIREMENTS: Participants must commit to full weekends—both Saturday and Sunday—for a minimum of three weekends over the course of eight available dates.

Participants must meet basic NWCG standards prior to the TREX in order to participate. (Upcoming Basic Wildland Firefighter course will be held Oct. 10; register online at egret.org/calendar)

COST: $75 unless waived for special circumstances

Feel free to reach out to [email protected] for questions about the Cal-TREX Bay Area event structure.

Photo: David Lumpkin



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Sonoma County Environmental Stewardship Panel: Education, Predators & Balanced Ecosystems

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Sonoma County Environmental Stewardship Panel: Education, Predators & Balanced Ecosystems

Aug 7 2020 - 10:45am
Zoom Video Conference

This panel was formed to create an open, amicable and educational discussion regarding wildlife management, land conversion, local policy & livestock predation, specifically addressing how these issues affect our local food supply & grazing for fire fuel load reduction.

This is a grassroots effort to gather information, experience and knowledge in a manner that honors and respects all voices. To bring together all parties of an emotionally heightened, culturally divisive topic in order to provide education, while reducing the animosity between sides. We are attempting to create a methodology and template in which we can experience and consider a viewpoint that is different from our own, while realizing that we can agree with aspects of both sides of the issues.

Panel discussion will be moderated by Sarah Keiser and Monty Sullivan

Panelists include:
Dr. Quinton Martins, Living with Lions
Dr. Winston Vickers, UC Davis
Justin Dellinger, CDFW
Tawny Tesconi, Sonoma County Farm Bureau
Jeff Furlong, Sonoma County Wildlife Specialists
Dr. Stephanie Larson, UC Cooperative Extension, Livestock & Range Manager
Evan Wiig, Community Alliance with Family Farmers
Ron Crane, rancher
Jim Jensen, Sonoma Resource Conservation District (RCD)
Bill Keene, Sonoma County Ag + Open Space

Registration for the webinar is required: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_MiqIjWV1Tx6lnFyDiJmK9w 

Click here for more information on ACR's Living With Lions.



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Call for Entries: M.F.K. Fisher Last House Writing Contest

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Call for Entries: M.F.K. Fisher Last House Writing Contest

Aug 21 2020 - 9:00am
Last House

ACR's Last House Program Coordinator Susie Allen is excited to announce the “Last House Writing Contest,” in celebration of the style and spirit of M.F.K. Fisher, who wrote Art of Eating, How to Cook a Wolf, With Bold Knife and Fork, and approximately 30 other books and who resided in her 'Last House' on ACR's Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen until her death in 1992.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Emerging writers of all ages are invited to submit original, unpublished essays, stories or articles exploring or conveying the connection between environmental conservation, science and nature, food and drink, and the cultures surrounding them.

Entries accepted beginning August 21, 2020 through September 29, 5:00 p.m. Register at Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/3iD2VLH

The judging panel, coordinated by Clark Wolf, includes some of the most accomplished, discerning writers, chefs, naturalists, and mentors working today:

  • Ruth Reichl
  • Harold McGee
  • Leena Trivedi-Grenier
  • Michele Anna Jordan
  • Elizabeth Fishel
  • Kennedy Golden
  • Jerry Di Vecchio
  • Jonathan London
  • Alice Waters

Entries accepted in three age categories:

  • Children (8 –12) (must have parent or legal guardian's consent)
  • Youth (13–17) (must have parent or legal guardian's consent)
  • Adults 18 and older

Format: Essay or short story, PDF format, 300–500 words for children and youth, 750 words maximum for adults 18 and older.

Registration fee is $10/children and youth, $25/adults. Join as a new member of ACR with a donation of $65.00 and entry fee is waived. (No preference will be given to ACR members.)

Deadline for submission of entries: 9/29/2020 at 5:00 p.m. Register at Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/3iD2VLH

Prizes include a 2-night stay at a waterfront house in Bodega Bay (winner must be 21 or accompanied by someone 21 or older), complimentary enrollment in Elizabeth Fishel’s writing workshop in 2021, two books signed by Alice Waters (“Fanny at Chez Panisse” and “Fanny in France”), ACR swag and other goodies.

ACR retains royalty-free rights to edit, reproduce, share, and/or publish all winning work. ACR welcomes people of all races, ethnicities, religions, genders, sexual orientations and abilities.

Proceeds will benefit Audubon Canyon Ranch's programs and the continuing restoration of Last House.



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