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karen-christensenIn Santa Cruz County, evidence of California’s water crisis can be seen in dwindling groundwater supplies, suffering salmon populations and polluted creeks. And as threats to the water supply have increased, so have state and local regulations, raising tensions among landowners, environmentalists and government officials.

For the past 17 years, Karen Christensen, executive director of the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, has drawn unlikely allies together to protect local water quality and supply. And in doing so, she has demonstrated that organizations like hers, while little known, are a highly effective tool for creating cooperative partnerships to resolve disputes over natural resources.

equine-tourLivestock and Land is proud to present pdfEquine Facility Demonstration Site Tour: Santa Cruz County!

When:
Saturday, December 8, 2012 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where:
Meet in Capitola. Travel by bus to Bonny Doon, Boulder Creek and Scotts Valley returning to Capitola.

Cost:
FREE! Includes bus transportation, coffee and light snacks.

Registration:
Please register ASAP by calling
(831) 464-2950 ext 22 or
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day-of-the-deadDAY OF THE DEAD at El Mercado Popular is this Sunday, November 5, 2012!!!

In conjunction with Watsonville Wetlands Watch, El Mercado Popular is throwing an environmental-themed Day of the Dead event.  This will be the first of many enviornmental intrepration events taking place at the market.

We will construct an altar dedicated to wetlands, wetland wildlife species in peril, indigenous groups once dependent on wetland resources and also to farmers and agriculutre.

What do they all have in common?  Aside from being quite important to the identiy of Watsonville, they are all in peril!  We are losing family farms and number of farmers in the US just was wetlands are disapperang around the world.

volunteerThe Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County (RCDSCC) is looking for volunteers to help out on periodic field work days.  Volunteer duties are primarily field work aimed at removing exotic invasive species followed by revegetation with native plants and possibly helping with our outreach and education efforts.  This would be a great way for those interested in the environmental conservation and education fields to get real-world, hands-on experience.  It is also a great way for a member of the community to donate their time and energy towards improving their environment.

See the full Volunteers to Save Soquel Creek page to submit a volunteer application and more information or for more information please contact the RCDSCC, Nicolas Viveros (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), John Morley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), 831-464-2950 ext.26

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