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State resumes control of Tomales Bay State Park

11/27/2013
An agreement reached last week between a Marin nonprofit and the state will result in the latter once again officially operating Tomales Bay State Park about eight months after relinquishing the role. Friends of China Camp has run three state parks in the county since March: China Camp, which will...

Shoreline task force still lacks insight on program

11/27/2013
Parents and administrators in the Shoreline Unified School District are anxiously awaiting recommendations from an advisory panel about the feasibility of a bilingual language immersion program. The task force, whose grant from First 5 Marin runs out next month, was convened in August 2012 in response to growing concern about...

SPAWN sues over interim stream ordinance

11/27/2013
What critics called a “poison pill” clause in the recently approved interim stream conservation ordinance for unincorporated Marin has proven to be just that: environmental groups last week sued the county over the rules, rendering them null. The lawsuit, filed by the Salmon Protection and Watershed Network and the Center...

Valley residents outraged by trails plan

11/21/2013
A plan to manage roads and trails in the Marin County Open Space District—the first comprehensive effort since a ballot initiative created the district in 1972—has ignited a firestorm of criticism about limitations to recreational access, particularly in the San Geronimo Valley and around Bolinas Lagoon, where the highest restrictions...

Sanctuary voice recognized

11/21/2013
A KWMR host and outreach coordinator for a marine sanctuary headquartered in Point Reyes won an award from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Jennifer Stock, who has worked at the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary for 13 years, won N.O.A.A.’s inaugural Sea to Shining...

Cheesemakers win ecology award

11/21/2013
A prestigious conservation award has been bestowed upon Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company: the California Leopold Conservation Award, a prize for private landowners who excel in voluntary stewardship and natural resource management. The award is named after ecologist and author Aldo Leopold, who influenced the development of modern environmentalism. The...

Food coop in search of members

11/21/2013
The beleaguered steering committee of the Foodshed, an Inverness-based cooperative, is asking participants to tackle new roles and help reverse a languishing membership that has shrunk by one third. The store, which stocks bulk items, fermented foods, olive oil, nuts, dates, local produce, cleaning products and more, had 70 members...

Marine council wants more info on mice plan

11/21/2013
A U.S. Fish and Wildlife plan to eradicate invasive house mice from the South Farallon Islands met opposition and criticism during a meeting of the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council on Wednesday. The Fish and Wildlife Service, which began scoping for a draft environmental impact statement...

Save Our Seashore voices concern over fences, trees

11/21/2013
Gordon Bennett, an Inverness environmentalist whose concerns about Point Reyes National Seashore have in the past helped spark reviews by federal agencies, has just voiced some new ones—that of electric fencing and tree removal and their respective impacts to wildlife. At least some of those concerns, ranchers say, are based...

Bolinas principal tries new election model

11/21/2013
While the elections in West Marin this November might have passed without much change, a student council election at the Bolinas-Stinson school last week took a creative approach to deciding who would represent the student body. No names appeared on the ballot; instead, students voted for the platform they liked...

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