Our Learning Laguna program has helped introduce more than 15,000 Sonoma County students to the exciting world of the Laguna.

Each year, hundreds of volunteers join us in planting thousands of native trees and plants. We could not accomplish such hard work without your support.

With your support, our Public Education Department will continue to bring workshops to our community such as the popular classes with Charlie Kennard.

Rincon Foundation Pledges $25,000 Matching Grant

Great news! The Rincon Foundation, a local family foundation, pledged a dollar-for-dollar matching grant! The Rincon Foundation will match all gifts made by June 30, up to $25,000. Together, your contribution and this grant will provide a total of $50,000 to help develop and fund three key projects:

• Trail Restoration, Connectivity and Safety on the AmeriCorps Trail in Sebastopol.
Funds will be used to work with the City of Sebastopol to build a connecting trail from the AmeriCorpsTrail in north Sebastopol, to Tomadachi Park on the south side of Highway 12. This trail connects to the Joe Rodota Trail that goes through Santa Rosa. The work includes the cleanup and removal of invasive blackberries, planting native species, and building a new trail and bridge over Zimpher Creek. The result will be a quarter mile connector trail and restored native habitat along the Laguna!

The Return of Coho in the Laguna.
The Coho salmon in the Laguna watershed are critically endangered, especially after the recent drought. Young salmon need a safe place to grow big and strong, where food is abundant, before heading out to the ocean. The Laguna used to be such a place and with your help, it could be again. The first step is to work with CalTrout to determine the best locations along the Laguna for fish habitat. Once we know more about how fish are using the floodplain, we will develop projects that enhance critical habitat.

Expand Public Education and Exploration Activities.
Funds will be used to offer dynamic programs to the public including walks, talks, workshops, and summer camps for youth. All ages will enjoy more guided nature explorations with hikes, kayak adventures and wildlife viewing. Hands on restoration projects in the Laguna also play a vital role in connecting people with their watershed.

Donate Now!

Your donation allows us to bring more funding to the table when we’re asked to lead ecosystem scale conservation projects. Reducing Ludwigia habitat in the main Laguna channel is a focus of our collaborative and multi-year watershed project. Improving sediment transport, increasing flood storage, and lowering the water temperature is key to reducing this invasive plant.

Together, we will transform the Laguna into a restored wetland complex with clean rivers and creeks, and actively engage more people in watershed and wetland stewardship. Your donation fuels our ability to be proactive and helps us continue to provide the leadership and expertise vital to conserving your Laguna. Please donate today. Your donation will help to meet this generous match from the Rincon Foundation. Thank you.

For information about the matching grant or to donate stock, please contact Bev Scottland at
(707) 527-9277, ext. 106 or email Bev@LagunaFoundation.org

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