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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 cordage classes with Charlie Kennard.

Happy New Year and Thank You!

John Weinstein & Heidi Stewart’s Match Was a Success!

John and Heidi are grateful to everyone who contributed to help turn their year-end donation into $100,000 for the Laguna Foundation. Their gifts will help to create a thriving and beautiful Laguna, where the waters are swimmable and fishable and wildlife plentiful. Thank you for helping to strengthen the Laguna Wetland ecosystem now and for the future.

“Now more than ever, the Laguna Wetlands will play an important role filtering water quality and capturing sediment and chemicals that will be washing down from the fire-damaged areas. The Foundation is already out collecting native seeds from in and around unburned areas throughout the watershed for restoration and developing protocols to prevent erosion control from areas of high fire intensity.” – John and Heidi

Healthy wetlands act as powerful buffers against disasters like fire, drought and flood. Their ability to absorb weather extremes helps create a safer and more resilient landscape. Your donation and this match will help strengthen the Laguna Wetland ecosystem by funding efforts like these:

Seed Collection for Restoration and Erosion Control:
Staff and volunteers have partnered with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and the California Native Plant Society to collect and store native seeds for immediate restoration and erosion control efforts in areas affected by the wildfires. The Laguna Foundation is also partnering with and advising other county-wide, multi-agency groups focused on land management practices, scientific data collection and analysis, and education and outreach in response to the fires.

Storm Water Solutions by High School Students:
A model program is underway for high school students to solve storm water and water pollution issues on the Montgomery High School Campus. Students are developing on-campus projects to capture and disperse storm water to prevent physical and chemical pollution from entering storm drains and tributary creeks that eventually end up in the Laguna and Russian River watershed. Plans are underway to bring this innovative program to high schools throughout Sonoma County.

Creek and Wildlife Habitat Restoration:
The removal of trash and invasive species along the Laguna and its tributaries is continuous. Cleanup is followed by planting thousands of native grasses, trees, sedges and shrubs along these creeks. Currently being restored are Hessel, Irwin, Gravenstein and Zimpher Creeks, and the Laguna, to enhance wildlife habitat and improve water quality.

As we come together to assess and recover from the fires, it's essential that we continue to work on projects with increased tenacity. Most extreme weather events are at least buffered, if not reduced by the absorbent, storage and resilient characteristics of healthy wetlands. Wetlands slow and hold winter floods, store moisture during droughts, and alleviate and buffer advancing fires. They are perhaps nature's most resilient ecosystem in the face of a major disturbance. Restoring our wetlands quite simply means safer, more productive, and more resilient communities that are better able to weather major change.

The Laguna belongs to all of us. Our shared goals are only possible through multiple partnerships and your engaged support. Please donate a special year-end gift to ensure a healthy Laguna now and forever.

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

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