Stanly Lane Spur Trail Grant Approved

Property Owners, Agencies, Volunteers at Stanly Lane

Great news! The City’s grant application to fund planning for the completion of the trail from the end of Stanley Lane out to the Napa River has been approved! FONR helped drive this process by facilitating meetings, helping with grant writing, rounding up letters of support, and providing lots of encouragement to the City and ABAG.

Napa Youth Stewardship Council

Thanks to grants from the Napa County Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, Friends of the Napa River (FONR) partnered with the Napa County Resource Conservation District (RCD) to initiate the Napa Youth Stewardship Council (NYSC) over the 2015-16 school year. Continue reading “Napa Youth Stewardship Council”

Oak Tree Planting efforts in the watershed

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Planting oak trees is a gift to future generations. Our native oak trees provide habitat for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, etc. Friends of the Napa River has partnered with the Napa County RCD for four years on projects (Acorns to Oaks and 5,000 Oaks Initiative)acorn009 to “re-oak” the Napa Valley through classroom oak tree ecology lessons, field trips for students to plant acorns, and community planting events. The idea stemmed from findings from our historical ecology project: only a tiny fraction of Napa Valley’s Valley Oaks remain, and the trajectory was looking grime (check out the Napa Valley Historical Ecology Atlas.)  Valley Oak populations are dwindling throughout their former range in California. We can knit these graceful trees back into our modern landscape: in our parks, our yards, along our roadways and along the margins of our vineyards; they can provide shade in parking lots and schoolyards while also providing valuable habitat, carbon sequestration, groundwater recharge, erosion control, cool shade and beauty. Plant a tree: leave a legacy of stewardship for Napa’s next generations. Contact Shari at to learn more. Help support these efforts with a donation by clicking here.

County seeks more money for Napa flood protection

From the Napa Valley Register:

Whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will consider Napa County’s pitch for another $76 million for Napa flood protection remains the $100,000 question. Local leaders continue pressing to keep the Napa flood bypass – scheduled to be completed in mid-July – from being the finale of the city’s flood control project, approved by voters in 1998.

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Napa Flood Control Project needs promised federal funding

Friends of the Napa River urge the authorities to fight for the completion of the Napa Flood Control Project. FONR supported the study and reviewed the findings. The project needs to be completed to protect Napa neighbors from flooding as promised when voting for Measure A.

From the Napa Valley Register:

Armed with data from a $415,000 engineering study, the local flood district will be trying to shake loose additional money from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to keep the flood project from shutting down.

Currently, the Corps intends to end the flood project next year when construction of the $12.5 million bypass channel bordering downtown Napa is finished.

If that happens, a large swath of the neighborhood near the river would still get wet in a major flood, contrary to the project goals that county voters approved in 1998 when they passed Measure A, a half-cent flood control sales tax.


Wildlife Volunteers at Napa’s River School donate time and money

Friends of the Napa River are excited to be beneficiary of a bake sale by a group of 8th graders at the River School! After receiving several emails like this:

My name is Juliette and I’m doing a school project with my group, Olivia, Amelia, Alisah, and Zach. We are going to try to find some way to help you guys out and support your group. We are trying to decide what we can do to help you guys. Reply to us ASAP and if you have any ideas please tell us.
our group

… we updated the teacher about materials available through our “In-School Watershed Education Program.” The proceeds of the bake sale (over $100) are much appreciated and will be used for this program. Even more thrilling is the interest the students have taken in the study and understanding of our natural environment. Thank you all!Image

Great year for the Acorns to Oaks project!

Collect Acorns
Collect Acorns
Grind Acorns
Grind Acorns

What a great year this has been for the Acorns to Oaks project!  With the RCD we led 4 acorn collecting field trips in the fall, and have given oak presentations to about 12 classes (360 kids). Students have learned about our native oaks, oak ecology, biodiversity in oak communities, acorns as food, the problems facing our native oaks, and how to be an oak steward. Now they are learning how to plant oaks.

Plant Oaks
Plant Oaks

Last month, we had 90 fifth graders (and 15 parents) from the Napa Valley Language Academy out to Alston Park for field lessons on oaks, an oak community scavenger hunt, grinding acorns and eating acorn muffins, and planting oak saplings and wildflower seeds.

On Monday the 15th, we will be planting oaks with the Valley Oak high students at Oak Knoll Ranch (2200 West Oak Knoll Avenue) from 9:30-11:30;  Friday the 19th morning again with the Stone Bridge 5th grade at Suscol Vineyard.

Anyone interested to see how we “re-oak the valley” is welcome to come join us! (Email for directions to the Suscol site.)