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. This after school service learning group connects students from different schools and provides them with information on local environmental issues, opportunities to learn about careers in the environmental sciences from local professionals, and hands-on experience planning and leading environmentally themed community service projects. The inaugural class was made up of 13 amazing students from local high schools: American Canyon, New Tech, Vintage and Napa High. The NYSC worked with community members to plant oak trees in Napa and American Canyon, hosted a community service day at the RCD demonstration vineyard, shared information environmentally friendly practices at the Napa Earth Day celebration, attended a wildlife lecture and helped clean up trash along the river.
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) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Help support these efforts with a donation by clicking here.
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.
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.
… 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!