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A letter from Nicolas T. Elsishans

 

Dear Conservancy colleagues,

While the Parks Conservancy has long been regarded as an innovator in the delivery of exceptional projects and programs, it has not been so nimble in harnessing data management innovation in its pursuit of excellence. The geographic dispersion and the founding of many programs have resulted in decentralized management of data. As a result, much of the Conservancy’s data resides in disparate systems or on paper and is prevented from being fully leveraged to achieve maximum mission impact. Such systems also are an enormous burden to staff members agency…

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Retail Product Update, May 2017

 

Our Interpretive Sales team has been working hard to continuously create new products that will engage the public. Here are three of the new products they've put out in the last six months!

 

Rickshaw Tote Bags

The Parks Conservancy has teamed up with Rickshaw Bagworks, a San Francisco manufacturer, to produce three totes featuring the dynamic illustrations of Charles House, our Retail Graphic Designer. Charles has created these images to celebrate the beauty of some of our most beloved sites: Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate…

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Golden Gate Raptor Observatory: 2016 Year in Review

 

By Laura Young

GGRO Annual Banquet

In January 2017, the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory (GGRO) celebrated 34 years of fall raptor migration monitoring at its annual banquet. A record number of attendees–including almost 200 volunteers, family, and friends–joined us at the San Rafael Community Center for an evening of homemade food, live music (performed by GGRO volunteer Deborah Crooks and her partner!), and recognition of individual achievements. 

GGRO’s 2016 Banding volunteers, who put bands on raptors during the fall migration,…

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The Alcatraz Garden Program, with support from over 160 volunteers, the Park Stewardship staff and interns, and Marin County Arborists, recently completed a two-month project to remove sixteen mature and historic eucalyptus trees as well as two non-historic cypress trees from the south end of Alcatraz Island. In addition to removing the trees, the newly created bare slope required a layer of erosion fabric and mulch to protect the slope from eroding into the San Francisco Bay.

The removed eucalyptus and cypress trees posed a significant safety hazard to…

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Interpretive Sales Department Update, Fall 2016

 

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS

The publishing arm of the Interpretive Sales Division recently released four beautiful books celebrating the parks, thanks to the outstanding work of our product development, design, operations, and management teams.

Mount Tamalpais Trails has been a hit with our One Tam group and North Bay hikers. Written by Mount Tam expert Barry Spitz—who has hiked (and measured!) every trail on the mountain—and handsomely designed by Vivian Young, it helps bring the mountain to the people in a most useful way. The…

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Nursery Department: Fall 2016

 

Meet the people behind the Native Plant Nurseries and learn about the work they do to find, grow, and spread the love of native plants!

Seed collection -- Kristen Jones (Presidio Intern) collects seeds on the windy bluffs overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.

Plants grown for park projects are collected from the wild. To maintain the health of the wild populations, we only collect 5% of available seeds and make sure to collect from as many different plants as possible to ensure a wide genetic diversity.

Special gear – Loren…

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One Tam Sold-Out Science Summit + New Video

 

On October 28-29, One Tam hosted the first ever Mt. Tam Science Summit. The aim was to share information about the condition of Mt. Tam’s plants, animals, and natural processes, the findings from an extensive collaborative science report, Measuring the Health of a Mountain: A Report on Mount Tamalpais’ Natural Resources.

The 250-person event, held at the Sausalito Portuguese Cultural Center, was sold out. Friday focused on scientists and natural resource managers, while Saturday extended the conversation to students, community groups, and interested community members…

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Written by Arielle N'Diaye

On September 21, 2016 the Institute in partnership with the Healthy Parks Healthy People: Bay Area Collaborative and Bay Area Moves! convened 200 Bay Area parks, public health, non-profit, and academic professionals at the Health Outdoors! Parks and Public Health Forum. 

Attendees listening to morning plenary speaker Dr. Nooshin Razani. Photo: Lea Kassa

 

This all day event took place in Gallery 308 at Lower Fort Mason, and was created as a way for those working at the intersection of health and nature to…

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Development: Trails Forever Recap

 

The 14th Annual Trails Forever Dinner was a huge success thanks to the many staff involved!

Invitation and other graphics designed by Carol Klammer.

 

Team Development plus Oksana, Nathan, Nessa, Veda were in charge of guest relations – greeting, checking in, seating, and auction payments – employing charisma and great skill with their iPads.

Staff lined up at the Check-In booth. Photo: Paul Myers


The lively help of Price Sheppy and the Interns, who drew…

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