Northern Region Council (NRC) is a coalition of California land trusts dedicated to advancing the conservation of land and water resources of northern California through strategic planning, training, network opportunities, capacity building, and public policy advocacy tailored to the issues and opportunities of the region.

Mark your calendars!

North Coast Forest Conference and
Northern Region Council Face to Face Meeting
June 7-10, 2017

The next Northern Region Council Face-to-Face meeting will be held in conjunction with the North Coast Forest Conservation Conference in Santa Rosa, June 7-9. Registration is now open.

The theme is: Growing Resilience in our Forests and Woodlands. This inspirational forum will bring together scientists, foresters, landowners, students and the pubic to:

  • Learn about the state of our forests
  • Explore trends and possible futures
  • Share diverse perspectives and innovations, and
  • Discover opportunities for action and collaboration

Glen Oaks Ranch Glen Oaks Ranch

Starting on Friday, June 9, NRC Face-to-Face will involve Friday field trip options and a Friday evening social, following the conference field trips. On Saturday a morning filed trip is planed to take in Sonoma Land Trust's Glen Oaks Ranch is 20-25-minute drive from Santa Rosa

Glen Oaks Ranch includes a stone mansion from the 1860's surrounded by oak woodlands, adjacent to Stuarts Creek, with several trails through blue oak woodlands, chaparral and along the creek. It is the center of our wildlife corridor activities, part of some fish passage barrier removal projects, and just a super splendid place. After morning coffee and round table, we will tour the property to look at some of the restoration work, talk about wildlife corridors, and eat lunch at a great overlook of the Sonoma Valley.

If you are interested in attending the NRC Face contact Carol at carol.vandermeer@gmail.com.

NRC News Highlights

Timberlands Conservation Bill AB1958 signed by the Governor!

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed AB 1958 by Assemblymember Jim Wood updating the Forest Practice Act to allow for restoration of northern California's oak woodlands. This bill was sponsored by the Northcoast Regional Land Trust and The Buckeye, two local organizations committed to helping conserve working landscapes.

The loss of oak woodlands to conifer encroachment is a major conservation concern in northwestern California and across much of the Pacific Northwest, resulting in associated losses of wildlife habitat, cultural uses, biodiversity, stream flow, and other ecosystem services. "Prior to the bill's signing, landowners using any state approved harvest plan to manage conifer encroachment into oak woodlands were required to replant conifers, effectively making it impossible to protect oak woodlands from conifer encroachment," said Yana Valachovic, Forest Advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension whose research helped in the bill's development. "AB 1958 eliminates that requirement and provides a restoration exemption, allowing landowners to remove and sell the conifers in order to make conservation, protection and maintenance of oak woodlands more effective and affordable."

To learn more about oak woodlands and conifer encroachment visit: http://ucanr.edu/sites/oak_range/Conifer_Encroachment/.

For full text of the bill, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.

The NRC face-to-face meeting in Mt. Shasta was a great success!

A big thank-you goes out to the Siskiyou Land Trust for hosting the gathering on May 6 & 7th. The meeting included time for networking and sharing successes and challenges as well as an amazing day out in the field see a wide range of conservation projects in Siskiyou County.

Scott Valley Ranch Beautiful scenery at the Scott River Ranch.

Scott Valley Ranch Gareth Plank, owner of the Scott River Ranch, shares his views on running a certified organic beef operation that also certified as salmon safe and animal welfare approved.

Scott Valley Ranch Residents of the Scott River Ranch.

Scott Valley Ranch Historic barn at the Scott River Ranch.

Townley Ranch Steve Townley shared his story working with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to create a conservation easement that is compatible with drylands farming while preserving space for wintering elk herds.

Big Springs Ranch The large cold-water springs of Shasta Big Springs Ranch, managed by The Nature Conservancy, support over 80% of the coho salmon found rearing in the Shasta River.

City Park Greenway City Park to Downtown Greenway trail has started to connect the Headwaters of the Sacramento River trails with the downtown area.