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Addressing Global Warming:
By Suzanne Jones
Open Space Conservation is Part of the Answer
ne can’t look at a newspaper or turn on the television lately without seeing another story about global warming. While it doesn’t make for pleasant reading, it is very good news that the recognition that global warming is real, is human caused, and requires immediate action has entered the mainstream. Global warming relates directly to the Muir Heritage Land Trust’s (MHLT) work in multiple ways. On the one hand, global warming poses a serious threat to the health of the ecosystems that MHLT is working to protect, so that addressing global warming is essential to fulfilling MHLT’s mission to protect open space and wildlife habitat for future generations. On the other hand, MHLT’s conservation of open space is in itself part of the solution to global warming by helping to limit demand for fossil fuels and preserving the land’s carbon storage capacity. In this issue, we describe how MHLT’s work is affected by global warming, how each of us can help to address this urgent problem, and how land conservation is part of the answer.
Global warming 101 Over the past two centuries, the earth has experienced a gradual, but accelerating increase in the global average temperature. Scientists have very compelling evidence that this increase is predominantly a result of human-caused emissions of “greenhouse gases” into the earth’s atmosphere. (See www.ipcc.ch for the latest science.) Greenhouse gases act like a blanket that traps heat from the sun. They occur naturally, and without them, our earth would be too cold to support life. But until the industrial revolution, the concentrations of these gases in the atmosphere had remained essentially constant for thousands of years. As human technology advanced and human population grew, bringing with them the burning of fossil fuels and other changes on a massive scale, their concentrations increased dramatically. Anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) is primarily responsible for global warming, though other gases contribute too. CO2 is released when fossil fuels (coal, petroleum, and natural gas) are burned to provide electricity, heat, and transportation. CO2 is also emitted as a result of land-use changes such as logging and deforestation. As land
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Note from the Executive Director
Dear Friends, Greetings from the Muir Heritage Land Trust. In this, our Autumn edition of Horizons, you will find an update on recent events and plans for the season to come. For comprehensive information, please visit our website. You will read elsewhere of our gratitude to the hundreds of generous donors, sponsors and volunteers that make our work possible. Spring and Summer at the Land Trust were filled with success and celebration. Next season promises to be exciting and jam-packed as well. I will give you this thumbnail sketch, and refer you to various articles herein for more details. Linus Eukel Executive Director
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Linus Eukel Executive Director Suzanne Jones Land Program Manager Beth Pardieck Stewardship Manager Ellen Visser Outreach Coordinator Johna Winters Administrative Manager
is cleared for agriculture, forest products, or development, vegetation is burned or decomposes, releasing CO2 into the atmosphere. Other key anthropogenic greenhouse gases are methane (CH4), fluorinated gases such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), and nitrous oxide (N2O). They are emitted from a variety of agricultural, chemical, waste-processing and energy-related activities. Levels of all these greenhouse gases in the earth’s atmosphere are significantly higher now than they have been in the preceding half-million years. Climate change effects The observed and expected impacts of global warming are profound, and climate models predict wide regional variations in its effects. For instance, some regions are expected to suffer more severe and frequent droughts, while others may experience increased rainfall and hurricanes. Colder and more severe winters may occur in some regions (such as the North Atlantic) due to changes to ocean circulation caused by global warming. This is why the effects of anthropogenic greenhouse gases are also referred to as “global climate change,” to acknowledge that as the global average temperature increases, the regional effects may be more complex. Significant impacts have already been observed. Sea level rise, increased flooding, forest die-off, and disrupted timing of natural cycles – such as plant flowering, insect emergence, and wildlife migrations – have begun. One of the most disturbing observed effects has been rapid warming at the poles and melting of ice sheets. While climate models predicted these effects, they failed to foresee the rapid time scale on which the melting is actually occurring. For California, scientists expect an increased incidence of droughts, heat waves, coastal flooding and wildfires as well as significant losses of Sierra snow pack and decreased forest yields. The implications for California’s water supply and agricultural productivity are a grave
concern, as are the welfare of California’s people and wildlife. The plants and animals that MHLT is working to preserve may not be able to adapt to rapidly changing climate conditions, which directly affect food supply, breeding success, and survival rates. As such, swift reductions in greenhouse gas emissions are crucial to protecting the long-term health of MHLT’s protected open spaces and their inhabitants. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions The United States contributes more to global warming per-capita than any other country on earth. With only 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. is responsible for 25% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
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Mark Wilson Chair Ken Fischer Vice Chair Sheila Grilli Secretary Louis E. Stoddard Treasurer Bob Aston Peter Colby Ann Cormack Paul Craig Steve Pardieck June Rogers Donn Walklet
Linus Eukel Suzanne Jones Sarah Inez Levy Beth Pardieck Ellen Visser Johna Winters
(For comparison, Europe’s and Japan’s per-capita greenhouse gas emissions are half those of the U.S.) Taken together, the world’s industrialized countries are responsible for about 56% of global greenhouse gas emissions. If greenhouse gas emissions are to be significantly cut, industrialized countries – particularly the U.S. – must rapidly reduce fossil fuel consumption by improving energy efficiency and implementing low-CO2-emitting energy technologies on a massive scale. The world’s developing countries, despite very low average per-capita emissions, are playing an increasingly significant role in the global warming issue as well. Because more than three quarters of the world’s population resides in developing countries, their cumulative emissions have become significant, and in the next decade are expected to equal and exceed those of industrialized countries. Poverty, a lack of economic opportunity, and scarce access to energyefficient technologies leave many
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developing countries with few options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, empirical data shows that as access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities (particularly for women) improve, population growth slows down, and standards of living rise. Effective measures to address these underlying social and economic issues, in combination with access to climate-friendly technologies, are crucial to stabilizing and ultimately reducing greenhouse gas emissions from developing countries. For the past decade, the United Nations’ 1997 Kyoto Protocol has been the centerpiece of international efforts to address climate change. It commits industrialized countries to begin cutting their own emissions, while helping developing countries reduce theirs over time by offering economic development assistance and climate-friendly technology transfer. One hundred and seventy-five nations worldwide have signed and ratified the Kyoto Protocol. The United States signed the treaty in 1998, but has not ratified it. Fortunately, however, meaningful steps to cut America’s greenhouse emissions are beginning. The State of California last year adopted the “Global Warming Solutions Act” which will work to reduce California’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2020, and by 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. This year, similar bills that would take effect nation-wide have been introduced in both houses of Congress as well.
MhLT’s role in reducing local CO2 emissions
from community services and public transportation. By protecting these areas, new development is directed away from greenbelts and toward urban in-fill areas, thereby encouraging more compact, energy-efficient dwellings near public transit and services, and less driving. Additionally, by providing public access to its protected lands, MHLT offers local residents options to hike, bird watch, and horseback ride relatively close to home instead of driving long distances to do so. Preserving undeveloped open space also preserves the natural CO2-uptake and storage capacity of its vegetation. The oak woodlands, chaparral, and riparian areas that MHLT protects from development remove CO2 from the atmosphere and store it as they grow. By protecting these ecosystems, MHLT preserves their CO2 absorption benefits and prevents the CO2 emissions that would occur if they were destroyed. Additionally, MHLT’s habitat restoration projects, such as the upcoming Fernandez Ranch creek restoration, augment the land’s carbon absorption and storage capacity by planting thousands of native trees and shrubs. MHLT’s work to protect open space is part of the answer to global warming, but without a comprehensive global strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the ecosystems and wildlife MHLT is working to preserve are very much at risk. We cannot undo the greenhouse gases that have already been released, and we will have to face their consequences. However, we do have a choice about how much more global warming occurs. If we act swiftly and cooperatively to cut greenhouse emissions, we can prevent the worst effects of climate change, and preserve our precious planet for the sake of the generations of people, plants and animals to come. Be part of the solution
www.muirheritagelandtrust.com www.fueleconomy.gov (rates the most fuel efficient cars) www.energystar.gov (energy efficient appliances) www.builditgreen.org (green building products) www.fsc.org (sustainably grown wood products) www.iclei.org (making communities climate friendly)
Wildlife photos by Brian Murphy
Without a comprehensive global strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the ecosystems and wildlife MHLT is working to preserve are very much at risk.
A significant portion of the United States’ CO2 emissions are generated from residential energy use and automobile transportation. Land use changes such as deforestation and land clearing also contribute. By helping to limit demand for fossil fuels, and by preserving the land’s carbon absorption and storage capacity, land conservation is part of the solution to global warming. The land that MHLT targets for protection is land that would most likely otherwise be developed with large carbon-intensive homes some distance
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The Birth of a Trail
By Sarah Inez Levy
Until recently, I admittedly never thought much about the trails I happily trod through the Bay Area. While biking, white-knuckled, around twisting paths, I thought a lot about finding my line, powering over monster roots, and mainly about how I might avoid crashing painfully and without grace – please please stay straight go straight – into the eucalyptus. While hiking, I had tremendous conversations with friends and with myself. I argued politics and religion. I planned weekend trips, and novels, and cities. While trail running, I thought about life, and running, the nature around me, running, and lunch. But never once in all that thinking did I stop to wonder about the story behind the trail. Never, that is, until one sunny National Trails Day in June, when I found myself among several hundred volunteers atop Sky Ranch in Martinez, pulling together bag lunches for a day of trail building. In one weekend, we were to clear two miles of trail – a new spur of the Bay Area Ridge Trail – in honor of Tina Batt, founding Executive Director of the Muir Heritage Several hundred volunteers showed up on National Trail Days in June to forge the Tina Batt Trail.
Star Gazing Party with the Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society Friday, September 14th 6:30 pm Fernandez Ranch
Tina Batt Trail Dedication & Volunteer Party Saturday, September 29th 9:00 am – 12:00 noon Sky Ranch
Land Trust. Planned and organized by Volunteers for Outdoor California (VOCal) in partnership with the Muir Heritage Land Trust, the project included everything from training crew leaders to designing a hearty menu to feed the droves of hungry workers. Bag lunch and water bottle fitted into my pack, I slathered on some sunscreen, donned a pair of chic green gardening gloves, and found my assigned work group. We did a quick round of introductions, went over some basic safety pointers, and then headed to our first stretch of trail-tobe. There were only seven of us, but team “Better than Government Work” turned out to be the best of them all; we sang glorious renditions of old pop ballads as we whacked at the sun-hardened earth, priding ourselves on both our vocal talent and manual perfectionism. By lunchtime, we were trail masters, leaving a perfectly cleared lane in our wake – or pretty close. With so many work teams leapfrogging each other all day long, the trail emerged amazingly fast, a winding dark swath hugging the golden hillside. By the end of the first day, we were tired and sticky with dirt and sweat, but my group
Fernandez Ranch Hike Saturday, October 13th 9:00 am – 12:00 noon Fernandez Ranch
Sky Ranch Fun Run Sunday, October 21st 9:00 am – 12:00 noon Sky Ranch
CARDA Dog Training Sunday, November 4th 8:00 am – 11:00 am Fernandez Ranch
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was hesitant to leave the path: Let’s just get to that tree; I just want to level this one bump; Let’s just smooth out a couple more inches… But we eventually gathered up our tools, heavier now in jelly arms, and headed back to camp. There, we were greeted with snacks, a freshly tapped keg, and a refreshing breeze sweeping over the ridge. I passed on the sun-shower stations swaying precariously in the wind in favor of a change of clothes and a good face-scrubbing in the port-osink. While a crew of phenomenal cooks turned out a Thai feast in spite of ornery burners, we enjoyed a professional magic show and a live bluegrass band. The wind picked up as the sun dove into the bay, and soon after it disappeared, I crawled, spent, into my sleeping bag and drifted off to the sound of tents thwaping. The next morning, despite many sore limbs, blisters and residual sunburns, we completed the trail in record time. It was my group’s honor to smooth the very last portion of the path. To this, we added some artistic flair: meandering lines, a few sultry curves, one sweet jump. Then, munching sandwiches and homemade cookies, we sat and admired our work. I learned more than I expected to that weekend on Sky Ranch: I learned the difference between a Pulaski and a McLeod – big heavy tools that I had only pretended to know before – and I even learned how to use them. I learned how efficient seven people can be and how hard work
facilitates instant friendships. But most importantly, I learned to appreciate what it takes to create a trail. Years from now, people will still come to hike and play on the Tina Batt Trail. They’ll walk and run, converse, argue and laugh above the perfect, rain-smoothed five-degree slope of the trail. And whether or not they realize it, their footprints will be the next chapter in a story that I and 318 volunteers began one summer weekend in 2007. As for me, I will never look at a trail the same way again. At least until I stop finding burrs in my socks.
Sarah Inez Levy is a freelance writer and rookie trail-builder based in Berkeley, CA. Photos by Paul Garber
Welcome New Board Member Paul Craig
The Muir Heritage Land Trust welcomes long-time Land Trust supporter, Paul Craig, to our Board of Directors. Paul Craig is a Professor Emeritus at UC Davis. He received his PhD in Physics from CalTech, where Richard Feynman – one of his lifetime heroes – served on his PhD Committee. After a career in basic science at Los Alamos and Brookhaven National Laboratories he shifted to environmental policy. He was an early Board Member of Environmental Defense Fund (now ED). Later he served on the energy staff of the President’s Science Adviser, and then became a Professor at UC Davis where he taught energy and environmental policy. His expertise in nuclear waste policy led to a Presidential appointment to the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club Foundation, where he is helping the Sierra Club shift its top priority to global warming. He lives in Martinez with Kay Cox (whom he met backpacking on the John Muir Trail). He loves hiking the Martinez hills.
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ranching heritage Day
On June 23rd, members gathered on the Land Trust’s 702-acre Fernandez Ranch to learn about our community’s ranching heritage as several local ranching families and the Martinez Historical Society shared a look at past and current ranching operations in Contra Costa County. Family and friends enjoyed a rancher’s townhall reunion, horse-drawn carriage rides with Michael Muir’s Access Adventure, children’s activities, a docent-led tour of beautiful Fernandez Ranch and a complimentary BBQ lunch provided by Bulldog Barbecue of Martinez.
Photos by Paul Garber
Welcome To Our New Administrative Manager Johna Winters
Johna Winters brings more than 25 years of accounting, human resources, and administrative expertise to MHLT. Her background includes 13 years in public accounting and an additional 16 years working with and for small to medium size companies in the private sector. Her interest in flourishing ecosystems led to a position on the founding board of The Central Sierra Environmental Center (CSERC) in Sonora, California where she acted as its Financial Officer for 14 years. Ms. Winters lives and gardens in Benicia, with her husband Jack and daughter Nicole.
Ranchers Joe Matta Sr. and Bob Chapman
Learning the ropes
Carriage rides with Michael Muir and Access Adventure
Welcome To Our New Outreach Coordinator Ellen Visser
Ellen Visser, former MHLT Board Member, started with the Land Trust in July as our new Outreach Coordinator. Ellen has been an active volunteer with the Land Trust for eight years. She has worked with staff to create strong and cohesive publications to promote the Trust. Working on her own and as an Art Director with Public Media Center in San Francisco, she has 16 years experience in design and implementation of public service advertising campaigns in the fields of environmental protection, social responsibility, and public health. She is also active in the local community, working to hold housing developers accountable to environmental laws. Ellen holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of San Francisco and the Academy of Art University. She enjoys exploring the rural hills of Contra Costa with her husband, Cameron, and son, Henry.
John Pereira, Bob Sanders, Eddie Brazil, Frank Nunes, Joe Matta Sr. and others swapped stories about the traditions, values and authentic history of our local ranching industry.
Four generations of ranching families were on hand to celebrate and share.
CARDA cutie (California Rescue Dog Association)
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Muir heritage Land Trust Awarded Nearly $2 Million for Fernandez ranch restoration and public Access project
The Muir Heritage Land Trust (MHLT) has been awarded $1.92 million from the highly competitive California River Parkways Grant Program for its Fernandez Ranch project off of Highway 4 between Martinez and Hercules, CA. The River Parkways grant will provide two-thirds of the capital funding needed to open Fernandez Ranch to the public and complete a large-scale creek restoration and habitat enhancement plan. Project partners include the State Coastal Conservancy and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. Approximately $1 million of this grant will be used to restore and enhance unstable and degraded sections of Rodeo Creek. More than 2,500 linear feet of riparian habitat will be restored with over 10,000 native plants. Approximately $900,000 of the grant will support public-access amenities including a staging area for cars and equestrian trailers; a pedestrian and emergency-vehicle bridge spanning Rodeo Creek; approximately 3.5 miles of multi-use wildland trails, of which ½ mile will be ADA accessible, and four picnic areas with interpretive elements. The project budget is $2.8 million and matching funding will be provided by the State Coastal Conservancy, Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and the Oakmead Foundation among many others. Creek cleanup and preparation work has already begun at the site by the East Bay Conservation Corps and volunteers. Final plans, permitting and major construction will start in 2008. Fernandez Ranch is expected to open to the public in 2010. Environmental education is a priority of this project, and the Muir Heritage Land Trust plans to involve the East Bay Conservation Corps, Martinez Unified School District’s Environmental Studies Academy, Contra Costa County Office of Education’s Regional Occupational Program and local community volunteers in all phases of the work. The Muir Heritage Land Trust acquired the 702-acre Fernandez Ranch in 2005 for $3.2 million with funding from the Wildlife Conservation Board, State Coastal Conservancy and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation among many other important foundations and private donors. The California River Parkways grant program came into being when California voters approved Proposition 50, the “Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act” in 2002. According to the California Resources Agency “the act authorized the Legislature to appropriate funds for the acquisition, restoration, protection and development of river parkways. The California River Parkways Program, a competitive grant program administered by the Office of the Secretary for Resources, awards funds to public agencies and nonprofit organizations to develop river parkways in their communities.”
Nicole Bamburger, a Global Studies major at UC Santa Barbara volunteered her time this summer to help MHLT with a variety of projects. Nicole joined us to help with preparation for the Fresh Aire Affaire and archiving important MHLT historical documents. Thanks Nicole!
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The rare Dutchman
By Beth Pardieck The Muir Heritage Land Trust’s protected lands provide refuge for hundreds of remarkable plant and animal species, both common and rare. One fascinating example is the Dutchman’s Pipe, (Aristolochia californica), a native vine that exists only in California. Dutchman’s Pipe can be found in chaparral, forest, grassland and riparian habitats in the Bay Area, and at least four populations thrive on MHLT’s Fernandez Ranch in grasslands adjacent to oak woodlands. You may have also encountered this striking vine while hiking along local creeks or in the shade of oak woodland stands on Sky Ranch. The bright-green vine, with its delicate heart-shaped leaves, winds its way through open grassland, up and around nearby shrubs and can grow up to 20 feet long. Most noticeable in the spring are the unique greenish-purple flowers distinguished by their unusual pipe-like shape. This petal-less flower blooms from January until about April and its tubular form resembles the carnivorous pitcher plant. The 1-2 inch flowers dangle from the vines and exude a foul odor that attracts insects inside, a feature once interpreted as evidence that the plant was carnivorous. It is now understood to be a pollination technique: the insects enter flower after flower spreading pollen as they move on
which is an uncommon pollination adaptation. The Dutchman’s Pipe plays an important role in the local ecosystem as the Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly (Battus philenor) is completely dependent on this vine for its survival. This magnificent butterfly is black and iridescent turquoise on the upper side of its wings, and black with orange and creamcolored spots underneath. It is a large butterfly, reaching up to 4 inches across. Pipevine swallowtail caterpillars consume the vine’s leaves, their sole food source and absorb toxins that make the caterpillars inedible to predators such as birds. The caterpillars then use the plant as a great hiding place to undergo metamorphosis. Later, the adult pipevine swallowtail butterflies return to complete the cycle by laying their eggs on this plant. As final plans for the restoration of Fernandez Ranch and Rodeo Creek are being developed, complex ecological relationships and individual species such as these are considered. The project includes planting more than 10,000 native plants and trees. In order to maximize their ecological benefit, the species to be planted include, not only the usual willow and oak species which will provide bank stability and erosion control, but also Dutchman’s Pipe, and several others that will offer diversity to the landscape and habitat for species such as the pipevine swallowtail butterfly. The preservation and restoration of places such as Fernandez Ranch help ensure that species such as the Dutchman’s Pipe and Pipevine Swallowtail butterfly will coexist and thrive in their natural habitat for years to come.
Dutchman’s Pipe is a native vine that exists only in California.
From caterpillar to butterfly, the Pipevine Swallowtail is completely dependent on the Dutchman’s Pipe for survival.
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Board Member, EBRPD
11th District Assembly Member
Doug McConnell (Bay Area Backroads www.OpenRoad.tv) and hundreds of other Land Trust supporters joined together on August 18 for a very special evening at the Mansion and Estate of the John Muir National Historic Site. This year we honored the East Bay Regional Park District, Overaa Construction and the California State Resources Agency. We celebrated the Park District’s 73 years of dedicated service to purchase and protect more than 97,000 acres; Overaa Construction’s Centennial Anniversary of service as a fourth-generation, family-owned Bay Area business and Land Trust supporter; and the California State Resources Agency for its recent award of a $1.92 million grant in support of restoration and public access on the Fernandez Ranch property. Guests enjoyed a champagne and wine reception, silent auction, light hors d’oeuvres and music by the Jack Eskridge Jazz Duo. Dinner was served al fresco in the orchard with speakers and an exciting live auction. The event was dedicated to the memory of Jack Telfer who passed away last Spring. Jack was a founding board member and generous supporter of the Muir Heritage Land Trust.
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Doug McConnell, Master of Ceremonies
Jerry Overaa with Kathy Hoffman, Senior Field Representative for Congressman George Miller Dr. Joe Ovick,
MHLT Board Members Lou Stoddard and Ken Fischer with Eddie Downer, Chair of The Mechanics Bank
County Superintendent of Schools
CEO, Overaa Construction
Guitarist Jack Estridge
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Auctioneers John & Sean Pereira
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Many thanks to our generous sponsors. Our annual event was a great success because of you.
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Many thanks to our generous donors. July 2006 - June 2007 (partial list)
Benefactors ($25,000 - $999,999) Anonymous Nancy Kittle Loving & Campos Architects, Inc NECA/IBEW Local 302 Patrons Nootbaar Family Fund ($10,000 - $24,999) Jean O’Neil* Firedoll Foundation Gerald Overaa J. M. Long Foundation Steve & Cathy Pardieck Pacific Forest and Parsons Watershed Lands Lawrence E. & Stewardship Council Mary Peirano S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Brad & Trish Piatt Foundation Plumbers Local 159 Seaworld Busch Gardens Helene & Roy Powlan Conservation Fund Robinson Family Trust Shell Oil Products U.S., David & Leslie Rueb Martinez Refinery Carl & Terry Runyon The San Francisco Katherine Shepard Foundation Richard & Sharon Smith Thomas J. Long W. Dirk Sikkema & Foundation Linda Young Lou & Marilyn Stoddard Major Donors George & Helene Strauss ($1,000 - $9,999) Jack & Asilee Telfer Bay Area Barns and Trails Telfer Oil Company Lesley Benn Tilden-Wildcat Blanding, Boyer & Horsemen’s Association Rockwell, LLP The Dow Chemical Peter & Susan Colby Company Chevron Products The Mechanics Bank Company The Watershed Project Johnson & Louise Clarke Union Bank of California Ronald & Rosemary Foundation Clendenen Verizon Foundation ConocoPhillips Company Mark & Anne Wilson Ann & Robert Cormack Whole Foods Market Kay Cox & Paul Craig Joffa & Ellen Dale Sponsors Robert & Kimberly (up to $999) DeVries A & W Industries Edward & Yoshimi John & Cheryl Abel Downer Mary Ann Abreu EDAW/AECOM Judy Adams Linus & Stephanie Eukel Seth Adams Ken & Martha Fischer Lisa Aguirre Jim & Mary Ann Gaebe* John & Barbara Ahlquist Kenneth Gerlack Carol Alderdice & Roger William & Joan Hansen Epperson Larry & Sue Hanson Marjorie Allendorph George & Judith Helder Cheryl Althen Sally Holzman & Burt Anderson Robert Hoagland Carol Anderson David & Susan Hodges Catherine Anderson John Muir Health Carl & Sharon Anduri
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Louise Bordoni* Richard & Mary Bowers Dolly Boyer Marcella Boyer Madaline Boyes Sandra Bozarth Richard & Christine Braunlich, Jr. Lorraine Bray* Barbara Bream Larkin Breed, Jr. William & Christa Brewster* Kurt Brombacher Allynee Brown Ron & Joan Brown Ron & Sharon Brown Dorothy Brown, PH.D Gwendolyn Buchholz Pamela Burns & William Edick Harriet Burt* Sherida Bush & Timothy Platt Dennis Butkowski Cynthia Butler & John King Brianne Byrne David L. & Susann Calkins Candis Carlisle-Kattenburg Ellen Carlson Carmelo & Alicia Carone* Alice Castellanos Theresa Caygill Phyllis & Harvey Ceaser Bob & Donna Cerri Bob & Kathy Chapman Karen Chapman Tina Chou & Steven Harrison Priscilla Christensen Harold Chubb Kathleen Clancy Monica Clark Cameron Clarke & Ellen Visser Marguerite Clemens Laura Clifford Roy Coats Chris Codding & John Ricca Velda & Donald Coffin Robert & Tamara Colarossi Thomas & Terri Coleman Barbara & Robert Conlon Contra Costa Hills Club Jan Rae Cook Jennifer Cook Joanne Cooke Donna Cooper
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Cheril Fagan Martin & Julia Faulkner Dick & Toni Fauver Gary & Laura Febus Ray & Elaine Feeley Jane Fernandez Marjorie & Raymond Ferrari Elaine Ferre Robert & Barbara Fierner Evelyn Fink & Gregory Miller* Harry & Sheilah Fish Christopher Forrest & Manisha Ojha Helene & Randall Frakes Donna & Daniel Frankel* Eugene Franz John & Elinor Fraser Edna Beth Friedman* JoAnne Frudden Dorothy Frumson Dorothy & Raymond Gaschk Don & Janice Geahry Winifred Gegan Mark Geiser Jeannine Gendar Mary Gibbons & John Coakley Laurie Gilbert Walter Gillfillan Merle Gilliland Diane & John Gilmore Ellen Glasser Patricia Gleason* Sabiha Gokcen Golden Gate Truck Center* Wayne & Shirley Goodman Margaret & Andrew Gordon Granite Construction Inc.* Barbara & Robert Grant John Gravell Shirley Gregory Bruce & Jan Grenke Diane Griffiths Sheila Grilli Paul & Mary Grunland Rich Guarienti Phil Haag Thomas Hagler Jean Halford Ross & Gladys Hanna Melva & Thomas Hansen Janess Hanson Jeannie Harmon Marjorie Harmon Patricia Harris
Grace & Peter Hartdegen Alfred & Marian Harvey Carol & James Hatch Mary & Charles Haupt James Haynes Martin & Teresa Head-Gordon Jackie Heath Russell & Kathleen Heath Jo Heathcote Claudia & Scott Hein Karl & Linda Hempfling Daniel Hersh Harlan Heydon Mary Higuera Alison Hill Jeanne Hilson* Joan Hishida Nadine & Michael Hitchcock Kent & Nancy Hobert Mary & Robert Hobson Oliver & Rachel Holmes Bob & Joan Holmoe Russell & Betty Holt Andrew Holtz & Rich Elliott Mary Hook Hulet Hornbeck Jo Anne Hosting Don & Jane Houser Fred Howard Irja Howton David Hunger & Hwi Ling Ng William & Lesley Hunt Noel Hurd Denis & Cathy Huston IBM Corporation Matching Grants Program Ronald Irving* Elaine Jackson Ruth Jamison Eleano Jardine Roy Jeans Jerry & Sheila Jeffry* Robert E. Johnson Kevin & Joan Johnston Kathleen & David Jones Peter & Jeanne Jones Laury Joseph & Doug Rowe Linda & John Judd Carol Jurasin David & Lois Kail Helen Karlsrud M. Carol & Edward Karner* Steven Kaspar Richard Kawin
John Keibel Dean Kelch & Daniel Weinstein William & Joan Kelley Jim & Janet Kennedy Mike & Allison Kenney Joan Keppler Toni Kerr Grace & Karen Kesler John Kiefer Dana & Mary Kilgore Paul & Eunice Kilkenny* Helen Kimball Marian King Katherine Kinoshita Norman Kirshen George Kleeman Ron Kline Al & Ruth Klobas Werner Koellner Linda Korenman & Robert Lindsey Tim & Julie Kruse Nancy Kuchins Norman La Force Doris & Edwin La Grange Garrett Lambert Juliet Lamont & Phil Price Carol Lane & Larry Bradley Dorrie Langley Peter & Early Langley Jeri & Steven Larsen Ron & Paula Lathrop Bob & Beverly Lauderdale Melissa Lawton Ettore Leale Mark & Marjorie Leeds C. & M. Leith Rose & Ronald Lernberg Charles Lewis Glen Lewis & Martha Joseph Stuart & Mary Beth Lilly Richard & Charlotte Liniger Lippow Development* Vera Lis Harold & Betsy Little Nancy & Ernest Lompa Antone Lopes Wencke Lubbock Janet Luhmann Margaret Luna Norm & Christy Lundberg Suzanne & Nathan Lutz James & Shirley Lynch
Peggy & Craig Lyon Judith Ann Mahan Jane Mailander Carol & Hugh Maiocco Elaine Malone Michael & Jennifer Man* Greg Mangani & Tiffany Yee Jane Manning Jon & Kimberly Marangoni George Marcy Valerie Mark David & Marilyn Martin Joan Massey Joe & Laura Matta Marjorie & Kimble Mattingly Gene & Deborah McCabe Don & Nancy McCormack Joye & Charles McCoy Roberta McCoy Stuart & Barbara McCullough L.C. McCune Dr. Norman & Delores McDonald* Rosemary McDonald Shirley McDonald Sydney, Susan & Terry McDonald Andrea & Michael McGill Michele McGrady Joyce & John McIntyre Marianne McKay Mary Colby-McKey Moraga Horsemen’s Association Rose McKinnon Gloria McLaughlin Nancy McLaughlin Shirley McPheeters Virginia McRae John & Diane Meade William Meaden Judy Meegan Michelle & Rolf Mehlhorn Mike & Jamie Menasco Edgar Mendelsohn Christopher G. Meredith Charitable Fund Robert & Robin Merritt Adeline Miller C. C. Miller Carolyn & Keith Miller Beth Miller-Bornemann Carolyn Mills Robert Monaco Rey & Ray Monson Victor & Nancy Montoya Carolina Montufar
Diane Moor Leona Morgan Constance Morris Dolores Morrison Kristi Mortensen Joan Motes Mary Moxon Joyce Munson Lois Murdock Alexander Muromcew Ellis & Rose-Mary Myers Katherine Myskowski Judy & Don Nelson Candice & Stephen Newburn Craig Nielsen Bonnie & Melvin Nordahl Frank Nunes Kathy O’Melia Charles S. O’Connor* George Oeser Iola O’Grady Jean & Dale Olds John & Dianne Ollila M. D. & R. P. Olowin Harold & Marie Olson Lura D. Osgood Elizabeth O’Shea Esther & Rober Oswalt Beth Pardieck Bert Parker Kathleen Parker Jag & Judy Patel Nancy & Thomas Patten Marsha Patterson Joan Paul Johanna Payne Joyce Payne Rolce & Edmund Payne Anne Lise Peachee Martha Pearsall Anita Pearson Sandra Pearson Pamela Peck Cyrle Perry Teresa Peters T & K Images Thomas & Cynthia Peters Dolores Petersen Elizabeth & Tom Piatt Cleone Pink Noreen & Jordan Pitta Beatrice Pixa Ellen Pohl Lorraine & Warren Possin Eleanor Pozzesi Peter & Robyn Praetz Barbara Profe Lewis & Margaret Pruitt*
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Alyce Quadros Rosalind Raab Dan Rademacher Suzanne Radford Ted & Kathy Radke Paul Radosevich & Elise Thomas Wendy Raggio Susan & Doug Randall Maya Rappaport Wayne & Barbara Rasmussen Reed & Graham, Inc.* Constance Regalia Victor & Jean Remorini Tommiette Rey Patricia & Robert Rezak Clara Richert Richmond Environmental Defense Fund Charles Rickenbacher Bettina Ring Peter & Eileen Robertshaw John & Pat Robertson Keith Robinson Elizabeth Robinson-Anello Aldo & Irena Rocca Gael Rodgers June Rogers Gini Rolando Leslie Rushing Mona Russell Robert & Kathleen Russell David & Shari Safianoff Linda Sanford Subir & Mary Sanyal Jeanne Savarese & Michael Urdea Elene Sayre Nancy & Donald Schauer Mark & Leslie Schillinger Schneider Foundation Frieda Schonach Jacqueline & Jeff Schubert Science Applications International Corp.* David & Adele Seaborg Tania Selden James & Nellie Seth Richard & Ann Sexton Bill & Jeanne Sharkey Peter & Helen Sheaff Margaret Shelton Jeff & Tina Sherwin Richard & Barbara Shoop Esther Shope Jane Silva*
Lorraine & George Silva Simmons Family Trust Barry & Theresa Sims Laurel Singer Mike Siverson Igor & Shirley Skaredoff Nancy Skinner Dana Slauson W. L. & Evelyn Slessinger Kathryn Smick Diana & Thomas Smith Genny Smith Matt & Mary Smith Robert Smith Smith Living Trust David Smith & Theresa Blair Mildred Snelson Charles & Muriel Sonne Marty & Wanda Sorensen* Ron Spayde Robert Speck & Sloan McDonald Nancy Sprague Judith Ann Stadler-Lothrop Mary Alice & Joe Stadum Linda Stanley State Farm Companies Foundation Margaret Steele Donald & Beverly Steffen Jean Steffensen Stithem Family Trust Carol Stockbridge James Strong Marietta Stuart Fred & Georgine Sullivan Alan & Dawn Surges John & Elouise Sutter Karen Swaim Steve & Jane Tanner Teris Taskey Dennis & Sally Teeguarden Marilyn Terstegge Marlene Thompson William Tomlinson Helen Tonti Carol Tormey* Robert & Cherie Trautz Ray & Helen Trebino Harvey & Ramona Trowbridge* Doris Tucker Everett & Petal Turner Bill & Betty Turnquist Grace Underwood Valerie Uyeda Ralph & Veronica Vaca
Letty Van Der Vegt Evelyn Van Dreser Janet & David Van Etten Marta Van Loan & Barbara Hannafan Richard & Marylou Vanderkous* Nancy & Don Veir Diane & Frank Vervoort Joan Visser Martin & Polina Vitz Maris & Danie Von Behren Penny & Jere Wade Arnie & Karen Wadler Philip Waggoner Michael & Joyce Wahlig Niels & Elizabeth Waidtlow Phyllis Wainwright William & Susana Wainwright Mary Wais Donn & Tracy Walklet Mashuri & Rahima Warren Janice Watson David Weber Trails Club of Rossmoor D. L. Webster Bill Weiner Hermann Welm Kay & Donald Welsh Edwin West Western Emulsions, Inc.* Phyllis Weston Robert & Karen Wetherel Mark Whatley & Danuta Zaroda Sunde White Helene Whitson Tim & Meridith Wieland Gary & Betsy Willcuts Bobbe Williams Jeff & Karen Williams Margie Williams & Mark Anderson Chris & Teri Wills Jean Wilson Maggie & James Wilson Peter & Amelia Wilson Fred & Diane Wilt Shirley & Alexander Winchester Hugh & Mary Anne Winig Richard Wolfe Michael Wood & Birgit Hueglin-Wood Tracy Woodruff & William Clark Stephanie Woods Mary Carolyn Yandle LaVerne W.Young
Ruth Zamist Flavio Zaro Michael Zinns Rona Zollinger In-Kind Donations (Includes 2007 Fresh Aire Affaire) AAA Concord AG Ferrari Access Adventure Adagia Restaurant Alhambra Valley Products and Publications Althen Enterprises Ann Cormack Berkeley Repertory Theatre Bovine Bakery Bridges Restaurant Broadway Plaza California Magic Dinner Theatre California Symphony Carol Baier Casa Orinda Cecilia Brunazzi Cesar Chandon Christopher Newhard Congressman George Miller Contra Costa Times Cowgirl Creamery Diablo Publications Doug McConnell, OpenRoadTV Donn & Tracy Walklet Dorothy Duff Brown, Ph.D. Dorrie Bosley Langley Dr. Kent Hobert East Bay Business Times East Bay Regional Park District Elizabeth Garsonnin Elizabeth Moorehead Eloise Cotton Gelateria Naia Hafner Vineyard Hike to Yoga: Linda Burkard Jennifer Sauer John Mattos June Rogers K & L Bistro Ken Fischer Lark Creek Walnut Creek Lindsay Wildlife Museum Lou Stoddard Mark Wilson Marriott Vacation Club Mary Alice Stadum
Mary Ann & Jim Gaebe McEvoy Ranch Michael’s Ristorante Microsoft Donation Program Mountain Hardwear, Inc. Mt. Diablo Nursery & Garden Muir-Hanna Vineyards National Park Service
Orchard Nursery Pam Della Paul Craig Peet’s Coffee Pleasant Hill Wine Merchants Point Reyes Country Inn & Stables REI Renaissance Club Sport Roadrunner Sports Saint Mary’s College Saintsbury Savoy Catering Scott Hein Scott Williams Senator Tom Torlakson Sharffen Berger Chocolate Sharp Bicycle Sheila Grilli Bookseller Sleeptrain Pavilion Stephen Joseph Suzanne D’Arcy Suzanne Jones TechSoup Teresa Onoda Tiffany & Co. Touchstone Climbing & Fitness UC Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive Union Bank of California Va De Vi Vine Hill Inn B & B Volunteers for Outdoor California Wendy Tokuda Westwind Adventures Whole Foods Willows Theatre Wine Thieves
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Many thanks to our amazing volunteers. (partial list)
Individuals Donald Anderson Pat Andrews Bob Aston + Kristen Atkinson Jodi Bailey Sue Bainbridge Victoria Barnes Sheila Barry Chris Barry Heath Bartosh Travis Bartosh Ryan Bautista Aileen Bautista Diwa Bayani Jeorge Berninzon Janet Biblin Mark Bir Andrea Blachman Ryan Bongers Phil Book Michael Branning Chris Braunlich Will Braver Eddie Brazil Nancy Brown Jennifer Bucholz John Burman Sherida Bush Sara Bush Matthew Bush Cathleen Caldwell Alice Castellanos Bob Chapman Kiersten Cherry Ben Chess Shannon Chryst Jeffery Clair Jeff Clair Sr. Cameron Clarke Norma Clerici Christene Coan Peter Colby + Tom Coleman Jocelyn Combs Steve Comfort Nick Compaglia Shay Cook Robert Cookman Ann Cormack + Rob Cormack Diane Coventry Kay Cox Paul Craig Karissa DeDecker Ed deJose Chris Detwiller Joshua Dominguez Antoinette Dumpit Roger Epperson Jamie Essy Jeraldean Evans Katie Ewing Ken Fischer + Harold Flowers Susan Foft Richard Foft Erika Furutani Jim Gaebe Mary Ann Gaebe Marcelina Galang Serena Gallegos Roshan Ganjei Jon Garland Bill Granados Erin Gress Sheila Grilli + S. Gustofson Keiko Hase Jim Head Russell Heath Kathleen Heath Scott Hein Denis Huston David Ingmire Penny Johansen Myron Jones Peter Jones Dory Jones Dean Kelch Todd Kiker Karen Kirby Eric Klein Pete Klosterman Nicole Kryda Will Kuehn Yvonne Lagasse Matthew Landberg Christie Larner Sarah Inez Levy Dan Levy Chuck Lewis Glen Lewis Gary Lichau Andy Likuski Aimee Lohr Marissa Lopez Leonard Loscutoff Matthew Lung Maricris Macabeo-Ong
Aasher Malik Beth Mallonee Mike Mallonee Alan Mathews Jeremy Mathews Chris Mathews Amber Matta Joe Matta, Sr. Joe Matta Laura Matta Victoria McAfee Raymond McBeth Otis McCain Tess McGlynn Hilary McQuiston-Fall Paige Mendicino Bob Milbourn Nancy Millick Carolyn Mills Dan Mindrup Elizabeth Moorehead Anthony Moss DeAnna Moss Michael Muir Annalisa Nass Alex Noor Frank Nunes Larry Nunes Morris Older Cathy Pardieck Steve Pardieck + Daphne Pareas Kristopher Paulk Kate Pearson Chris Peck Dianne Pereira John Pereira Gabi Perez Oren Persing Sue Piper Sheri Pizzirulli Timothy Platt Emily Polak Brian Pretti Ezra Rasmussen Cleve Reeves John Ricca Marilyn Rigdon Dale Rivers John Rivers Charlotte Robinson Patrick Roche Jerry Roe June Rogers + Deborah Rosenberg Joseph Russo Kevin Salas Erin Samuels Bob Sanders Brody Sanders Kelly Sandlin
Christian Saul Cabrera Nancy Schaefer Garry Seidlitz David Selders John Sertich Erika Sexton Peter Shanley Rafael Siero Mark Sinclair Igor Skaredoff Coday Skinner Ryan Smiley Tibor Spoon Joe Stadum Mary Alice Stadum Paul Steelhammer Amy Stepan Andrew Stevens Brett Stevenson Pamela Stewart Louis Stoddard + Dave Sturgis Roxanne Sue Maureen Sullivan Kevin Sullivan Lacey Sutherland Doug Taylor Heather Thams Brian Thompson Emily Thompson Glenda Tolentino Shawnda Turner Don Ulrich Jim Utz Amber Vierling Ellen Visser + Nanci Vogtli Kenneth Wacker James Wacker Christina Walburn Mary Walker Donn Walklet + Tracy Walklet Daryl Washbourne Joshua Watson Bill Weiner Nancy Wenninger Mark Wilson + Matthew Wong
Molly Woodward Jonathan Wright Sandra Zapp Rona Zollinger Committees Development Committee Education Committee Finance Committee Land Acquisition Committee Outreach Committee Stewardship Committee Organizations and Businesses Access Adventure Alhambra Oral History Project Volunteers Bay Area Barns and Trails Bay Area Ridge Trail Council Boy Scout Troop 370 Bulldog BBQ California Rescue Dog Association City of Oakland Employees Conoco Phillips Contra Costa County Employees Contra Costa Fire District East Bay Conservation Corps Environmental Studies Academy Martinez Historical Society Martinez Horsemen’s Association Mt. Diablo Audubon Society Mt. Diablo Astronomical Society Nomad Ecological Consulting Organic Solutions REI Rodeo/Hercules Fire District Shell Oil Spinning Wheel Tesoro Tilden Wildcat Horsemen’s Association United Site Services Volunteers for Outdoor California Washington Mutual Bank
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Save the Date
Tina Batt Trail Dedication & Volunteer Party
The Muir Heritage Land Trust invites its members and the community to help us celebrate the opening of the Tina Batt Trail on Sky Ranch. This two-mile trail was constructed in June with the help of Volunteers for Outdoor California and over 300 volunteers from throughout the Bay Area. Please join us as we officially dedicate this spur of the Bay Area Ridge Trail in honor of MHLT Founding Executive Director, Tina Batt.
The mission of the Muir Heritage Land Trust is to ensure a lasting quality of life for future generations by preserving and stewarding open space
P R I N T E D O N R E C Y C L E D PA P E R
saturday, september 29th, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
2007 Annual Autumn Celebration
The Muir Heritage Land Trust is pleased to announce that the Autumn Celebration will be held at the historic McMahon-Telfer Building, 604 Ferry Street, Martinez. Highlights will include free wine and hors d’oeuvres, special guest speakers and our annual volunteer awards presentation. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. For information and directions about both events, visit us online at www.muirheritagelandtrust.org or call 925-228-5460.
Thursday, November 8th, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
and fostering environmental awareness.
ADDRESS SERVICE REQUESTED
P.O. Box 2452, Martinez CA 94553
Nonprofit Org U.S. Postage PAID Martinez, CA Permit No. 189