- Last Updated on 27 October 2016
PRMD released a draft environmental impact report for the proposed Belden Barns Farmstead and Winery Project on Sonoma Mountain Road in suymmer 2016 and comments were due by August 1, 2016. The board of supervisors has tentively scheduled a Public Hearing on this project on Tuesday, November 15.
The 406 page Draft EIR can be found here.
- Last Updated on 22 April 2016
The BVCA hosted a Candidates’ Forum with 1st District candidates Susan Gorin, Gina Cuclis, and Keith Rhinehart on April 6 at the Bennett Valley Grange.
The forum was moderated by Alec Peters of the Kenwood Press.
This video is the complete discussion.
- Last Updated on 17 March 2016
Wildlife Ecologist Our March Board meeting features Dr. Quinton Martins, a wildlife ecologist with Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), based at the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen. He leads the ACR’s Mountain Lion Project and will join us at 7 PM to discuss the important topic of Living in Mountain Lion Country.
Please join us to learn about the role of mountain lions and other top predators in ecosystems. As the founder and former CEO of the Cape Leopard Trust in South Africa, Dr. Martins will share his experiences of studying and conserving Cape mountain leopards in South Africa and working with big cats elsewhere in the world.
Dr. Martins’ work highlights the manner in which charismatic and iconic apex predators like leopards and mountain lions act as umbrella species, and can lead to broad ecosystem conservation. Details on the trials and tribulations experienced while studying some of the world’s most elusive animals will be shared, along with recounting the significant value in engaging with the public and landowners. Having a passion for conserving mountain cat, Martins, now based at ACR’s Bouverie Preserve, is heading up ACR’s new Mountain Lion Project, an effort to increase scientific and public understanding of these charismatic predators with whom we share our local habitat.
Dr. Martins has over 20 years of field experience in wilderness areas throughout much of Africa, Saudi Arabia and the USA. He began studying predators in 2003, completed his PhD on “The Ecology of Leopards in the Cederberg Mountains, South Africa” and is now considered the world’s leading expert on Cape mountain leopards. He began looking at large mountain cats on a global scale several years ago and has worked with researchers on mountain lions in California and Nevada. He is also a skilled predator trapper and a research associate and fellow at Bristol and Stellenbosch Universities.
Dr. Martins is passionate about the environment and finding innovative ways to conserve it, including generating funds for conservation in a sustainable manner. He has a particular interest in determining the role of predators in the ecosystem and their use as flagship species for broader environmental conservation – connecting people to the environment and finding ways to mitigate conflict between humans and predators. He has a deep reverence for wilderness, rugged mountains and the role nature can play in shaping our lives.
- Last Updated on 20 November 2015
On Thursday, November 19, 2015 Sandi Potter, Ground Water Geologist, and Tennis Wick, director, of the Sonoma County PRMD led a discussion on the impact on Sonoma County well users of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA).
The bottom line for Bennett Valley residents and agricultural users is that the current act only applies to specific ground water basins and Bennett Valley is not one of them.
Domestic users in the affected basins also are exempt unless they use over 2 acre feet of water per year (this nets out to 1,785 gallons per well per day).
All of the Information presented by the PRMD and more can be found on their website: http://sonomacountygroundwater.org/.
- Last Updated on 15 November 2015
by Craig S. Harrison
Ghilotti Construction has completed the improvements of about a mile on Arnold Drive between “downtown” Glen Ellen and Highway 12. The work is excellent and Glen Ellen’s main road is now worthy of the many fine restaurants located there.
With the advent of what some have described as a “Godzilla El Niño” season, county crews will be focusing on filling pot holes, clearing downed trees and cleaning clogged culverts. Be aware that during large storms road crews may be asked to respond to problems occurring simultaneously throughout the county. They must prioritize their efforts to deal with the worst problems first. Call Public Works (565-5100) to report safety issues or road hazards. For road hazards after hours or weekend emergencies, call the Sheriff dispatch (565-2121).
You can also use the free Smartphone App: SoCoReportIt. Versions are available both for Android and iPhones. For more information and to download this App, see: http://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Services/SoCo-Report-It/Submit-a-Service-Request/
- Last Updated on 17 July 2015
Sandi Potter, Sonoma County's Maanager of Environmental Review and Comprehensive Planning presented the following materials on the Riparian Corridor protections in the County General Plan at July BVCA meeting on July 17th.
See also the PRMD website: http://www.sonoma-county.org/prmd/docs/riparian_corridor/
11-24-2014 PRMD ORD13-0002 ADOPTED ORD Exh AB_final 11-24-14.pdf