BLOG ROUND-UP: Sacramento Valley blessings: water + land + sunlight; Lessons in American River hatchery management; The truth behind big, beautiful reforestation initiatives; and more …

Our blessings in the Sacramento Valley: water + land + sunlight

David Guy writes, “As we reflect on this tumultuous year, we have much to be thankful and a lot to learn. Along with the truly special people that grace our lives, we are all thankful for the Sacramento Valley’s unique combination of water, land and sun–the essential ingredients for bountiful life and the amazing biodiversity of our region.  This combination of water, land and sun provides the energy that brings the following to life: … ”  Read more from the Northern California Water Association blog here: Our blessings in the Sacramento Valley: water + land + sunlight

Celebrating the holidays: A time to think about population health and wellness in our communities

David Guy writes, “As we all settle in for the holidays in this extraordinary year, we hope this moment in time provides an opportunity for celebrating family and introspection, a time to think about our families and friends, and what is essential in our lives. We have learned this year that we cannot take population health and wellness for granted and this conspicuous moment in time calls on us to collectively focus on population health and wellness and the importance of enhancing our communities so people can live healthier and more fulfilling lives. … ”  Read more from the Northern California Water Association blog here:  Celebrating the holidays: A time to think about population health and wellness in our communities

Lessons in American River hatchery management based on returns from 2016 and 2017 salmon smolt releases

Tom Cannon writes, “The American River provides approximately 20-40% of the Central Valley fall Chinook run each year. Most of the American River run is derived from hatchery smolt releases from the Nimbus American River Hatchery. In this post, I suggest hatchery and water management actions to increase the ratio of adult returns per hatchery smolt releases to enhance fishery benefits from the American River hatchery.  This post builds on earlier posts.  … ”  Read more from the California Fisheries blog here: Lessons in American River hatchery management based on returns from 2016 and 2017 salmon smolt releases

The truth behind big, beautiful reforestation initiatives

Elizabeth Miller writes, “The rhetoric around tree-planting has grown abundant. Reforestation is pitched as the forgotten solution; an economic lifeblood for rural communities; a boost for wildlife, water and soil; a chance for the US to lead; and, increasingly, as a cure to the despair shadowing climate change predictions. It’s no wonder the appeal has crossed party lines, with new bipartisan legislation joining calls from the White House to plant more trees. Logistical hurdles, however, call into question the magnitude of American policymakers’ buzzy, ambitious orders to restore forests.  How exactly do reforestation initiatives work? … ”  Read more from the Sierra Club here: The truth behind big, beautiful reforestation initiatives

Time to indigenize lands and water conservation

Melissa Nelson writes, “Whenever I see a bumper sticker that says “Decolonize the Land” or “Rematriate the Land” or, simply, “Land Back,” I feel a little rush of pride and excitement. After all, few things are more important to Indigenous peoples than the return of stolen ancestral lands. These aren’t, however, just sound-bite slogans; those words represent significant values, aspirations, and ways of living among Native peoples. They remind us how Native lands around the globe, including here in the United States, have been colonized. This colonization continues today in the form of logging, mining, and oil and gas drilling—processes of pillage euphemistically called “resource extraction” or “economic development.” But there are also potent countermovements against this continued colonization, efforts to restore lands and waters to Indigenous guardianship and/or Indigenous stewardship.” … ”  Read more from the Sierra Club here:  Time to indigenize lands and water conservation

PHOTO CREDIT: Christmas fountain by Ferd Brundick

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