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Weekend Along The Farm Trails

Oct 13 – Oct 14, 2018 | 10am to 4pm

Sonoma County farmers will open their gates and barn doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at life on the farm in October 2018.

Registered guests will receive the list of participating farms and a detailed program along with a link to an interactive online map in their inbox. PLEASE NOTE, NOT all Farm Trails members will be open for visitors this weekend. You must register to receive details.

Meet your farmers & vintners, shop from delicious farmstands, see how cheese is made, pick pumpkins, meet farm animals, learn about beekeeping, sample delicious food & libations and discover some of Sonoma County’s best kept secrets!

Most of the stops are FREE. All you need is transportation, the program and online map, a cooler to keep your purchases fresh, and a sense of adventure!


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Marin supervisors OK $2.5 million for open space land near Mount Burdell

Marin County will use about $2.5 million of Measure A money to acquire 167 acres of ranchland adjacent to the Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve.

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the expenditure on Tuesday.

“It is a staggeringly beautiful landscape and a natural geographic extension in the landscape from the existing Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve,” said Carl Somers, planning manager for Marin County Parks.

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Outdoor Adventures with Sonoma Land Trust Redwoods, Estuaries, Wildlife and more! 2018 Fall Outings

What Happens When the Bar Closes? — The Sandbar, That Is
September 6, 7–8:30pm — Public Talk at Sonoma Land Trust, Level 1
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September 15, 10am–2pm Russian River Estuary Walk — Members Only, Level 3

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Many estuaries are characterized by intermittent closure, which is when a sandbar closes the mouth and separates a coastal lagoon from the ocean. In the basin behind the sand barrier, water levels may rise or fall and water quality extremes typically develop. Professor John Largier of Bodega Marine Lab will talk about the Estero Americano and other estuaries as he shares his research with us. This presentation will be followed by an in-person exploration of the Russian River estuary.

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Regional Mode Share Report

The Active Transportation Alliance is Chicagoland’s voice for better walking, biking and transit. With an aim to create healthy, sustainable and equitable communities, our goal for 2025 is to see 50 percent of all trips in the region made by people walking, biking or using public transit. To track progress by mode, Active Trans compiles and analyzes publicly available mode share and travel data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey (ACS) and US Decennial Census. The census provides local commute data by mode on an annual basis; however, the survey data is limited since it does not capture pedestrian, bicycle or transit trips made for non-work purposes such as shopping or recreation.

This report also analyzes transportation data from our regional planning organization Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) and the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) as well as congestion data from Texas A&M University’s Urban Mobility Report. Overall Trends The Chicagoland region has seen a substantial decrease in walking, biking and transit work trips since 1980 when nearly a quarter of residents used one of these modes to get to work. Regionally, as walking, biking and transit trips have declined, driving commute trips have increased as have the percentage of people working from home. While disappointing, over the last decade the downward trend of people walking, biking and taking transit to work has reversed and is again climbing, growing from 15.4 percent in 2006 to 17.1 percent in 2016 (Figure 1). This recent growth was mostly driven by an increase in walking, biking and transit in the City of Chicago (Figure 2).

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