The second issue of the Bolinas Lagoon Bulletin has been released!
GFNMS and our agency partners recognize the important role public involvement plays in restoration and management, and this electronic bulletin is just one way we aim to keep you involved!
Interested in receiving the bulletin so you can stay informed on the status of restoration projects, future public meetings, and volunteer opportunities?? Contact Kate Bimrose at firstname.lastname@example.org and sign up to receive the Bolinas Lagoon Bulletin newsletter today! Be on the lookout for a third issue coming this summer, 2013.
To be even more involved in the process, attend upcoming meetings and stay up to date on the status of restoration and management efforts for Bolinas Lagoon. Read more below.
NEXT BLAC MEETING: Friday, October 18, 2013. Location and time TBD. As the meeting date approches check this website for details on location and time.
Reformulation of the Bolinas Lagoon Technical Advisory Council (BLTAC)
At their July 2012 meeting, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved a resolution to establish the Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council (BLAC). Much like its predecessor BLTAC, the new BLAC will continue to advise the Marin County Board of Supervisors, the Board of Directors of the Marin County Open Space District, and Marin County Parks on the management and restoration of the Bolinas Lagoon Open Space Preserve. The BLAC will also remain an important liaison between the lead implementing agencies, and the communities surrounding Bolinas Lagoon.
Reformulation of the old BLTAC was initiated after members expressed concern regarding their role as an advisory committee. Marin County staff sought to redefine parameters in an effort to maintain the original intent of BLTAC as an advisory group promoting stewardship of the lagoon, while recognizing the need to clarify roles and establish more efficient means for promoting sound restoration and management. At the July meeting, Marin County Board of Supervisors considered these changes and approved the new BLAC. Agency, community, and local stakeholder members look forward to increasing protection of the lagoon and its surrounding watershed, implementing restoration projects, and strengthening community outreach and exchange.
FIRST BLAC MEETING: Friday, November 16th, 2012, 9:00 am at the Bolinas Fire Department located at 100 Mesa Road in Bolinas.
SECOND BLAC MEETING: Friday, April 19th, 2013, 9:00 am at the Bolinas Fire Department located at 100 Mesa Road in Bolinas.
Go the Marin County Parks Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council webpage to learn more about the new BLAC!
Sanctuary Advisory Council
The Sanctuary Advisory Council (Council) provides the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary superintendent with advice on priority topics for the sanctuary, and serves as a liaison to the community regarding sanctuary issues, including restoration of Bolinas Lagoon. The Council played an important role in the development of the Locally Preferred Plan and continues to be a vital conduit for relaying community interests, concerns, and management needs to the sanctuary.
NEXT MEETING: Wednesday, May 22nd in San Francisco.
Upcoming meeting agenda items, and agendas and notes from past meetings are posted on the SAC webpage.
Community Lecture: Invasive Spartina at Bolinas Lagoon
On May 16th, 2012 Katy Zaremba and Drew Kerr from the SF Estuary Invasive Spartina Project presented to the community about the history and presence of invasive Spartina, commonly known as cordgrass, at Bolinas Lagoon. In coordination with the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association and BLAC agency partners, the presentation educated the community about how non-native invasive vegetation can alter the physical and biological features of our coastal resources and, particularly for Bolinas Lagoon, pose significant threats to habitat and species. The lecture informed the public on efforts to protect the lagoon from invasive vegetation, and taught the community how they can be on the lookout for potential plant invaders in their own backyard.
To read about the history and presence of Spartina at Bolinas Lagoon download Katy's presentation (3.1MB PDF). For more information about the San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project sites and Spartina removal methods download Drew's presentation (3.2MB PDF).
Bolinas Lagoon Restoration Project Coordinator