After almost a decade’s worth of hard work by local environmental advocates, including the Chapter and Greenbelt Alliance, the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Conservation Plan has finally been adopted. It will preserve 46,000 acres and raise $650 million for conservation over the next 50 years. A coalition of county, regional, and national organizations with the common goal of supporting the plan made the difference.
The shortage of affordable housing in the Bay Area has driven many workers to move to communities far from their jobs. This in turn has caused environmental issues from congestion on the roadways to pollution in our air and climate change.
“Somebody stole the back wheel from my bicycle,” says new Chapter staff member Kenneth Rosales, but his enthusiasm for helping the Chapter’s environmental advocacy efforts is undimmed by the prospect of commuting on Highway 101 until he gets the bike fixed. Read about the Chapter’s new Conservation Program Coordinator, who describes himself both as a waste geek and as an environmental generalist.
The Chapter recently lost a long-time passionate environmentalist, Patricia J. Kaspar. Trish supported many local efforts to protect our trails, trees and mountains. As a key member of the Loma Prietan’s editorial board, we will miss her wit, her humor, and her expert wordsmithing skills. Read more here.