- Organization Name:707-527-5075
- Address:900 Sanford Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
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Our mission is to preserve and restore the Laguna de Santa Rosa and to educate the public about this Wetland of International Importance.
The Laguna de Santa Rosa is a 22-mile wetland complex that is a mosaic of open water, seasonal and perennial wetland, riparian forest and oak woodland. The Laguna’s watershed encompasses 254 square miles and is the largest tributary of the Russian River. Within the watershed lie the towns of Windsor, Sebastopol, Santa Rosa, Cotati and Rohnert Park, and a majority of the entire population of Sonoma County. The Laguna is surrounded by residential, agricultural, and recreational uses. This wetland complex is a unique ecosystem and is an important stopover for thousands of birds migrating along the Pacific Flyway. In addition to the habitat it provides for wildlife the Laguna serves our communities as a natural holding basin during heavy rains, minimizing downstream flooding.
The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation was started by a group of community members in 1989 who shared a common appreciation of the large wetland area in Sonoma County that provided resources and tools for everyday living for thousands of generations of Native Americans, plus leisure and recreation opportunities and agricultural land during settlement of the area, yet had long been drained for reclamation and construction, pumped to water crops, and used to transport agricultural waste and treated community waste water.
During our history the Foundation has had many key accomplishments, including development of our respected and sought after docent training program and environmental education program, Learning Laguna, which, since its inception in 1999 has provided in-class and field learning adventures for almost 10,000 of 2nd-4th graders throughout the watershed. Over the years we have led dozens of educational outings and taught thousands of community members about the Laguna.
We have completed restoration projects to re-establish wildlife habitat by planting over 10,000 native trees on over 50 acres. In 2006 we published Enhancing and Caring for the Laguna, a comprehensive restoration and management plan for the Laguna watershed. Biennially we conduct the State of the Laguna Conference and Science Symposium, bringing together scientists, land owners and managers, public agencies, business and community members for the purpose of sharing science and creating dialog. An outcome of the most recent conference is the North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative.
In 2008 we secured the Sebastopol Wetlands Preserve as a California Watchable Wildlife location and from 2009-2011 worked to establish the Laguna wetland complex with a Ramsar Convention Wetland of International Importance for its habitat for migrating waterfowl and rare and endangered plants.
We raised the funds for restoration of the historic farmhouse on Stone Farm which is Santa Rosa historical landmark #1 and became the Foundation offices in 2007. We secured most of the funding for the construction of the Laguna Environmental Center which, while not completely done, opened in May of 2012. The Center includes an outdoor classroom landscaped with native plants, and Great Blue Heron Hall which serves as a classroom for docent training and public education classes and events, meeting space, and a unique rental venue for the community.
The Laguna Foundation is proud to say that community volunteers are at the heart of all our programs, including the Learning Laguna school program and LagunaKeepers restoration workdays. Citizen Scientists also help us monitor bird populations and assess the unique vernal pool habitats of the Santa Rosa Plain.
- Year established:1989
- Organization type:Grantseeker
- Country of registration:United States
- Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
- IRS Section:501(c)(3)
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