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Jun 2, 2017
California Institute for Rural Studies (CIRS) received two years of Switzer Leadership Grant support to launch a new staff position for Ildi Carlisle-Cummins as Director of the Cal Ag Roots program. Cal Ag Roots, created by Ildi, aims to put historical roots under current California food and farming movements by telling the stories of California's agricultural development in innovative, useful, and relevant ways.Read more >
Feb 15, 2017
In the southern Pacific Ocean, off south-central Chile, is a wind-swept island with a mountain blanketed in old-growth forest. This mountain is inhabited by 70% of the world’s Pink-footed Shearwaters, a globally threatened seabird related to albatrosses. The island is called Isla Mocha (...Read more >
Nov 9, 2016
The North American Community Environmental Leadership Exchange (NACELE), held October 14-17, 2013, convened Indigenous environmental practitioners from around North America in the Capay Valley, about 90 minutes from Berkeley, California. Thirty indigenous environmental leaders participated: tribal...Read more >
Nov 8, 2016
More than ever, we are living in a data-driven world, where stories are enlightening but data drives the bottom line. Funders, policy makers, regulators, resource managers, and other decision makers rely on data to guide strategy. This Network Innovation planning grant enabled Fellows Nicole Ardoin...Read more >
Oct 27, 2016
Dr. Tracey Osborne, partnering with Amazon Watch on the Climate Alliance Mapping Project, built a platform that factually and compellingly demonstrates the geographic footprint of Amazonian oil reserves and the human and natural resources its extraction threatens. Specific outcomes of this Switzer...Read more >
Mar 3, 2016
A Leadership Grant allowed Fellow Amber Pairis to create the Climate Science Alliance in San Diego over the past year. It now serves as an umbrella for bringing people together to leverage programs, projects, resources, and expertise to do something bigger than they could each do alone.Read more >
Feb 10, 2016
Have you ever wondered how wetlands provide services to you and your community? If not, you are not alone. However, there are examples all across the country of ways that wetlands and the state programs that protect them are providing significant benefits to you. Wetlands are known as natural...Read more >
Nov 25, 2015
Brenda Zollitsch recently completed her report, Status and Trends Report on State Wetland Programs in the United States , which provides a comprehensive look at how states are approaching each of the four core elements for state wetland programs, including state summary documents, comparative data...Read more >
Nov 3, 2015
Black-footed and Laysan albatrosses are charismatic, long-lived, pelagic seabirds that are considered important indicators of North Pacific ecosystem health. New information indicated that the most recent official government status assessment for these species might have underestimated population...Read more >
Oct 21, 2015
Today is a hot day in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is 100 degrees F in Palo Alto. At the beach it is in the 80s, and about 50 miles inland it’s hitting 110. In San Francisco, it’s 90. If the fog comes in tomorrow the beach temperatures will drop into the 60s, while staying in the 100s...Read more >

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