The mission of CHEER is to restore coastal ecosystems but do so in a way that safeguards resource-based local economies. CHEER is a “boots on the ground” organization that works through a variety of community partnerships to reverse damage that has been done to the Pajaro River Watershed in northern California, especially in areas that impact native fish.
The Rogue River Watershed Council works to restore in-stream and streamside habitat, improve water quality, and encourage community members to become stewards of the vast Rogue River Watershed. In 2016, Schwemm Family Foundation funds were awarded to the Council for a project that focused on Wagner Creek, a tributary of Bear Creek, which flows into the Rogue River in southwest Oregon. One of the main aspects of this project is to remove the Beeson Robison dam.
Turtle Island Restoration Network mobilizes people to restore oceans, preserve rivers and streams, and protect marine and coastal wildlife, and their conservation initiative SPAWN – Salmon Protection and Watershed Network – focuses on protecting native fish and their habitats. SPAWN’s Ten Thousand Redwoods Project aims to restore and enhance riparian habitat for coho salmon and steelhead trout by planting thousands of redwood trees and other native plant species within California’s Lagunitas Creek watershed, located approximately 30 miles northwest of San Francisco.
Raptors Are the Solution (RATS) conducts educational outreach regarding the ecological role of birds of prey in urban and wild areas and the impacts to birds and humans from the widespread use of rat poison. RATS partners with diverse interests to work toward eliminating toxic rodenticides from the food web, with the overall goal of having all anticoagulant and other poisonous rodenticides taken off the market so they can no longer be introduced into the ecosystem.
In 1990, the Lake County Forest Preserves began acquiring the land that would become Grassy Lake Forest Preserve. Today, the 689-acre preserve significantly enhances the quality of life in the Barrington community, with its gently rolling hills, oak woodlands, marshes and moraines. Three high quality natural features include Flint Creek, Wagner Fen – home to eight endangered and threatened species – and the surrounding oak woodlands and wooded bluffs, which provide habitat for songbirds, woodpeckers and hawks.
The California Urban Streams Partnership (CUSP) is an organization of local, regional and statewide groups working together to protect, restore, and steward urban streams and watersheds in California. CUSP advocates for the improvement of wildlife habitat, the return of functioning ecosystems, and the betterment of urban environments and quality of life.
The Pacific Ocean is one of the most important drivers of the California environment. What’s happening in the ocean directly influences our weather, our biodiversity, and our economy. The California Current, the primary feature of our region of the Pacific, is one of the most productive natural phenomena in the world. But right now we are watching the ocean and the Current operate in ways that are historically unprecedented. View Sea of Troubles video.
The Watershed Project is a non-profit organization based in Richmond, California that focuses on the well-being and connectivity of watersheds as well as the people who live within them. One of their projects works with neighbors and other volunteers to construct a series of rain gardens along the Richmond Greenway adjacent to the San Francisco Bay. The Watershed Project received a grant from the Schwemm Family Foundation in 2015 to support the construction of one of these rain gardens and completed the work this fall.