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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Russian River State Parks Web Site Launched

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods have been instrumental in promoting public awareness, providing resources and information for using our natural wonders, and protecting our parks from environmental hazards as well as budget cuts. This web site will give them more tools for doing the job they do so well.

Stewards is very excited to share with you the wonderful news about the launching of our new website. Before I mention some of the features, I want to express my sincere appreciation to Board member Lisa Bacon who, for weeks, has helped me with design decisions, edited content and written new content. Her editing ability has truly made the website something worth reading.

Equal thank you's to David Defries and the team from Webhelper for their wonderful leadership and professional expertise. They have helped us design a website that is beautiful and functional. Your first glimpse of our new look is this new e-newsletter format.

Our warmest gratitude goes to our website sponsor, Sophie's Cellars. John Haggard will share his outstanding expertise and help you find the right sipping or pairing wine for a dinner or that special event. They have an arrangement to waive corkage fees with many fine local dining establishments. Stop in and chat with John and David. David and John are truly wonderful additions to our community.

Some features that you might like to know about:
A home page with lots of helpful information:
• Interactive map
• News updates
• Upcoming events

An online reservation system for signing up for:

• school and adult tours
• EcoAdventures
• volunteer opportunities and training seminars.
• Our e-newsletter

Coming Soon:
A Private volunteer access page with:
• A calendar showing the days you are signed up to volunteer
• Upcoming tours and programs
• Information for specific program volunteers
• An interactive blog to share inspirational stories with fellow volunteers
• An E-store so you can order some of our best interpretive merchandise for yourself, friends and family. We will ship to them directly and you will be supporting Stewards at the same time.

Your feedback and suggestions are welcome.
We want this site to work for everyone.


October 25
- Annual Membership Meeting and Picnic
at the Armstrong Redwoods Group Picnic Area
10:00am - Docent-led Cultural History walk with Doris Dickenson. Doris and Carmen Finley have written a wonderful new book about Col. James B. Armstrong and his family's legacy. Meet Doris in the group picnic area.
Noon - Potluck lunch (bring your own reuseable plates and utensils), Stewards will provide beverages.
Special Guest Speaker - Traci Veraldo-Torres, from the California State Parks Foundation, will give us an update on the State Park Access Pass and our efforts to come up with a sustainable funding source for our State Parks.
Followed by: Annual report to the members and door prizes.

November 8 - Whale Watch Orientation
9:00am to 1:30pm with lunch break
Bodega Bay Grange Hall & Bodega Head
Join in the annual celebration of the Pacific gray whale migration along California’s spectacular coastline. Every weekend from January through May hundreds of park visitors are assisted in observing the whales off Bodega Head by knowledgeable docents.
Contact Ruby Herrick for more information and to register.

November 14 to December 3 Online Auction Fundraiser!
Visit our special auction web site for information on how you can donate items for this fabulous new event. This is a great marketing opportunity for businesses who donate to the auction. There are over 84,000 people bidding on this website.

Michele Luna, Executive Director
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
P.O. Box 2 · Duncans Mills, CA 96430
17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446
Tel: (707) 869-9177

Web Master:
David Defries
870 Market Street, Suite 900
San Francisco, CA 94102

John Haggard
Sophies Cellars
20293 Hwy 116
Monte Rio, CA 95462
11am-7pm, Closed Wed.
Tel: 707.865.1122

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