About the Laguna

The Role of the Laguna in the Face of Climate Change Adaptation

Through the North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative the Foundation is taking a leadership role in bringing together stakeholders, governmental agencies, foundations and environmental organizations in Sonoma County in a coordinated effort to minimize negative impacts on our natural resources from climate change, and to devise best land management approaches for both natural and agricultural systems.

Conserving and restoring the Laguna’s biodiversity and ecosystem services (e.g. flood protection) will help increase the resilience of its habitats to the pressures associated with degraded conditions (e.g. pollution, invasive species) and climate associated shifts (e.g. more severe storms, disruption of species interactions such as plant pollination).

Protecting and restoring Laguna watershed creeks and streams will increase aquatic and riparian (stream-side) habitat extent, and so help protect biodiversity by providing improved habitat quality and connectivity for hundreds of species of birds, mammals, insects, and plants. An additional benefit of riparian reforestation is the increased absorption of carbon dioxide via tree growth, providing long-term carbon storage and bringing down greenhouse gas levels in the atmosphere.

North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative Releases Climate Change Fact Sheets for Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties- Released April 2013

Four fact sheets that answer questions about the local impacts of climate change for residents, landowners and decision makers in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa Counties were released today by the North Bay Climate Adaptation Initiative (NBCAI).

“The fact sheets were developed to raise awareness that climate change is underway and measurable,” said Dr. Lisa Micheli, co-chair of NBCAI’s Science Working Group and Executive Director of Pepperwood in Santa Rosa. “As we make presentations in the community and engage local decision makers in small group interactions, the fact sheets will serve as take-home resources for interested citizens.” 

The four fact sheets cover:
• Climate Change in the North Bay explaining the basics of potential impacts for all residentsPDF files opens in a new window;
• Healthy Forests in a Changing Climate for landowners, managers, and stewards of forestsPDF files opens in a new window;
• Rivers, Creeks and Climate Change for those who live near waterwaysPDF files opens in a new window; and
• Policy Issues in a Changing Climate for voters, elected officials, planners and policy makersPDF files opens in a new window.

NBCAI is focusing on county-scale climate adaptation because land and water management, infrastructure investments, open space protection, and emergency response to extreme weather events in our region all lie in the hands of county or municipal decision makers and private landholders. For example, 85% of Sonoma County’s land area is privately owned.

The fact sheets are also available from NBCAI (northbayclimate.org) and California Climate Commons (climate.calcommons.org). For further information about NBCAI, contact James Bernard, Coordinator (jbernard@mcn.org) or view the NBCAI website.