Grant will support community and professional training to protect natural diversity
JULY 2010–Stinson Beach, CA – Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and hands-on environmental education programs for children and adults, announced today that it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Marin Community Foundation to provide community training and education to protect and restore native ecosystems throughout Marin County.
The grant will be used to provide comprehensive training of conservation staff, land managers and volunteers in ACR’s best practices in habitat restoration and early detection techniques to control non-native, invasive species. Grant funds will also enable ACR to collaborate with neighboring organizations to identify additional strategies for protecting Marin’s biologically diverse lands into the future.
“The conservation challenge of this new century is to manage and restore those ecosystems we have successfully saved,” said Daniel Gluesenkamp, Director of Habitat Protection & Restoration at Audubon Canyon Ranch. “With the help of MCF, local action on Audubon Canyon Ranch lands will protect these unique sanctuaries and also provide living laboratories for developing important innovations.”
ACR has made Early Detection Rapid Response (EDRR) a core strategy for management of its sanctuaries. By deploying its EDRR strategy, ACR biologists discover outbreaks of invasive species early and are able to respond before the infestation does harm. With grant funding, ACR can share its best practices and techniques with community participants in the program.
For more information, visit the ACR website or email
The Marin Community Foundation is the primary center for philanthropy in Marin County, California. Dedicated to enhancing the community’s quality of like, the Foundation provides support in the areas of the arts, community development, education, the environment, community health, and religion.
The Foundation administers assets from the Leonard and Beryl H. Buck Trust and from funds established by nearly 400 individuals, families, businesses, and community groups. MCF is one of the largest community foundations in the United States, with assets of approximately $1 billion and annual grant distributions of approximately $50 million.
The mission of Audubon Canyon Ranch is to protect the natural resources of its sanctuaries while fostering an understanding and appreciation of these environments. Through ACR's preservation, education, and research programs, ACR educates children and adults, promotes ecological literacy that is grounded in direct experience, and conducts research and restoration that advances conservation science.
Audubon Canyon Ranch Preserves include the Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay, the 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon near Glen Ellen and the 1,000-acre Bolinas Lagoon Preserve near Stinson Beach, which is home to one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most studied Great Egret and Great Blue Heron nesting sites.
Recently ACR announced an agreement with Jim and Shirley Modini to acquire the 1,725-acre Modini Ranch property, located in the Mayacamas Mountains in Sonoma County.
ACR is an independent non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status and has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating, 4 Stars. ACR is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society.
Audubon Canyon Ranch programs are made possible thanks to the contribution of thousands of hours of volunteer service, and donations from caring individuals, foundations and businesses. For more information, call (415) 868-9244, email or visit