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Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods (Stewards) is a non-profit organization that partners with the Russian River Sector of California State Parks, which is in the Sonoma Mendocino Coast District. The southern part of the sector includes Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve (outside Guerneville), Austin Creek State Recreation Area (a park Stewards is now operating), Sonoma Coast State Park (from Bodega Bay to Jenner) and includes the Willow Creek watershed. State Parks depends on Stewards to provide funding for the Volunteers in Parks Program, educational and interpretive activities, for resource management and stewardship projects, and to assist in the development of interpretive facilities and displays.
The State Parks of Sonoma County's coast and Russian River valley are rich in natural and cultural history, biological diversity and distinctive geology. Our mission is to promote education, preservation and restoration of the natural and cultural resources of Russian River area State Parks through interpretation and public stewardship. We do this (with the help of 350 volunteers) by providing park visitors of all ages with a variety of programs and opportunities to experience and explore these exceptional parks.
With your support, Stewards is protecting Austin Creek State Recreation Area through an operating agreement with State Parks that started in 2012. We reopened Bullfrog Pond Campground and three backcountry campsites. We are providing public access and programs in areas on the Sonoma Coast that are still closed seasonally, as well as continuing all our existing education and stewardship programs during these unprecedented times. Stewards launched a new Marine Education Program in 2014. We continue to support efforts to secure a sustainable funding source for our state parks. All donations will help us achieve our goal of keeping YOUR parks open and thriving!
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