"I joined the Science Advisory Committee and my wife and I became a supporters because we knew how outstanding the organization’s science work was and I was particularly excited and impressed that they wanted to grow their social science expertise. They understand that conservation is at its core a human behavior. They know that including more diverse civic input is key to increased conservation benefit for wildlife and the diversity of people in our communities. I view policy as an agreement that we enter into as a community or society, whether we have been included in its creation or not. My goal as a public policy scholar is to increase civic engagement in policy so that it better serves everyone. As I spoke with Point Blue’s scientists, I came to see more clearly how environmental conservation is also a type of policy. It encompasses different ways that we agree to restore, protect, and interact with natural ecosystems."
-Sheldon Gen, Professor in the Public Administration Program at San Francisco State University
photo: Sheldon and Laine on the Kortum Trail, Sonoma Coast
Managing water in California's Central Valley is a focal conservation issue of our time. Learn about tools we collaboratively created to address this challenge in a new guest blog post by USGS partner Dr. Kristin Byrd.
We’re pleased to announce Point Blue’s first ever Fire Stewardship Ecologist position. This is an exciting step for Point Blue in the direction of further incorporating good fire into our conservation efforts.
STRAW Education Manager Alba Estrada Lopez was recently highlighted in Sonoma County's Press Democrat. She talks about her passion for conservation science, education, and communities.
The SF Chronicle just reported a major advance in our collaboration to protect whales. Ships will be slowing across the full Cordell Bank and Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries from May to December.
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