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American River Wins Outstanding Environmental Resource Planning and Utilization Award

American River Wins Outstanding Environmental Resource Planning and Utilization Award

The American River Parkway, a collaborative Regional Treasure and fondly called the “Sacramento Crown Jewel”, along with the late Keith Demetrak, California State Parks are the 2012 inductees into the 2012 California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS), District 2, Recreation, Park and Leisure Hall of Honor.  Representing 70 park and recreation agencies in 19 counties of California, the CPRS Induction Ceremony is Friday, March 9, 2012, Barbara Morse Wackford Community and Aquatics Center in Elk Grove, California.  Terry Selk, Director of Tourism, Sacramento-Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is slated as Guest Speaker.

Sacramento's Gem: The American River Bike Trail

Sacramento's Gem:  The American River Bike Trail

Just when you think you are disappointed with what Sacramento has to offer, think again.. The American River Bike Trail has everything to give us a life worth treasuring. From biking to hiking,  boating to wildlife viewing, family picnic to solitary meditation, you have it all.

ARBT is aptly described in one of Bob Dylan's poems, that goes:

"There's beauty in the silver, singin' river,
There's beauty in the rainbow in the sky,
But no one and nothing else can touch the beauty"

 

Wild weather earlier this week doesn't dampen dedication

Wild weather earlier this week doesn't dampen dedication

Mike sent us this picture of "Donna Dove" on 41st Street in East Sac hanging in her nest hatching chicks despite the recent rainy weather. He tells us that's dedication! We agree! How did you survive this recent wild weather? Send me an email MCrowley@news10.net  I'd love to hear about it!

City of Sacramento Fleet wins Clean Air Champion Government Award

City of Sacramento Fleet wins Clean Air Champion Government Award

The City of Sacramento Fleet is the Breathe California of Sacramento’s 2011 Clean Air Champion Government Award Winner. This award is given to public agencies or individuals in government resulting in the design and implementation of cost-effective clean air programs, increased public support for clean air, and new public policies to improve air quality.
The City of Sacramento Fleet is being recognized for its sustainability efforts over the past several years. City of Sacramento Fleet Management has shown exceptional innovation/initiative in the field of clean air programs, beginning with the implementation of their first Fleet Sustainability Policy in 1995.

Since then, Fleet Management has returned to City Council annually to build upon the sustainability strategies adopted in 2005. The Fleet Sustainability Policy creating the Sustainable Fleet Program was adopted by the Sacramento City Council in 2007.

Congresswoman Matsui Introduces Safe and Complete Streets Legislation

Congresswoman Matsui Introduces Safe and Complete Streets Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011, legislation that would require each state’s department of transportation and metropolitan planning organization to put in place a Complete Streets policy that ensures all Federally-funded transportation projects accommodate the safety and convenience of all users. Complete Streets policies ensures roadways are built with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, motorists, freight vehicles, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities. This bipartisan legislation is cosponsored by Congressman Steven LaTourette (R-OH).

“Complete Streets policies are a win-win for local communities: they save lives and create forward-looking projects that provide lasting value,” Matsui said.

Honey Bee Swarms Begin in Sacramento Region

Beginning in spring each year we receive calls from concerned customers and the public regarding honey bee swarms.  Most of these callers fear the swarms and want us to erradicate them.  If you come accross a swarm, such as the one shown here, don’t be alarmed.  It’s only moving day for a colony of Honey Bees.  When a hive becomes too large the queen lays eggs in special brood cells and workers begin feeding the new larvae a special, pollen rich food,  called Royal Jelly.  This causes them to grow into new queens.  One of these queens will become the new mother of the colony.  The old queen will leave the colony, with thousands to tens of thousands of workers, and move to a new location to start a new hive.  Prior to departure scout bees will look at a number of potential new hive sites.