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Causes: Environment, Environmental Beautification, Environmental Education

Mission: Tuleyome was founded in 2002 as a volunteer advocacy-oriented nonprofit conservation organization. Our mission statement reads: “Tuleyome engages in advocacy and active stewardship with diverse communities to conserve, enhance, restore, and enjoy the lands in the region.” We serve communities mainly throughout Yolo, Lake, Napa, Mendocino, Solano, Glenn and Colusa Counties, but also do outreach in Sacramento County.

Results: In the past, Tuleyome spearheaded the formal California State Wild and Scenic River designation for upper Cache Creek and worked with local Congressman Mike Thompson and Senator Barbara Boxer to designate Cedar Roughs and Cache Creek Wilderness Areas and additions to the Snow Mountain Wilderness. In 2015 we were successful in permanently protecting the Berryessa Snow Mountain region as a National Monument. Considered one of Tuleyome’s most significant accomplishments, the National Monument encompasses over 360,000 acres of federal public lands including the core areas of the Cedar Roughs, Cache Creek and Snow Mountain Wilderness, over 65,000 acres of roadless area, and the critically important connecting migratory corridors that link them together. The region will become an important ecological addition to the National Conservation Lands. At Tuleyome, we also believe that everyone deserves access to the outdoors, and our nationally award winning program, Home Place Adventures, encourages people of all ages to become more connected to and involved with the natural world that surrounds us. In 2012 our Home Place Adventures Program was nationally recognized with it won the National “Kids and Trails Award”, and in 2014 we launched our “Nature and You” lecture series in partnership with Yolo County Library to help educate the public about the local natural environment and introduce them to the scientists and businesses working directly in the field. With our community partners, we continue to expand this program with the publication of educational books for adults and children based on our popular “Tuleyome Tales” newspaper feature articles and the “Species Guide to the Berryessa Snow Mountain Region”. We have recently added trail guide books and an adult coloring book to our list. all of the book are available at Lulu.com. The HPA program provides not only engaging outdoor experiences and service projects which encourage people of all ages to become leaders in conservation, sustainability and land stewardship. The program also has opportunities for volunteers to participate in habitat restoration projects, as well as trail building and maintenance and many other forms of community service. Our goal is to inspire members of public to protect, restore, and enjoy the natural landscape in the Northern Inner Coast Range region.

Target demographics: the environment and members of the public

Direct beneficiaries per year: thousands of citizens and secured permanent protection for over 360,000 acres of federal public lands

Geographic areas served: Yolo, Lake, Solano, Napa and Mendocino Counties, as well as Sacramento. Glenn and Colusa Counties

Programs: HOME PLACE ADVENTURES: At Tuleyome, we believe that everyone deserves access to the outdoors. Our nationally award-winning program, Home Place Adventures, encourages people of all ages to become more connected to and involved with the natural world that surrounds us. TULEYOME YOUTH BOOT BANK: The Tuleyome Boot Bank is a youth hiking boot lending program that provides high quality hiking boots to local youth at no cost for the duration of their physical growth. The Boot Bank, operated out of an antique milk truck by Davis Boy Scout Troop 111, will appear at scheduled community locations. INNER COAST RANGE CONSERVANCY PROGRAM: Tuleyome is spearheading the establishment of the Inner Coast Range Conservancy. The northern inner Coast Range region is largely under-served among similar programs in California and merits a Conservancy program as a matter of fairness and equity, and the Inner Coast Range Conservancy will bring additional funding and capability for implementing locally valued programs to the region. BERRYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN TRAILS INITIATIVE: Comprised of a wide variety of stakeholders from within the Berryessa Snow Mountain region the Berryessa Snow Mountain Region Trails Initiative’s goal is to enhance public access to the Berryessa Snow Mountain region through a well-designed, constructed, and ecologically sensitive regional trails system; and, sustainable maintenance program. MERCURY MINE REMEDIATION PROGRAM: Tuleyome is implementing throughout 2016-2018 a $2.4 million dollar grant by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Ecosystem Restoration Program (ERP) to address drainage waters from the Corona and Twin Peaks Mines in northwest Napa County. BERRYESSA SNOW MOUNTAIN NATIONAL MONUMENT: Berryessa Snow Mountain is now a National Monument thanks you for your hard work! Find out what is going on within the monument and with the Resource Management Plan. TULEYOME LAND AND CONSERVATION STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM: The goal of the Tuleyome Land Conservation and Stewardship Program (TLCSP) is to permanently protect ecological, recreational, and strategically important lands that implement our policy, and work to protect the wild heritage and agricultural heritage of the region.

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Tuleyome is a conservation group involved in community growth (children and adults), as well as development of outdoor recreation areas. The group builds trails, works on easements and access to otherwise difficult sites, and has projects to clean up and restore (with native plants) recreation and borderline areas.
The group conducts a complex program of youth activities, helps with research on specific sites that may be endangered, and has worked on mercury mine clean-up.
Also, the group is active in supporting worthwhile conservation issues with both state and national congressional bodies.