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Rare Plant Workshop Allows for Largest Reseeding Effort to Date

Golden Hour Restoration Institute helped host an extremely successful rare plant habitat restoration and seed collection volunteer workshop was conducted at the East Bay Park District’s Serpentine Prairie. We were overwhelmed by the positive response for this workshop and ended up with 10 volunteers and 3 park staff attending the workday. We set a few… Read more »

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Certificate Programs: Two Tiers, More Access

After quite some time and reflection with the board, we’re revamping our Master Restoration Certificate Program. We’ve had success with this program, but aspire to provide access and an inviting experience to more interested students. Therefore, we are creating a Foundations of Restoration Certificate which will require 80 hours of work and courses as well as maintaining our Master Certification… Read more »

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Bay Area Restoration Course, March 5-12-19

BAY AREA RESTORATION COURSE A formal small group course and discussion on Restoration Ecology for professionals, volunteers and interested public   Bay Area Restoration (BAR) offers an academically-infused professional course on restoration principles, project design, and monitoring. The 3 day classroom-based course will interactively present the field of restoration, teach basic principles and ideas, and… Read more »

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Stewardship-Palooza: Bay Area Open Space Council Gathering

We are honored to be working with the exceptionally talented Bay Area Open Space Council staff on a meeting that features a wide variety of talented organizations that have unique perspectives to bring to stewardship of our Bay Area lands. Lech Naumovich from Golden Hour Restoration Institute will be moderating the discussion.   Our goal… Read more »

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Point Molate: Goat Grazing as a Restoration Tool?

Point Molate is an intriguing landscape. In one direction, pristine native coastal grasslands surrounded by patches of native coast scrub. In other areas, dense, decadent eucalpytus forest towers over a seemingly monocultural understory of French broom. In other areas – 99% French Broom cover from soil to sky. This area is of particular interest to… Read more »

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Top Rated Non-Profit for 2013

We’re happy to announce that Golden Hour Restoration Institute was listed as a “Top-Rated Non-Profit of 2013” by the Great Nonprofits organization. Thanks to our students and board for all the support – we couldn’t have done it without you all!

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A New Kind of Volunteer Opportunity: A year long journey to restoring Mission Blue Habitat

The Golden Hour Restoration Institute is partnering with the San Francisco Rec and Parks Department and US Fish and Wildlife Service on an exciting project that will help restore federally threatened Mission Blue butterfly (Icaricia icarioides missionensis) habitat.  We have created a management program from years of research and stewardship projects which have allowed us… Read more »

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The Master Restoration Certificate

We are extremely excited to announce that our pilot Master Restoration Certificate (MRC) program is nearing launch. We will be partnering up with some of the most well established training programs in order to provide boundless field-based expertise and breadth to our certificate program. 2014 will be the time to join us and help create… Read more »

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A Place and Time for Herbicides

Although we’ve never taken any formal position on herbicide use (and are reserving that right), we do believe that well-planned and executed herbicide use can be an acceptable last resort to treating problematic weeds.  This is a thorny question and we’ll do our best to answer it in a knowledgeable fair manner. Bay Nature Institute… Read more »