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."
At Tuleyome, we believe that everyone deserves access to the outdoors. Our nationally award-winning program, Tuleyome Adventures, encourages people of all ages to become more connected to and involved with the natural world that surrounds us. This program provides engaging outdoor experiences and service projects which encourage local youth to become leaders in conservation, sustainability, and land stewardship, and also offers free guided hikes and outings for families, singles, and seniors. Our goal is to educate and empower our community to engage with and care for the land we all love and the resources on which we all depend.
This program served over 1,790 members of the public in 2018.
Do you love nature? Do you want to learn more about local plant, animal, and insect species? Do you want to learn about volunteer opportunities related to the natural environment?
Tuleyome is teaming up with the University of California's extension program and the Woodland Public Library to teach members of the public how to become Certified California Naturalists! No advanced degrees or previous naturalist experience is required!
Our first course was launched in February of 2018, and we had 20 student graduates. Those graduates have since augmented their certification by volunteering over 880 hours throughout the calendar year.
That course went so well that we have scheduled TWO courses for 2019, one in the winter (Feb-April) and one in the summer (June-August). The winter course has already sold out. Donors and sponsors have provided over $6,000 in funding and in-kind donations to help our students get more out of their classes and field trips. We also have graduates from our 2018 course who have offered to provide volunteer assistance with our 2019 courses.
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 up to age 18. The Boot Bank, operated out of an antique milk truck by Davis Boy Scout Troop 111, will become available to the community at scheduled community locations. The Boot Bank was developed in response to the practical challenge faced by families in purchasing high quality, well-fitting hiking boots for youths with ever-increasing shoe sizes. It's simply not economical for most families to purchase such boots that may be worn only a few times before they are outgrown. This circumstance detracts from youth interest and pleasure in hiking.
The Boot Bank was able to provide boots to children in excess of $3500 in 2017 when it first launched.
In 2018, the Boot Bank vehicle was under repair for several months. The Boot Bank operates out of a 1967 Divco step van formerly owned and operated by Marshall Rice in support of his dairy service to the Davis community for 34 years, from 1970 to 2004. The milk truck was acquired by Alan Brattesani after Marshall's passing in November 2014. Alan generously donated the truck to Tuleyome, along with funding for operational costs, in support of the Boot Bank. Throughout the year, it was able to provide free boots to dozens of children.
The mission 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. Our most recent acquisition was the Silver Spur Ranch in the heart of the new Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument.
In 2018 we purchased to Huber Ranch to conserve it and open greater access to the Cold Canyon area for the public.
As you are no doubt aware, the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument was under direct attack from the current Administration over much of 2017. And Tuleyome was at the forefront of the campaign to protect it.
On July 10, 2015, President Obama signed a proclamation declaring the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument in Northern California, and it was Tuleyome that spearheaded that effort. It took us over five years.
The 330,780-acre monument extends from nearly sea level on Bureau of Land Management lands around Lake Berryessa in the south, up to 7,000 feet through the northern Snow Mountain Wilderness and the eastern boundary of the Yuki Wilderness in the Mendocino National Forest.
Berryessa's waters are a crucial element of this landscape and a vital link to the water supply for millions of people. This dramatic and diverse landscape is a biological hotspot providing refuge for rare plant and animal species and showcasing the human history of north-central California.
Native Americans have inhabited these lands for at least the last 20,000 years. Many tribes, including the Yuki, Nomlaki, Patwin, Pomo, Huchnom, Wappo, and Lake Miwok, and Wintum all played a role in the history of this region, one of the most linguistically diverse in California.
But in April of this year the Administration put the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument on a "hit list" with over 20 other national monuments (including eight in California). In immediate response to this announcement, Tuleyome began once again to actively advocate for this very special region, and we were not alone.
More than 2.7 million comments poured in during the Interior Department's 60-day commentary period, and of those, 98% were in support for maintaining and expanding national monuments.
Tuleyome also gathered postcards and letters from hundreds of individuals, regional businesses, city councils, county boards of supervisors, and other elected officials in support of the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. Most recently, working with our partners, our organization was featured twice on Capitol Public Radio, was able to secure passage of Assembly Joint Resolution 15 and garnered a letter of support from Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.
In late August, Interior Secretary Zinke announced that of the national monuments under review, only a handful would be still considered for reduction in size, modification for use, or elimination. Thankfully, the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument was spared the axe (for now), but there is no guarantee that it will remain protected in the future. As we all know, an attack on one national monument is an attack on all of them, and Tuleyome remain vigilant.
In an article in the Daily Democrat newspaper, Tuleyome's Senior Policy Director, Bob Schneider had a lot to say about the secretive process employed by the Administration and its continued attack on public lands: "...This entire sham review occurred behind closed doors; was capricious and a charade; with a generally predetermined political outcome. It is patently illegal," stated Bob. "Trump's Executive Order that calls out national monuments established from 1996 (Grand Staircase- Escalante); to 2017 (Bears Ears) exemplifies the political nature of the review…."
"In particular, we are concerned about the effort to close a portion of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument," Schneider continued. "[It] anchors the northern end of the Klamath-Siskiyou ecological region while Berryessa Snow Mountain anchors the southern end. Connectivity between these national monuments is important for the plants and animals of the region particularly in light of climate change."
Tuleyome will continue to advocate specifically for the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, and ALL of our other national monuments in general until they are safe.