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, Home Place 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.
- HPA served over 700 children and families in 2017.
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 to teach members of the public how to become Certified California Naturalists! No advanced degrees or previous naturalist experience is required. This program is slated to launch in late 2017, and we need funding for educational materials, field trips, and scholarships for under-served members of the public in our rural communities.
- Our first course will launch in February 2018
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
Tuleyome is implementing in 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. Additional, related work is being funded by the Corona/Twin Peaks Historical Assoc., LLC, and the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District.
Project goals are to:
1. Render the project site safe for public use
2. Support healthy aquatic ecosystems downstream in James Creek, Pope Creek, Lake Berryessa, lower Putah Creek, lower Yolo Bypass, and the Delta
- Our work on remediating the mines continues. We are using state-of-the-art biotechnology to reduce the contaminants left behind when the mine were abandoned.
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.
- We are in the process now of purchasing another piece of land that will allow us to expand the Stebbins Cold Canyon trail.
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.