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."
|Address:||607 North Street |
Woodland, CA 95695
|County or Parish:||Yolo County|
|Sub NTEE:||Natural Resources Conservation & Protection|
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 330,000 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.
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 books 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.
We're in the process of launching our new Certified California Naturalist Program in partnership with the University of California, through which we will train members of the public to become certified naturalists in the region. And our other major programs now include: the Youth Boot Bank program, the Mercury Mine Remediation project, the Tuleyome Land Conservation and Stewardship program, the Berryessa Snow Mountain Trails Initiative program, and the Inner Coast Range conservancy program.
Our goal is to inspire members of public to protect, restore, and enjoy the natural landscape in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument region. We do a LOT in our region, and with your help we really get things done!
The November 2016 election results indicate a continuing conservative shift in public viewpoints in the United States. Issues and policies that many of us deeply value seem to be threatened. Among these is a potentially significant change in management focus for our public lands. These lands are our American heritage, and are important to our sense of well-being and our place in history as a nation and as individuals. Their protection and stewardship should be non-partisan issues.
Together, we at Tuleyome strive to protect and steward our public lands. We have been inclusive in our outreach and have developed a strong coalition of collaborators and supporters, including conservation organizations, sportsmen, businesses, ranchers and farmers, equestrians, off-highway vehicle owners and other recreational users, elected officials, public agency staff and decision-makers, and many others. Working together, Tuleyome has helped make important regional conservation stewardship gains over the past fifteen years.
Now it's time to defend them.
Now is not a time for inaction or depression; now it's time to organize and act. Become a "CERE Guardian" and pledge to Conserve, Enhance, Restore, and Enjoy our public lands by donating generously to Tuleyome. (We thank regional artist Obi Kaufmann for allowing us to use one of his paintings as the emblem for this campaign.)
Our top needs:
- Funding: Unrestricted - Unrestricted funding will allow us to put your money where it can do the most good as we work to Conserve, Enhance and Restore our open places and regional public lands.
- Funding: Program - We need at least $5000 in funding for our Home Place Adventures program to continue make our fun and educational outings, lectures, hikes and events available for free to the public.
- Funding: Program - We need at least $3000 to help pay for our Certified California Naturalist program which trains members of the public to become naturalists and docents in our region.
- Volunteers - We need volunteers of every kind and at every level. Whatever your skill set is, we can most likely use it. Please volunteer whenever you can.
- Board Members - We need new board members to help our organization diversify more and plan for the next 15 years.
At Tuleyome we believe everyone deserves access to the outdoors. There are now serious efforts throughout the country to take your public lands away from you and sell them off to private individuals, locking you out of the lands you love. Become a CERE Guardian. Pledge to Conserve, Enhance and Restore your public lands and protect your freedom to Enjoy the outdoors!
We are also proud to say that we have some exciting ideas for the new Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, and you can help us make them happen. In the very near future, Tuleyome will begin a Regional Trails Collaborative Initiative. We will bring together diverse user groups, stakeholders, government agencies, and people who love trails and hiking to help plan, build, and maintain trails throughout the entire Berryessa Snow Mountain region. As we saw in the campaign, we can be successful when there is broad stakeholder involvement, and the community embraces the project. Together, we will make sure the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument has an effective management plan, ensure more people can access and appreciate the region, and enhance recreation for everyone.
With our nationally award winning program, Home Place Adventures, we will continue to encourage people of all ages to become more connected to and involved with the natural world that surrounds us. From educational activities like our Tuleyome lecture series, hikes and programs with the Bureau of Land Management to our new classes on learning how to become a nature photographer, and painting in the Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, Tuleyome will continue to foster new fun activities to get people excited about the outdoors. But we need your help to make this happen.
We are an active and ambitious organization.
It is because of your belief in us, the belief in the mission of Tuleyome, your connection to these wonderful lands in our backyard and your sustained support that we are able to do so much. We need your help now to make these new dreams a reality. Please donate to Tuleyome today to help us get to the next level in projects, protection, and connecting people to our great outdoors. Thank you for all that you have done to help make us the great organization we are today. Together, we are going to get a lot more done.
Executive Director, Tuleyome