Tuleyome


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."

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Address: 607 North Street
Woodland, CA 95695
County or Parish: Yolo County
Primary NTEE: Environment 
Sub NTEE: Natural Resources Conservation & Protection 
Executive Director: Bret Hewitt
Contact Email: mhanson@tuleyome.org
Primary Phone: 530-350-2599
Fax: 530-350-2729
Website: http://www.tuleyome.org
OUR HISTORY IN BRIEF:

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.

Our new Certified California Naturalist Program, in partnership with the University of California, allows us to 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. We are also working with the City of Woodland and Explorit to create a new science education center in Woodland.

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!
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!

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:
  1. 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.
  2. Funding: Program - We need at least $10,000 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.
  3. Funding: Program - We need at least $7,000 to help pay for our Certified California Naturalist program which trains members of the public to become naturalists and docents in our region.
  4. 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.
  5. Space: Office or Other - Tuleyome continues to grow, and we're almost out of space for our personnel and materials. We need larger office space or, preferably, an entire building so we can continue to grow.
"As Tuleyome celebrates our 15th year, we reflect on the many accomplishments of our organization. Accomplishments that wouldn't have been possible without your support.

We started with the protection of 31 miles of Cache Creek as a State Wild and Scenic River. Moved up to the permanent preservation of the Cache Creek and Cedar Roughs Wilderness Areas. Bought the Cold Canyon Headwaters, opening up a new loop trail to the public. Built the Berryessa Peak Trail, opening up the summit to the public for the first time in history. We constructed the Pope-to-Putah Trail, and Valley Vista Trail. Then, in 2015, we were successful in the campaign to designate the 310,000-acre Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. We didn't stop there.

Shortly after the National Monument was designated, we purchased the 1,280-acre Silver Spur Ranch, located in the center of the new monument, with the purpose of conservation and public access. Lands and waters you can visit with your family, forever.

These projects reflect the love that we, and our members, feel for the lands and waters in the region. They represent hope for the future, making the area better for future generations, and the strength of a positive vision.

None of this would have happened without your support!

Now, we realize that even with a positive vision and many accomplishments, there is still work to be done. We continue to defend the National Monument against attempts to abolish or diminish its size. Moving forward, and preventing a loss of all the progress made over the last 15 years, takes effort. It takes time. And it takes financial support from our friends and allies.

We have a new opportunity to expand the protected lands around Cold Canyon, with the potential purchase of 160 acres at the top of the canyon, south of Annie's Trail, straddling the Cold Canyon and Wildhorse Canyon watersheds. The ranch includes a mountain top with 360-degree vistas, which will be open to the public!

Help us continue to advocate for the lands, the wildlife, plants, recreation, and people that inhabit and enjoy the Berryessa Snow Mountain region.

Please contribute today, and help us continue to preserve the lands we love, including the new ranch above Cold Canyon!"

Andrew Fulks
President
Tuleyome