2015 Annual Report

Stewards is pleased to present our first printed Annual Report. If you have not received one in the mail and would like one please contact us at


2012/2014 Major Accomplishments

Link to 2014 Annual Meeting Report

Stewards is the primary support for the Russian River District "Volunteers in Parks" (VIP) programs and provides much needed funding and staffing for the recruitment and training of 300 docent/volunteer participants.

Since 2009, Stewards has spent significant time battling State Park budget cuts and the threats to close our beloved State Parks. After the defeat of Proposition 21 in 2010, the passing of AB42 in 2011, Stewards stepped up and entered into an operating agreement with State Parks to keep Austin Creek State Recreation Area open in 2012. In 2013, Stewards expanded programs with youth, reopened the backcounty campsites in Austin Creek, and raised funding for a new Marine Education Program on Sonoma Coast. This program will expand marine education for youth and park visitors on Sonoma Coast and create an exciting Mobile Marine Education Center

In 2012, Stewards also entered into partnership with the California State Parks Foundation, the National Trust of Historic Preservation and California State Parks to rehabilitate Pond Farm Pottery in Austin Creek State Recreation Area. Pond Farm was the home, workshop and school of international reknowned ceramic artist Margarite Wildenhain who was trained as this female master potter at the famous Bauhaus in Germany. Stewards is honored to have the support of the California State Parks Foundation, which has selected Austin Creek as a model for the future. In 2013, funding was raised to stabilize the iconic Pond Farm barn and Marguerite's house. This work will commence in 2014. Pond Farm will also receive the honor of being named a National Historic site in 2014.

Annual ReportStewards serves over 6,000 school children annually with reservations for school group programs at Sonoma Coast SP and at Armstrong Redwoods SNR. Of those, Stewards schedules docent-led experiences for about 2,500 children. Through our School Group Education Programs they study: the magnificent old-growth redwoods; the fascinating intertidal zone; marine ecology, the life cycle of salmon; the cultural groups who lived and worked on the lands of the Sonoma Coastal area.

In 2008, Stewards launched their Docent and Community Education Program. It has been an outstanding success with over 400 participants annually. This effort aids in recruiting about 50 new docent/volunteers for the  "Volunteers in Parks" programs each year.

Annual ReportSince 2009, Stewards has been under contract with the Sonoma County Water Agency to monitor harbor seals on the Sonoma Coast and in the Russian River. The purpose of this project is to ensure the safety of the harbor seals who reside at the Russian River mouth while the federally-mandated Biological Opinion is implemented to restore salmon habitat in the estuary.

Since 2009, Stewards raised $1.1million dollars to restore fish passage in the Willow Creek watershed. In 2011, this project replacied six culverts with a single-span, precast, 43-foot long concrete bridge. This will reestablish channel connectivity through 1,000 feet of wetlands and allow for natural channel development. The project will also improve road safety, reduce flooding and maintain public access to existing State Park facilities and campgrounds. In October 2011, the Willow Creek watershed was ready for the release of 11,000 coho salmon that were raised at the Warm Springs hatchery by the Army Corps. This article shares the excitement we all felt about this mementos occassion. Monitoring continues into 2014 and a new interpretive panel telling the story of restoration efforts will be completed in 2014.

In 2013/2014 Stewards raised $30,000 for commemorative interpretive panels and nature signs for Armstrong Redwoods. 

In 2014 we launched our Marine Education Program with the purchase of a Step Van that we converted into our Steward Ship. The Steward Ship is a mobile marine educaiton visitor center that will go to schools, be at special events and Sonoma Coast beach locations to educate visitors of all ages about the marine ecosystem. 

2013 Audited Fiscal Year End Report

Stewards is primarily supported through resale of educational materials in its visitor centers, sale of firewood at State Parks campgrounds, memberships, grants, donations from individuals and corporations, and other fund development activities. A breakdown of how funds were expended is as follows:

Program Expenses - $422,119 (87%)
Administrative Expenses - $26,811 (5%)
Fundraising Expenses - $36,270 (8%)

Net Assets - $202,233
Financial Statements and Annual 990 and 1023 are available upon request.

For more information, email or call (707) 869-9177.  

Major Donors (2008-2014)

Foundation/State/Federal Grants
Association of Partners for Public Lands - In-kind grant - $3,000
California State Coastal Conservancy - Willow Creek 2nd Bridge Project (2008) $141,035
California State Coastal Conservancy - Explore the Coast Grant (2013) $38,000
California State Coastal Commission - Whale Tail Grant - Sonoma Coast Tidepool       Program (2009)- $8,208 (2012) $9,500  
California State Parks Foundation Operating Grant - (2012) $56,000, (2013) 40,000, (2014) 30,000
California State Parks Foundation - Environmental Education Programs (2009) $5,000, (2010) $5,000, (2012) $6,000
California State Parks Foundation - Earth Day Grant (2011) $2,700, (2012) $9,800, (2013) 5,000, (2014) Stewardship grant $5,000
Clif Bar Family Foundation - (2014) $2,500
Community Foundation Sonoma County - Russian River Trust - (2012) $1,800, (2014) $1,680 
Community Foundation Sonoma County - Environmental Education - (2013) $15,000, (2014) $15,000 
Dean Witter Foundation - Docent Recruitment  and Training Program (2008) $16,500
Dean Witter Foundation - Environmental Education Program  Support (2009) $20,000,  (2012) $25,000, (2013) $25,000, (2014) $25,000
Department of Fish and Game - Willow Creek 2nd Bridge Project (2009) $352,000   Fisherman's Festival Sonoma Coast Programs (2008, 2009) $3,300 (2010) $1,000 (2011) $1,500 (2012) $2,000, (2013) $2,000, (2014) $2,000
Medtronic Foundation - (2011) $8,000, (2012) $10,000, (2013) $10,000
Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation - (2012) $2,000  
National Environmental Education Foundation (2011) $5,000, (2012) $2,000
National Fish and Wildlife Fund - OSPR - Willow Creek 2nd Bridget - $75,500  
NOAA Open Rivers Initiative - Willow Creek 2nd Bridge Project (2010) $400,000  
Save the Redwoods League - Docent Program (2008) $5,000, (2009) $4,000, (2010) $3,000 (2011) $4,000, (2012) $5,000, (2013) $5,000, (2014) $5,000
Olmstead Park Fund - (2012) 2,000  
Sebastopol Rotary - (2011) $2,000
Russian River Rec and Park  - (2012) $1,500, (2013) $750, (2014) $1,000
Russian River Rotary - (2013) $1,000, (2014) $1,000
State Farm Insurance - (2010) $500
Westamerica Bank - Education grant (2009), $500 

Agency Contracts and Grants
Sonoma County Water Agency - Pinniped Monitoring Program (2009) $25,000, (2010) $79,000, (2013) $71,000
Sonoma County Water Agency/Trout Unlimited - Willow Creek 2nd Bridge Project - $100,000 
Bureau of Land Management (2012) 2,500 (2013) $7,500, (2014) $5,000
Sonoma County Advertising Funds - (2013) $4,000, (2014) $5,000 

Corporate/Business Donors & Sponsors ($10,000 or more)
Affinity Solar Energy
Berkshire Hathaway Realty
A Hot Tub Place
Russian River Getaways - Camille LeGrand

Corporate/Business Donors & Sponsors ($5,000 or more)
Guerneville Pacific Gas and Electric 

Corporate/Business Donors & Sponsors ($2,000 or more)
Christopher Queen Galleries
Barefoot Wines 
Fern Grove Cottages
North Bay Corporation 
Sonoma West Times and News

Corporate/Business Donors & Sponsors ($1,000 or more)
Concrete Images Inc.
Creature Pictures LLC.
Gene Gaffney Insurance Services
Guerneville Graphics
Gravy Produtions LLC.
Hubbubble LLC.  
Korbel California Champagne   
Paydirt Pictures
River Reader Bookstore
Roll Giving and Paramount Community Giving  
Sonoma County Gazette   
Sonoma Cutrer
Sophies Cellars  
Whole Foods
Westamerica Bank

Corporate/Business Donors & Sponsors ($500 or more)
Applewood Inn and Spa
Chef Patrick  
Coffee Bazaar
Corks Restaurant  
Frank Howard Allen
Gregory Hayes Photography  
Lucasfilm Foundation 
Old World Winery  
Redwood Credit Union
Russian River Chamber of Commerce  
Russian River Times
Russian River Travel
Russian River Vineyards  
Sonoma Uncorked
State Farm Insurance
Washington Mutual Bank
West County Gazette

Individual Donors ($10,000 or more)
Camille LeGrand 
Betty Reiss
Elaine and Mike Von der Porten  

Individual Donors ($5,000 or more)
Jim and Marcy Beck
Gregory Fearon and Pat Kuta
Owen and Virginia Keech Bird Family
Laura Morgan
The Neil and Amelia McDaniel Charitable Trust  

Individual Donors ($1,000 or more) 
James Barnes
Doris Dickenson 
Rob Dickerson 
Leslie de Haseth
Gail Ellestad 
Carmen Finley
Nancy Ferreira
Barbara Gegan 
Terry Grant
Gary Heck Foundation
Dennis  McAuliffe
Carol Mitchel 
Kevin O’Connor 
Charlotte and Arthur Zitrin Foundation

Individual Donors ($500 or more)
  Barry Applebaum
  Lisa Bacon
  Bill Bambrick
  Lisa Brom
  Sarah Burkdoll
  Efren Carrillo  
  Art Carter
  Casini Ranch Family Campground 
  Ann Chambers
  In memory of Emmet Crisp 
  Terry and Joanne Dale
  Diane Gifford 
  Gary Heck Foundation 
  Ron Hemmerich
  Lawrence E. Jones School Expeditionary Learning
  Tina Kelly & Mark Quattrocchi  
  Lanny and Joann Keyston
  Sandy Leonard in memory of Robert Leonard 
  Carolyn & Jim Losee
  Kathie Lowrey
  Fred & Michele Luna
  Leah Mahan
  Dennis Martino
  The Neil and Amelia McDaniel Charitable Trust 
  Carol and Clark Mitchell  
  Rita Conway
  Jan Randall  
  Gilbert Roberts/Penelope Cohen
  Linda Price
  Warren & Janis Watkins
  Julie and Kurt Whitaker  
  William Zavora

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