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The Forces of Nature and Council of Elders Projects
RRI believes that sharing the wisdom of the first wave of the environmental movement—citizen activists, resource managers, and professionals from the 1960s and 70s— is valuable to current and future generations. RRI’s goal is to record over 250 interviews with these “environmental elders” from around the country and world and to post them on an online library along with the interview transcripts and archival information. With a number of our Elders, the stories are not preserved anywhere else but for our video library, making our project an important oral history, as well educational, collection. Learn more...

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Fish In The Fields
FIF adapts the ancient practice of co-cultivating rice and fish in some of California's 500,000 acres of rice lands. RRI has, over six years, rigorously tested methods for co-cultivating small fish in flooded rice fields. RRI has shown that fish raised in rice fields living on naturally-occurring plankton that are present in rice irrigation water can grow 4-5 times their weight in several months. This year the project has brought its hatchery into full production, and expanded onto a second rice field location with four new ponds for growing fish. RRI has assembled a strong and diverse team of farm managers, aquaculture professionals, conservationists, and rice growers in a successful partnership that has demonstrated its ability for successful collaboration. Learn more...

The New California Water Atlas
Using official records, the Resource Renewal Institute has developed the New California Water Atlas, ca.statewater.org, to shed light on the state’s most beleaguered natural resource. The New California Water Atlas is a free, online, searchable database offering real time information about the state of the state’s water. Learn more...

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Defense of Place
Defense of Place helps communities protect parks, wildlife refuges, and open space in perpetuity. Complimenting the acquisition work of land trusts, Defense of Place advocates for the long-term management of legacy landscapes.
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Green Plans
Green Plans are policy templates for sustainability. Pioneered by the Netherlands and New Zealand, Green Plans have evolved over twenty years as the most comprehensive environmental policy in the world. Most important, Green Plans' long-term structure and documented success make them the best tool to manage climate change. Learn more...
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Extreme Weather Community Resilience Project
Climate, weather and community resilience are all changing. RRI's Extreme Weather Community Resilience Project explores how those changes are affecting American communities in its blog, Field Notes. Mitigation and adaptation to changes in both weather and climate have always been part of the human experience. Choosing not to adapt is not an option. Learn more...

RRI is honored to support and sponsor the work of the following organizations:

Protect Granite Chief, Daniel Heagarty, Executive Director. 

Protect Granite Chief, https://protectgranitechief.wordpress.com, is a citizen activist campaign to defend the Granite Chief Wilderness Area from private development interests. Congress designated Granite Chief as “Wilderness” in 1984; the highest level of conservation provided for Federal lands. Now, this pristine area is threatened with the construction of a gondola and related development within the area along the Five Lakes Boundary. If allowed to proceed this proposal would substantively degrade the Granite Chief Wilderness Area, harming and diminishing this national Public Trust resource. A full-scale citizen effort calling attention to the environmental and public safety consequences of the development is underway.   

Public Trust Alliance, Michael Warburton, Executive Director

The Public Trust Alliance, www.publictrustalliance.org, uses the legal framework provided by the Public Trust Doctrine to protect and defend our natural resources for future generations. The Alliance works with communities to assert their right to ecologically sustainable and socially just management of resources, while holding public agencies accountable as trustees of the public’s land, air and water.  The Alliance focuses on long-term commitments to larger projects, such as the Monterey County effort to develop and implement infrastructure for an alternative, regional water supply to stop dewatering regional rivers & streams, as well as providing immediate assistance & information to community groups at various stages of their advocacy.

Californians for Western Wilderness, Michael Painter, Executive Director

“CalUWild”, www.caluwild.org, is a citizens group founded to secure protection for the remaining wilderness areas and other public lands in the western United States. The organization works to facilitate citizen participation in administrative and legislative actions, creating a constituency in California for wilderness across the West. A current strategy seeks to protect public lands through National Monument designation. In partnership with the Greater Canyons Lands Coalition and Native American tribal leaders, CalUWild is working to permanently protect these regions from oil and gas development, and for the creation of Bears Ears National Monument.

Washoe Meadows Community, Lynne Paulson, Chair

The Community’s decade-long fight to thwart California State Parks’ stripping  Washoe Meadows State Park’s legislative protection in order to expand a golf course into its ecologically fragile parkland exemplifies the tenacity essential to Defense of Place campaigns.   The Community most recently prevailed in an April 2015 lawsuit when the Alameda Superior Court ordered the State’s Environmental Impact Report to be vacated.  The State has appealed that decision. The Community is proceeding with positive proposals that could bring Upper Truckee River restoration; an innovative golf course by a world-renowned designer;  and recreational opportunities to spare the park’s rare fens, meadows, forests,  cultural sites, and streams that support Rainbow, Eastern Brook, and Brown trout.

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