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Bay Visions: Our Photos

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Mission statement: In the spirit of fostering collaboration and camaraderie amongst the six Northern California GCA clubs, the Bay Visions Committee works to restore, improve, and protect the San Francisco Bay Area's bays. Consistent with the purpose of GCA, Bay Visions works with and educates our members and our communities on the bays' critical importance to the surrounding communities, the environment and ocean health and supports ongoing conservation and improvement efforts of our bays and estuaries.

January 20, 2016 Bay Visions Day Slideshow

September 12, 2015 Marin's Indomitable Faith Brown!

Faith Brown, a volunteer French broom weeder, hoists an offending specimen Saturday in Old St. Hilary's Open Space Preserve in Tiburon. The plant crowds out young trees and takes water from native plants. (Special to Marin Independent Journal/Sherry LaVars)

Old St. Hilary's Open Space in Tiburon

The Marin Independent Journal sent a reporter and photographer to yesterday's very productive workday. They spent about 90 minutes with us and the result is in today's IJ:

Tiburon ‘Broom Busters' yank water-sucking weeds in preserve

Faith is a member of the Marin Garden Club

September 11, 2015

We take to the air to see the Bay

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July 2, 2015 Our Two Year Restoration Work at the Palo Alto Baylands

A film worth seeing: Partners For Plants Celebration Walk June 11, 2015

June 13, 2015 Partners For Plants Palo Alto Baylands site two years AFTER restoration

From the Garden Club of America Bulletin, Spring 2015

Bay Visions Committee

San Francisco Bay, the largest estuary on the Pacific Coast of the Americas, is a critical part of commercial fisheries of the Pacific and a major stopover on the Pacific Flyway. More than 95% of historic tidal marshes, which provide buffering from ocean surges, have been leveed and filled, resulting in lost fish and wildlife habitat. Water diverted to water-hungry California has progressively reduced the flow of fresh water into the Bay. With the goal of a more beautiful and functional estuary system in Northern California, the six GCA clubs of Northern California have banded together to join with communities and advocacy groups "to restore and protect the San Francisco Bay Area's bays; to educate our members and communities on the bays' critical importance so communities, the environment, and ocean health; and to support conservation and improvement efforts on our bays and estuaries." 100,000 acres of restored wetlands is the tipping point to provide healing for the ocean – our goal. Two representatives from each club – Carmel-by-the-Sea, Hillsborough, Marin, Orinda, Piedmont and Woodside-Atherton – form the Bay Visions Committee which meets regularly to discuss and support our clubs' restoration efforts.

Bay Visions celebrated its first anniversary 2016 NAL Conference [Garden Club of America National Affairs & Legislature Conference] in Washington, D.C., where it was founded a year ago. The collaboration of the clubs reflects the theme of the GCA's 2018 National Meeting in California: "How the West is One." As all six clubs encourage other Bay Area garden clubs and groups to participate in this vital restoration crusade, we will demonstrate the power of one!

April 22, 2105 Digging Up Invasives

Palo Alto's Baylands

March 20, 2015 Bay Visions Committee Visits the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary

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Pointing to the Marin Garden Club's restoration project location: Old Hilary's Open Space

March 20, 2015

Pointing to the Orinda and Piedmont Garden Clubs' site for their bay restoration work: Martin Luther King Shoreline in Oakland

March 4, 2015 Woodside-Atherton Garden Club Members Visit Don Edwards National Refuge Environmental Education Center in Alviso

Don Edwards National Refuge Environmental Education Center in Alviso

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February 24, 2015 Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Tweets:

Always good to talk w/my friends in the Garden Club of America. Thanks for a lively Q&A & your work to #ActonClimate

February 26, 2015 California on Capitol Hill

February 26, 2015

On the way to Senator Dianne Feinstein's and Congresswoman Eshoo's offices

February 26, 2015

February 26, 2015 Bay Visions Committee

January 21, 2015 Mulching Newly Planted Seedlings

Palo Alto's Baylands

December 23, 2014 Happy Birthday Sylvia

Along with the Yule, December 24th marks the 98th birthday of Save The Bay's co-founder Sylvia McLaughlin. Best wishes for this living legend have been pouring in to Save The Bay. Here are a few of the birthday tidings–feel free to leave your birthday message for Sylvia in the comments. Happy Birthday, Sylvia!

"On behalf of everyone at Save The Bay, I'm wishing you the very best on your 98th birthday. You are a true heroine, whose vision and determination changed the history of our region. You didn't just make the Bay a better place; you created a movement that touched millions of lives. From the bottom of our hearts: Thank you."
David Lewis, Executive Director, Save The Bay

Read more HERE

October 14, 2014 Culling Seedlings in the Nursery

Palo Alto's Baylands

June 14, 2014 Woodside-Atherton's Restoration Project at the Palo Alto Baylands

June 14, 2014 Our Partners For Plants project

Palo Alto's Baylands

May 21, 2014 Palo Alto Baylands Restoration Project

May 21, 2014

Palo Alto's Baylands

March 19, 2014 Palo Alto Baylands Restoration Project

February 24, 2014 Bay Visions Committee Inaugural Meeting in Washington, DC

February 5, 2012 The Palo Alto Baylands P4P site one year BEFORE restoration