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Jen Rosser
Jen Rosser
Program Director
May 16, 2014

Good Pure Seeds: A Look at the Discussion Surrounding GMOs

It's springtime and I am hoping the last frost has passed so I can start my vegetable garden again. It’s instantly satisfying to put plants in the ground and see growth in your garden, but this year I decided to start with seeds, so I did some seed research and learned about GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) seeds. My garden is probably filled with GMO seeds from last summer.

This realization has led me to wonder, where do I stand on the controversy surrounding GMOs?

Emily Dondero
Emily Dondero
Project Manager
April 29, 2014

Join SBC and O.A.R.S for May's Green Drinks in Groveland

Green Drinks is an international monthly event that invites local residents to network, share stories and support local businesses in their region.  

SBC started a Central Sierra Nevada Chapter in 2012 with only a few participants and has watched it grow into a hugely successful event with over eighty participants joining us each month.

It's a place where people learn about innovative business ideas and local success stories, each month offering the opportunity to network and support the great businesses we have in Tuolumne and Calaveras County.

Project Assistant
April 23, 2014

Clarifying the Clean Water Act

The Clean Water Act (CWA), passed in 1972, has made a significant difference in protecting our rivers, lakes and coastal areas, and has stopped billions of pounds of pollution.

The act explicitly protects the “waters of the United States,” which are defined under existing regulations as “traditional navigable waters, interstate waters, all other waters that could affect interstate or foreign commerce, impoundments of waters of the United States, tributaries, the territorial seas, and adjacent wetlands.”

Certain bodies of water, however, are difficult to definitively determine whether or not they are protected under the CWA.

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Brittany Benesi
Brittany Benesi
Communications Director
April 18, 2014

Dreaming Big and Doing It

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the spring Yosemite Gateway Partners meeting to present on the Sierra Nevada Geotourism Project.

The purpose of my presentation was to call on local residents to nominate destinations they find distinctive to the Sierra so that small businesses, events, and communities can reap the benefits of being a Geotourism destination in time for summer travel.

It’s honestly a pretty big task, but after hearing Visit California’s Director of Consumer Marketing, Tracy Ward, present on California’s new “Dream Big” branding, I gained a renewed resolve that it is a task worth tackling.

Brenda Gillarde
Brenda Gillarde
Senior Planner
April 16, 2014

Escaping to the Dragoon Gulch Trail

There are lots of reasons why we’re lucky in the Sierra. One of my favorites is that, unlike our urban brethren, we don’t need to drive an hour or two in order to get to the trailhead of a spectacular hike.

If you live in or near the City of Sonora, a wonderful opportunity awaits your discovery - the Dragoon Gulch Trail. What’s even more exciting is the trail is about to expand!