Welcome to new FONR board member Tracy Krumpen

March 12, 2014 Leave a comment
Please join us in welcoming Tracy Krumpen as a new member of the board of directors of Friends of the Napa River!

Senator Lois Wolk tours the Napa River

Senator Lois Wolk (2nd from left) touring the Napa River; Tracy Krumpen on the right.

Tracy will bring her experience as State Senator Lois Wolk’s senior field representative to Friends. She worked previously as Senator Noreen Evans’ district representative in Vallejo and Napa.
We are looking forward to Tracy’s active participation in our efforts to protect, restore, sensibly develop and celebrate our Napa River and its watershed.

Jim Hench 1929 – 2014

March 6, 2014 1 comment

Friends mourn the loss of Jim Hench

Jim Hench was one of the founding board members of Friends of the Napa River. He will be sorely missed with his intimate knowledge of the river’s wildlife, topography and hydrology. But mostly he was known to be the man to take you out on the river, by canoe or kayak, from the wetlands in American Canyon to the headwaters in Calistoga.  We are all very, very sad for this loss of a friend.

Thanks to Janelle Wetzstein who reported compassionately in the Napa Valley Register of February 28, 2014:

“Local residents are mourning the loss of Jim Hench, Napa River aficionado and protector, who died Friday after a seven-year battle with cancer. He celebrated his 85th birthday on Jan. 23.

Hench was known for helping to found Friends of the Napa River — a grassroots nonprofit started in 1994 that was dedicated to transforming the Napa River into a flood-protected environmental asset.

Most notably, in 1998, Hench’s advocacy helped pass Measure A — a countywide half-cent sales tax that funded the local share of flood and environmental projects in Napa County.”

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So many fond memories of Jim:

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FONR seeks high energy, self- starter executive for part-time management position

March 2, 2014 Leave a comment

February 20, 2014
The Friends of the Napa River, Inc., an environmental non-profit, seeks high energy, self-starter executive for part-time management position.
Responsibilities:

  • Management and growth of all-volunteer Board of Directors. Work with Board to assist in driving our mission, friend-raising, and fundraising.
  • Fund development of private donors and grants; grant writing.
  • Financial management including budgeting, financial controls, and doing more with less.
  • Public relations, marketing, and advocacy out in the community driving our mission and goals.
  • Volunteer management including day-to-day tasks as well as event direction and coordination.
  • Knowledge of 21st century internet and social media / web 2.0 savviness.

Required skills, attributes and education:

  • Bachelor’s degree. 5 or more years of work experience preferred.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Outstanding  interpersonal  and  diplomatic  skills;  ability  to  build  trust  and  build  rapport  with  a  broad range of people. Friendly, outgoing and professional demeanor.
  • Maturity of judgment, high degree of integrity and discretion, high degree of self-motivation and taking initiative.
  • Ability  to  work  well  in  a  small,  entrepreneurial  setting,  taking  on  multiple  tasks  and  adapting  as  our needs and priorities change.
  • Ability to work in an organization that requires collaboration with like-minded organizations.

Compensation:
Part  time  position  averaging  twenty  five  (25)  hours  per  week  with  salary  compensation  depending  on experience. Stipends for cell phone, gas allowance, and partial health may be considered. Our expectation is that the individual will work from his / her own home with significant amount of time out in the community.

How to Apply:
Please submit a resume, cover letter, three professional references, and a specific outline describing why you are  the  ideal  person  to  lead  the  Friends’  organization.  Review  of  applications  will  begin  immediately  but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All replies will be held in complete confidence.

Please send by email to: NapaEnviroED@Gmail.com.

Only  responses  to  the  above  email  address  will  be  considered.  Please  do  not  contact  individual  Board members.

ED Ad and Job Description 2-20-14

Resolutions Supporting Full Federal Funding for the Flood Control Project

February 21, 2014 Leave a comment

Friends of the Napa River commend the Napa County Board of Supervisors and the Napa City Council for the adoption of resolutions “supporting full federal funding based on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ optimal funding level for Fiscal Year 2015 for the Napa River/Napa Creek Flood Protection Project of $15 million and continued annual funding at the Corps’ optimal funding level through Project completion.”

The Napa County Board of Supervisors adopted the resolution February 11, 2014.

The Napa City Council adopted the resolution February 18, 2014

The drafts of the resolutions are attached.

Napa County Resolution on the Napa River Flood Control Project

City of Napa Resolution on the Napa River Flood Control Project

In a severe drought, fish lack a Plan B

February 10, 2014 Leave a comment

By Peter Jensen, Napa Valley Register

While rain was falling outside, the conversation inside the Napa Bookmine Wednesday night was of decidedly drier concerns — the state of the Napa River’s fisheries during California’s prolonged drought.

Read full article in the Napa Valley Register

Acorns to Oaks, Students To Stewards

January 28, 2014 Leave a comment

Acorns to Oaks, Students To Stewards
Frances Knapczyk, Stewardship Facilitator

Thirteen classes of Napa Valley school children planted Valley Oak acorns at six different sites in Napa County during fall of 2013. The 320 students who participated in the fall field trips will visit their planting sites in Spring 2014 to check whether or not their acorns sprouted, remove weeds and add mulch around the new seedlings. If one acorn spouts at each of the planting sites, we could see almost 600 new protected oak trees in the County. This LandSmart for Kids program is generously supported by Friends of the Napa River, North Bay Watershed Association, and public and private land managers who allow students to collect, plant, and care for acorns on their properties.

From: http://www.naparcd.org/

Congratulations Jim!

January 23, 2014 1 comment

Friends of the Napa River founding board member Jim Hench is celebrating his 85th birthday! Best wishes!

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