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.


Congratulations Jim!

January 23, 2014 1 comment

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


Senator Lois Wolk Supports Napa Flood Management Project

December 21, 2013 Leave a comment

November 14:  Senator Lois Wolk toured the Napa River to learn more about the Flood Control and River Restoration project. Her voice is important to continue State support for the project. She was accompanied by her field representative Tracy Krumpen; FONR board members Jim Hench, Chuck Shinnamon, Bernhard Krevet; Rick Thomasser and Phil Miller of the Flood Control District.

Senator Lois Wolk tours the Napa River

Senator Lois Wolk tours the Napa River


Support FONR – Renew Your Membership!

November 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Dear Friends:


Ribbon-Cutting with Napa City Council and FONR President

We need your help!

The City Dock came back after six years – reason to celebrate!

The Flood Control Project continues with the construction of the Bypass – but we have to remain vigilant to ensure its completion. The voters approved full flood protection, nothing less is acceptable.

To keep up the good work and continue critical projects, we need your generous membership contribution.

Your membership contribution allows us to continue to fulfill our mission:

  • Represent the public at project reviews and hearings in the cities and the valley that affect the Napa River watershed;
  • Ensure the completion of the Flood Control Project;
  • Teach watershed and biological habitat information to students in Napa elementary, middle and high schools;
  • Sponsor and participate in habitat restoration throughout the Valley, from Rutherford to Oak-Knoll in cooperation with the Napa Valley Vintners and the Napa County Resource Conservation District;
  • Continue the County-wide “Acorns to Oaks” initiative;
  • Celebrate the Napa River and improve the quality of life for all of us.

Kayakers enjoy the new City Dock

Please click here and donate generously!
Thank you!

Sea lion in action! — at Sea Breeze Lagoon, Napa River

November 3, 2013 Leave a comment

Ribbon-Cutting for New Napa Downtown Boat Dock

October 18, 2013 Leave a comment

See a short video of the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Facebook.

Everyone is invited to help celebrate the new boat dock in downtown Napa!

A dedication and ribbon-cutting event for Napa’s new Main Street Boat Dock is set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23. The gathering will take place at the gangway entrance to the dock on the Riverfront Promenade, adjacent to the 600 block of Main Street.  Friends of the Napa River was instrumental in the design of the new dock.

The brief ceremony will include comments from Napa Mayor Jill Techel and others involved in construction of the new dock.

The two pictures show the previous dock, 1995, seen from the Third Street Bridge; and an aerial view of the downtown riverfront, 2002. What a change! Napa Valley dockarea2004

Barry Christian and Karen Bower Turjanis named new parks district directors

October 1, 2013 Leave a comment

Congratulations to FONR Board Members Barry Christian and Karen Bower Turjanis for their appointments as new directors for the Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District. Karen is representing Ward 1, filling the vacancy resulting from the resignation of long-time board member Harold Kelly. (More in the Napa Valley Register.)

Barry was appointed in July representing Ward 5, filling the vacancy resulting from the death of long-time board member Myrna Abramowicz (More in the Napa Valley Register.)



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