Bay Area Conservation Groups
Bay Area Transportation and Land Use Coalition
Telephone: (510) 740-3150 (Oakland); (408) 984-2285 (San Jose)
The Bay Area Transportation and Land Use Coalition works to promote intelligent and sustainable land-use patterns and efficient, equitable transportation systems. The coalition consists of nearly 80 organizations and encourages dialogue between public agencies, private developers, and groups of concerned citizens.
The Bay Institute of San Francisco
Telephone: (415) 506-0150
Since 1981, this nonprofit has used a combination of scientific research and political advocacy to work towards the environmental restoration of the entire watershed, which drains into the San Francisco Bay. Its current programs include Bay Restoration, Rivers and Delta, and Watershed Education.
California League of Conservation Voters
Telephone: (510) 271-0900
Founded in 1972, this statewide nonprofit mobilizes California voters to support candidates for elected office with good records on environmental issues, and serves as a watchdog holding elected officials accountable for their environmental votes. The league is nonpartisan, includes over 30,000 members, and works with a coalition of environmental and community groups.
California Native Plant Society
Bay Area Chapters
Telephone: (916) 447-2677
Through scientific activities, education, and conservation, this statewide nonprofit seeks to increase understanding of and protection for California native plants. Members can participate in a range of educational and conservation activities, from attending field trips to helping with rare plant monitoring.
Californians for Pesticide Reform
Telephone: (415) 981-3939
This statewide nonprofit seeks to protect human health and the health of the environment from the effects of pesticides. The coalition of 150 public interest groups attempts to increase public understanding of pesticides, defend and improve the reporting system, and promote viable alternatives to pesticide use.
Communities for a Better Environment
Telephone: (510) 302-0430
Communities for a Better Environment is an environmental justice and health nonprofit that works to promote clean air, clean water, and the development of toxic-free communities. The organization helps to give residents of areas affected by industrial pollution the tools to inform, monitor, and protect their environment.
Friends of the San Francisco Estuary
Telephone: (510) 622-2337
Friends of the San Francisco Estuary is a nonprofit dedicated to protecting, restoring, and enhancing the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. Friends encourages dialogue between public and private groups on issues related to the estuary. In addition, it uses fundraising, monitoring, and environmental education as a means to protect the estuary. Friends of the Estuary is a part of the San Francisco Estuary Project, a cooperative federal/state/local program working to promote effective management of the estuary.
Friends of the Sea Otter
Telephone: (831) 373-2747
Friends of the Sea Otter (FSO) is an advocacy group dedicated to maintaining and increasing protections for the sea otter. In addition to preservation efforts, the group also works to educate the public about the unique behavior and habitat of the sea otter.
Telephone: (415) 398-3730
Since 1958, the Greenbelt Alliance has been working in the Bay Area to protect open space and promote wise community planning. Through public policy development, advocacy, and education, Greenbelt has helped to preserve over 600,000 acres of open space. Its wide range of programs includes smart-growth planning and outdoor outings for the public.
The Marine Mammal Center
Telephone: (415) 289-SEAL
Located in Sausalito, the Marine Mammal Center is a world-renowned center focusing on the rescue and rehabilitation of marine mammals. Each year, the center rescues a variety of mammals along the California coast, including seals, dolphins, sea lions, sea otters, and whales, that suffer from environmentally or health induced problems. After rehabilitation, the mammals are released back into the wild. The center also is involved in marine research, working collaboratively with over 30 groups across the world, and sponsors education programs for the public.
San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Program
Telephone: (510) 286-6767
The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (SFBJV) is a partnership of public agencies, environmental organizations, the business community, local governments, the agricultural community, and landowners that works to protect, restore, increase, and enhance wetlands and riparian habitat in the San Francisco Bay watersheds. The organization restores wetland and creek habitats that are critical for waterfowl and other birds, fish, and wildlife.
San Francisco Estuary Institute
Telephone: (510) 231-9539
The San Francisco Estuary Institute is a nonprofit organization using research, monitoring, and communication to improve scientific understanding of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary in order to protect and enhance it. Among its programs is the Regional Monitoring Program, which regularly monitors contaminants in water, sediment, and fish in the estuary.
Save the Bay
Telephone: (510) 452-9261
Save The Bay (Save San Francisco Bay Association) seeks to preserve, restore, and protect the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary as a healthy and biologically diverse ecosystem. In addition to protecting the bay against unnecessary bay fill and unwise construction, the organization also works to restore Bay Area wetlands, to establish water conservation programs, and to educate the public through outings and other activities.
Phone: (415) 561-2299
Waterkeepers is a watchdog organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the health of the Northern California watershed. Waterkeepers patrol waterways, monitor water quality, work to enforce the clean water act, and conduct scientific studies. There are four chapters include San Francisco Baykeeper, Delta Keepers, Petaluma Riverkeeper, and Tomales Baykeeper.