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Equity (ěk’wĭ-tē) n. 1. The state, quality, or ideal of being just, impartial, and fair.

WEI was founded to link the grassroots conservation movement and the environmental justice movement through the movements’ shared moral foundation: equity, the creation of a more just and fair world.  

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Throughout 2010 we're building 10 founding members who contribute $2,000 each and 2,000 members who contribute $10 each to our movement. Join us by clicking the link below and donating today!

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Hi John, 

It's been a busy week at the Wild Equity Institute, but we hope to enjoy the outdoors with you this weekend on some great Big Year trips. Check them out below and hopefully we'll see you outside!
 
In This Issue:

Another 100K Down the Drain at Sharp Park

A new analysis by the Wild Equity Institute of Sharp Park Golf Course's most recent financial statements shows that the golf course lost over $100,000 last fiscal year, pushing total operating losses since 2004 over the half-million mark.Sharp Park Losses

"No community center or neighborhood park should have services reduced while the Department is subsidizing suburban golf in San Mateo County,” says WEI's Executive Director Brent Plater. “We deserve better: it’s time to close Sharp Park Golf Course and bring the funds saved back to San Francisco’s communities, where the money rightfully belongs.”

The analysis is likely a conservative estimate, because it doesn't include recent capital expenditures such as the $300,000 project to repair the chronically-flooded golf course's pump house and drainage pipes.

Read the analysis at wildequity.org.

Fall Membership Drive: Join WEI for $10 Today!

'Tis the season of giving, and your support of our campaigns gives us the fortitude to work hard for people and the plants and animals that accompany us on Earth.  Thanks for supporting us!

Now we're offering you a special opportunity to take the next step and become a member of the Wild Equity Institute. Through the end of the year, we're Donate to the Wild Equity Instituteoffering 2,000 new members a special $10 rate for an annual membership. It's an incredible—but essential—bargain: we provide programs that build a healthy and sustainable global community for people and the plants and animals that accompany us on Earth, but we can’t do it without you. Please become a member today!

And if you've been inspired by our work, consider becoming a monthly donor, or even becoming a founding member of WEI!  

To find out more about supporting our work visit wildequity.org.

Life on Edge Hike, Frog Walk This Weekend

The Wild Equity Institute is offering two opportunities to see and help save several endangered species on the San Francisco peninsula this weekend. Hope to see you outside!

Sign-up for your Endangered Species Big Year at wildequity.org.

Help Bring Big Year to High Schools

Thanks to a generous grant from the California Wildlands Grassroots Fund, the Wild Equity Institute is able to bring the Golden Gate National Parks Endangered Species Big Year competition to high schools in San Francisco and beyond.  High School Students on a Big Year Trip

The idea is simple: we provide a scaled-down, age-appropriate mini-Big Year curriculum for high school classes, who then compete for prizes while learning field observation skills and basic principles in ecology biology, and empathy.  We fund the prizes, curriculum development, and any transportation and event costs.  

If you have a high school-age student or classroom and would be interested in integrating this experience into your upcoming semester, contact the Wild Equity Institute at info@wildequity.org or 415-349-5787.  

Learn about the Endangered Species Big Year at wildequity.org.

Free Binocs for Top Big Year Kid Competitor

The Wild Equity Institute believes that kids today need more binoculars.  And thanks to a generous partnership with REI's San Francisco store, we're able to give a pair away to the kid who scores the most points in this year's Golden Gate National Parks Endangered Species Big Year!Free Binoculars

Competitors get 1 point for each of the 36 endangered species they see in the Golden Gate National Parks, and 1 point for taking an action that helps these species recover, for a total of 72 possible points.  Go to our website for complete rules and ethical principles for the Big Year.

You must be under 18 years of age and you must enter all your sightings and actions saving species into the Wild Equity Institute website to be eligible to win this prize.  Only one pair is available, so don't settle for second place: start seeing and saving the Park's endangered species right away! 

 Sign-up for your Endangered Species Big Year at wildequity.org.

 Equitable Access to the Golden Gate National Parks

The Golden Gate National Parks are currently undergoing an accessibility study to improve access for people with disabilities. The Wild Equity Institute submitted these comments requesting that the park improve its off-leash dog management as part of its accessibility plan.

Off-leash dogs have a little-known impact on park accessibility for guide dog users. Nationwide, Leashed Dogs Are Safe Dogs89% of guide dog users have had their dogs interfered with by off-leash dogs, and 42% of guide dog users have had their guide dogs attacked by off-leash dogs.

At best, this can be disorienting for guide dog users. In the worst cases, service dogs have been killed or injured.

Fortunately, there is a practical solution to this concern: enclose off-leash dog areas with a physical barrier to keep our pets safe, make leash law enforcement efficient, and to give park visitors the option to enter these areas on their own terms.
 
If you would like to encourage the park to implement safe off-leash dog areas while keeping the park accessible, you may submit comments on this web form.
 




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