Laguna de Santa Rosa – A Wetland of International Significance


SEBASTOPOL, CALIFORNIA: International recognition is coming for an important local treasure in Cittaslow Sebastopol! The Laguna de Santa Rosa, and surrounding wetland complex, will be named a Wetland of International Significance, on World Wetlands Day, February 2, 2011.

February 2nd will be the 40th anniversary of the “Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. “ Signed 40 years ago in Ramsar, Iran, this treaty recognizes the importance of wetlands worldwide, and the ecosystem services they provide.

The Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetland Complex will join only 27 other sites in the nation and 1,904 sites worldwide, to receive this important distinction. Located in Sonoma County, California, west of the city of Santa Rosa and east of the city of Sebastopol, the site is within the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed (the Laguna de Santa Rosa is the largest tributary of the Russian River.)

Its international importance is due to the rare and endangered plant and animal species it supports, the biodiversity of the region (one of the world’s few diverse “hot spots”) and the presence of unique vernal pool environments.

Cittaslow Sebastopol is a member town of Cittaslow USA's Cittaslow national network. Sebastopol was designated Cittaslow at the Cittaslow International Meeting in Seoul, South Korea, in June 2010.

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Virginia Hubbell, 
Director Cittaslow USA
PO Box 335, 
Sonoma, California 95476 707-938-2939 


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