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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
33 Years of Protecting California's Wildlife

with Danny Reno
Monday, July 7, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
$5 donation requested

Gualala Arts will host a lecture titled "33 Years of Protecting California's Wildlife" presented by Danny Reno. Danny will not only have great tapes from the California Fish and Game to share but will also talk about some of the funny and even dangerous experiences he had while safeguarding our natural resources.

Danny has some definite views on the current Marine Life Protective Act which he will discuss, as he is not convinced that the planned actions are justified.

More about Danny R. Reno

Danny Reno Danny is a California native, born in Selma, California, July 28, 1950. He grew up between northern and central California, and graduated from Shasta Junior College in Redding in 1970, with an Associate of Arts degree.

In 1969, Danny began his working life with jobs in lumber and fishing as well as military service. In 1973, he joined CA Fish and Game at Darrah Springs State Fish Hatchery beginning his 33 year career. While there he was one of the crew of ten that raised two and a half million catchable and brood stock Rainbow Trout, to plant in northern and central California lakes and streams. After a transfer he worked for some time on waterfowl habitat projects.

In 1985 Danny transferred to Yountville Region III Headquarters, to work on the ELPF endangered species program. In 1988, after graduation from Police Academy, he was assigned as a Fish and Game Warden to the Patrol Vessel Chinook, patrolling offshore of San Francisco Bay, Bodega Bay, Half Moon Bay and at times Monterey Bay.

In 1996, Danny transferred to OPSR working spill response and investigating environmental crimes. One spill in the Martinez area is notable. The Tosco Corporation spilled ten thousand gallons of unleaded gasoline into the marsh area adjacent to a leaky pipeline. At one time early in the cleanup process, the Union Pacific Railroad wanted to stop all cleanup work until lawyers could agree on the exact details of the process next to the railroad bed. Danny explained to the railroad that any delay of the clean up process or death of one of the three known endangered species near the spill site, would be looked on rather unfavorably in the court process later. He cited the Salt Harvest mouse as one of the species of concern. Only an hour after receiving Danny's message, the UPRR agreed and said that their lawyers would work out the details of the easement and removal of the unleaded fuel from the marsh area later but that the cleanup must continue.

The Salt Harvest mouse is often called the mouse that roars, around the San Francisco Bay. That day the voice of one little mouse was heard very loudly. Incidentally three Salt Harvest mice were trapped thirty feet from the polluted marsh area less than one week after the call to UPRR.

In September 1999, Danny moved for what he says is the last time to Anchor Bay on the Mendocino County coast. From the lofty heights of the coastal bluffs, he watches the constant abalone angler. He tells his wife Linda that they have come home and will never leave the area.

In retirement, Danny does the things that have made him happy for years. His parents and Linda's, their children and grandchildren take a lot of time along with hunting, fishing and lapidary but he still has a lot of left over time to put into local charities and service clubs, among them the Lions, Pay and Take, Gualala Arts and RCMS.

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