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Apr 6, 2010 6:03 PM

Local handbook wins state award

Just in time for Earth Day, a local environmental handbook wins some statewide recognition.

The More Mesa Preservation Coalition's 90-page More Mesa Handbook has won the 2010 Public Involvement/Education Program award from the California Chapter of the Association of Environmental Professionals.

With grants from the Coastal Fund at UC Santa Barbara, the More Mesa Handbook aims to increase public awareness of the area's resources. More Mesa, the 265-acre coastal bluff mesa east of Goleta Beach, contains open space and informal trails for locals. The handbook provides information about the area's habitat.

According to the Association of Environmental Professionals, "the handbook is now widely used by universities, environmental scientists, planning commissioners, planning departments, non-profits, and the Coastal Commission." The award was presented on March 14, 2010, following two previous educational awards from the American Planning Association in 2009.

The handbook can be downloaded free by clicking here.

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