Environment

California’s Smith River is 7th most endangered in America

California’s Smith River is 7th most endangered in America

Strip mining threatens clean water, drinking water, wild salmon and steelhead runs in Rogue-Smith watersheds North Fork of the Smith River. Photo by Nate Wilson Photography. American Rivers named the Smith River in California and southern Oregon’s Illinois and Rogue...
Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument Kick Off

Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument Kick Off

Learn about and support efforts to designate Coast Dairies as a national monument at this February 12, 2015 event Photo courtesy Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBoSC). Join the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument campaign coalition for their kickoff event...
MTB rules for rainy season riding

MTB rules for rainy season riding

How to be a force for good when mountain biking after rain Photo by Bruce Dorman Reprinted with permission from Hilltromper The mountain bikers, they like the tacky. A little moisture on the trails makes for stickier, softer riding and fun times. But the rainy season...
NorCal super storm linked to changing climate

NorCal super storm linked to changing climate

Climate Nexus explains the connection between climate change and atmospheric rivers in California earthtimes.org With the drought-causing high-pressure zone dubbed the “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” pushed aside for now, a powerful storm associated with what are...
EPiC: Inspired Leadership

EPiC: Inspired Leadership

Through the decades, Ecology Action has shown that meaningful change is possible By Charong Chow Ecology Action employees at a Fun Friday parking lot BBQ. A typical weekday morning at the Ecology Action office in downtown Santa Cruz, California begins with the arrival...
EarthTalk: Palm Oil Production and Rainforest Destruction

EarthTalk: Palm Oil Production and Rainforest Destruction

Dear EarthTalk: How is it that some food purveyors are contributing to the destruction of tropical rainforests by ditching unhealthy “trans fats?” — Billy S., Salem, OR The explosion in palm oil use, largely to replace unhealthy trans fats in food, has wreaked havoc...
Low water levels won’t stop cleanup efforts

Low water levels won’t stop cleanup efforts

Great Sierra River Cleanup event set for September 20th  (Auburn) – Low water levels due to the drought won’t stop an estimated 4,000 volunteers from heading out on Saturday, September 20, to clean up Sierra rivers, lakes, and streams as part of the sixth annual Great...
Save the Date

Save the Date

Great Sierra River Cleanup Photo courtesy of Sierra Nevada Conservancy. For five years running, the third Saturday of September has drawn thousands of volunteers to the Sierra Nevada for the largest volunteer event in the region—the Great Sierra River Cleanup,...
Ear to the Ground

Ear to the Ground

Outdoor News and Notes for the California Region Desalination on the Rise The California Water Resources Control Board’s recently released draft of the Ocean Plan Amendment will set the standards for seawater desalination facilities in the state. Facilities already...
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