EPiC

Friends of the Inyo

Friends of the Inyo

Advocating for and protecting California’s iconic wild lands By Leonie Sherman Sunset on Centennial Flat (Joanne Hihn). If the Eastern Sierra is California’s playground, then the non-profit group Friends of the Inyo (FOI) is playground monitor, custodian and the...
EPiC: Saving Lives

EPiC: Saving Lives

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center teaches skills and vigilance By Leonie Sherman Josh Feinberg, one of ESAC’s three forecasters, tests the sensitivity of a recently deposited snow layer with an Extended Column Test (ESAC). Veteran ski patroller Josh Feinberg didn’t...
Restore the Delta

Restore the Delta

Opposing Governor Jerry Brown’s tunnels to protect California’s largest estuary Words by Leonie Sherman Photos courtesy of Restore the Delta When Governor Jerry Brown announced his support of Water Fix, the plan to build two 30-mile long tunnels beneath the...
After the Fire

After the Fire

Ventana Wilderness Alliance continues to educate and advocate after the devastating Soberanes Fire By Leonie Sherman VWA Trail Crew volunteers donate thousands of hours each year improving access in the Big Sur backcountry (Jean LeBlanc). In 1998, five dudes got...
Weed’s Water War

Weed’s Water War

How residents of a small town at the foot of Mt. Shasta are fighting back against the bottled water industry By Leonie Sherman Mount Shasta from Weed’s Lake Street (Michael Yates). For 107 years, residents of Weed, California, a picturesque hamlet nestled against the...
EPiC: Born to Be Wild

EPiC: Born to Be Wild

The story of the Wildlands Conservancy By Leonie Sherman TWC trails are popular destinations for dog lovers, like this visitor to Wind Wolves Preserve (Dan York/TWC). Twenty years ago an anonymous investor decided to give away his money. He donated almost a billion...
EPiC: Clean Oceans International

EPiC: Clean Oceans International

One man’s quest to save the sea By Leonie Sherman Cabrillo Oceanography students starting their shoreline debris survey (Patricia Lieberg-Clark). “I’m probably at the age where I should be retired,” says Jim Holm, founder of Clean Oceans International. He glances out...
EPiC: Heal the Bay

EPiC: Heal the Bay

Healing waters from city to sea Words by Leonie Sherman • Photos courtesy Heal the Bay Santa Monica Beach. Thirty years ago locals were watching the Santa Monica Bay die before their eyes. “Lifeguards were getting sick, surfers were getting rashes, and we found...
EPiC: Protecting Mono Lake

EPiC: Protecting Mono Lake

Mono Lake Committee safeguards California gem Words by Leonie Sherman Photos courtesy Mono Lake Committee A glimpse of Mono Lake. On the edge of Yosemite National Park, fifteen miles east of Tioga Pass, Mono Lake shimmers like a jewel amid the vast monochromatic...
EPiC: Thinking Like a Watershed

EPiC: Thinking Like a Watershed

The Mattole Restoration Council: restoring the land from ridgeline to river By Leonie Sherman MRC founding member, Freeman House, under the Council Madrone tree (MRC). Deep in the forests of southern Humboldt lie the sprawling remains of the biggest madrone on the...
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