EPiC

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wildlands Alliance protects national forests for quiet winter recreation By Leonie Sherman California is ground zero for a process called Winter Travel Planning, which will regulate snowmobile use in national forests for the first time in our country’s history....
The Courage Project

The Courage Project

Helping kids deal with mental health issues one adventure at a time By Leonie Sherman LIKE MOST OF US, RENO-BASED CLINICAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGIST Dr. Brie Moore gets her juice from outdoor adventures. “When I’m stressed, or overwhelmed, climbing or...
Channel Islands Restoration

Channel Islands Restoration

Saving the world one weed at a time Words by Leonie Sherman Photos courtesy of CIR EIGHTEEN YEARS AGO, TWO GUYS WITH CHAINSAWS and big hearts started cutting down invasive eucalyptus trees on Santa Cruz Island. Since then, Channel Islands Restoration, the non-profit...
Protect American River Canyons

Protect American River Canyons

A river runs through it Words by Leonie Sherman Photos courtesy of PARC AT THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE SIERRA FOOTHILLS, in the heart of Gold Country, Auburn State Recreation Area protects 48 miles of the North and Middle Forks of the American River and 30,000 acres of...
Friends of the Inyo

Friends of the Inyo

Advocating for and protecting California’s iconic wild lands By Leonie Sherman If the Eastern Sierra is California’s playground, then the non-profit group Friends of the Inyo (FOI) is playground monitor, custodian and the funnest kid to play with all rolled into one...
EPiC: Saving Lives

EPiC: Saving Lives

Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center teaches skills and vigilance By Leonie Sherman Veteran ski patroller Josh Feinberg didn’t really understand avalanches until he triggered one that killed a close friend. While backcountry skiing north of Yosemite, he and two companions,...
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 In 1998, five dudes got together around a campfire and decided to work together to preserve the towering redwoods, twisted oaks, coastal meadows and...
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 For 107 years, residents of Weed, California, a picturesque hamlet nestled against the flanks of snow-capped Mt. Shasta, have been drinking...
EPiC: Born to Be Wild

EPiC: Born to Be Wild

The story of the Wildlands Conservancy By Leonie Sherman Twenty years ago an anonymous investor decided to give away his money. He donated almost a billion dollars to nonprofits, and became one of the largest backers of California conservation in history. He says the...