Stamps, plastic bag ban and a hatchery

October 1, 2012
Time for Monday’s News Digest, chalk full of the Bay Area’s best nature news.
  • San Francisco Bay saltponds are part of the “Earthscape” series on new U.S. postage stamps. [The Daily Review]
  • Save money by carrying a reusable bag. Today, San Francisco’s new plastic bag ban begins. [SF Appeal]
  • The “Paul Revere of ecology,” Barry Commoner, dies as one of America’s most prominent environmental activists. [Huffington Post]
  • In advance of San Francisco’s November ballot initiative, what would happen to the land if Hetch Hetchy were actually restored? [San Jose Mercury News]
  • San Francisco park bond on November ballot has serious opposition from some environmental groups and others. [San Francisco Examiner]
  • A quarter cent sales tax is on the ballot in Marin to finance $10 m for parks and farms. [Marin Independent Journal]
  • The California Department of Fish and Game has changed its name to “Fish and Wildlife,” part of a wholesale revision of the agency that will devote more attention and resources to ecosystem management. [The Press-Enterprise]
  • In odd twist, a state salmon hatchery is killing salmon that enter the hatchery to keep spring and fall runs genetically distinct. [Sacramento Bee]
About the Author

Alison Hawkes was a Bay Nature editor from 2011-2017. Before Bay Nature she worked in journalism for more than a decade as a former newspaper reporter turned radio producer turned web editor with each rendition bringing her closer to her dream of covering environmental issues. She co-founded Way Out West, a site dedicated to covering Bay Area environmental news.