A writer follows Gary Snyder’s ritualized walking meditation of Mt. Tamalpais in search of pandemic relief.
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This story originally appeared in bioGraphic, an online magazine about nature and sustainability powered by the California Academy of Sciences. Photographs by Sarah Killingsworth Point Reyes sits at the western edge of Marin County, California, a pick-axe shaped peninsula that juts … Read more
Drought returns to California, with a long fire season ahead.
I find myself awakening to the wonder of time — the deep, slow, earth-time of trees, and dirt, and rocks — and to the aching grief of human greed and misunderstanding.
You can smell a burned forest before you see it. An acrid scent hangs in the air for a long time after the flames are out. When my husband, daughter, and I drove into an area of Sonoma County consumed … Read more
California’s first State Park burned in the 2020 CZU Lightning Fires. Now conservation groups want it to rebuild as the model of state parks for the future.
Can, or should, regional agencies intervene in a city’s development decision?
In at least one tree species, scientists say the culprit appears to be a fungal pathogen.
Cars and bikes kill 5,000 newts every year on Alma Bridge Road. It’s an avoidable tragedy.
The splash of green on the ashen landscape was unexpected. Marc Hoshovsky, a naturalist retired from a career with California state agencies, was reviewing a satellite photo of areas burned in the LNU Complex fire last fall, hoping to tease … Read more