Timely news, art, ideas and science from the natural world of Northern California.

Can Rooftop Solar Save California’s Open Space?


This spring, Alameda County approved of the Aramis Renewable Energy Project, dividing East Bay environmentalists who disagree about whether the undeveloped North Livermore Valley should remain open ranchland and wildlife habitat, or whether part of the flat, sunny valley would … Read more

Lone Pine Ranch

Two Projects for the Eel River Gain Momentum


The Eel River in northwestern California—along with its numerous forks and tributaries—forms the third largest watershed entirely within the state. The river’s main stem and three main forks flow  a combined 398 miles from sources in the coast ranges of … Read more

scarred redwoods

Redwood Memory


Old redwood trees have seen fire many times in their lives. It’s because of their fire scars—not in spite of them—that the redwood forest thrives.