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American Wilderness: Back to the Future in Vallejo


Environmental groups gathered in downtown Vallejo over the weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, to ponder the meaning of the word and to filter the concept through the lenses of California’s diverse communities.

Scarlet bugler blooming atop Kreiger Peak, 2007. Photo by Heath Bartosh

Chasing the Fire Followers


Botanist Heath Bartosh, co-founder of Nomad Ecology, gained an early appreciation for the rich botanical wealth of the Golden State.