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.
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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
In the early 1990s, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service reviewed the status of a rare coastal sand dune plant called the San Francisco lessingia, which grows only in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. The background the service … Read more
A naturalist on the “flowers of winter”
Rare and once thought extinct, the dawn redwood is an ancient relative of the more familiar coast redwood.
Ten days ago the state set new heat records and brush fires broke out. Burn areas in the Santa Cruz Mountains rekindled. Then, over the last three days, a 2,000-mile-long filament of water in the sky burst over the areas that last week sat brown and smoking.
Huge crowds are harvesting mussels and other invertebrates. Could this damage the much-beloved reef?