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Oregon Logging Bill Could Affect California Wildlife

Oregon Logging Bill Could Affect California Wildlife

Land Use: If more timber is harvested in Oregon, it puts a greater burden on California and other neighboring states to meet the federal conservation requirements to keep endangered species alive, says a group opposing the bill.
Southern California Forest Considered 'Too Wild To Drill'

Southern California Forest Considered 'Too Wild To Drill'

Land Use: Los Padres National Forest is among a dozen of the nation's most unique landscapes that are threatened by oil and gas drilling.
Proposed Trash Dump Next to Joshua Tree National Park Canceled

Proposed Trash Dump Next to Joshua Tree National Park Canceled

Land Use: In a bit of long-awaited good news for Joshua Tree National Park and its wild residents, the agency responsible for disposing of L.A. County's trash has abandoned the idea of using the closed Eagle Mountain Mine as a landfill.
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Owens Valley Water Wars Heat Up Again

Owens Valley Water Wars Heat Up Again

The Hidden Desert: In November, the California Air Resources Board ruled that according to data from lakebed monitors, the DWP was solely responsible for the horrendous air quality caused by dust blowing off Owens Lake. DWP's response? Get rid of the monitors.
Is This The Worst Wilderness Congress in History?

Is This The Worst Wilderness Congress in History?

Land Use: Every congress since 1964 has designated new wilderness areas, often drawing support from both major political parties, except the one currently enthroned.
The Mojave Cross Returns

The Mojave Cross Returns

The Hidden Desert: The controversial Mojave Cross returns to Cima Dome in -- but not in -- the Mojave National Preserve.
Courts Keep Desert National Parks Free Of New Roads

Courts Keep Desert National Parks Free Of New Roads

Land Use: A pair of court cases came to a close this month that spelled good news for two of California's National Parks.
Over 20,000 Marijuana Plants Discovered, Uprooted In Ventura County

Over 20,000 Marijuana Plants Discovered, Uprooted In Ventura County

Land Use: Two plots that contained a total of 22,478 marijuana plants in the Los Padres National Forest were eradicated on Friday.
More Wilderness for Southern California? Lawsuit Leads to Several Public Meetings

More Wilderness for Southern California? Lawsuit Leads to Several Public Meetings

Land Use: Various environmental groups recently sued the U.S. Forest Service in the hopes of achieving a goal: more potential wilderness area.
Mojave Mirage; What You See -- Or Remember -- Is Not Always What You Get

Mojave Mirage; What You See -- Or Remember -- Is Not Always What You Get

Golden Green: Will the Mojave Desert, which is growing exponentially, have enough water to survive?
Black Hills a Blank Spot on Map of Imperial County

Black Hills a Blank Spot on Map of Imperial County

Commentary: We know so little about the Black Hills in Imperial County. This piece may well be the only published description of the range's flora and fauna, sketchy as it is.
Los Padres National Forest: Wilderness Bill Introduced, But Provisions Worry Some

Los Padres National Forest: Wilderness Bill Introduced, But Provisions Worry Some

Land Use: A new bill would designate 64,000 acres of Los Padres National Forest as wilderness, among other things, but attached provisions would allow more off-road vehicle areas and more.
Three California Forests Selected for New National Program

Three California Forests Selected for New National Program

Land Use: The Inyo, Sierra and Sequoia national forests are among the first public lands that will undergo a proposed national forest planning rule that will dictate how they manage activities like hiking, hunting, road construction and mining.
Millions of Wilderness Acres in California Threatened Under Legislation, Warns Group

Millions of Wilderness Acres in California Threatened Under Legislation, Warns Group

Land Use: Imagine a new Joshua Tree National Park: Operated by a Border Patrol that allows unregulated building of roads, ignores environmental standards, and shuts down access in the name of national security.
California's Desert is the 'Rainforest' Next Door

California's Desert is the 'Rainforest' Next Door

Botany: The deserts are largely unexplored, in a biological sense: much of our deserts' biological diversity is yet to be discovered and described. It's a floristic frontier out there.
Flying to the Solar Zone: Thoughts & Shots From Above

Flying to the Solar Zone: Thoughts & Shots From Above

Commentary: Is the Riverside East Solar Energy Zone in the California desert appropriate for solar development?
How a Flat Expanse of Boring Gravel is Vital to You and the Desert

How a Flat Expanse of Boring Gravel is Vital to You and the Desert

Commentary: At first glance, the ground cover in these spots may seem unremarkable, as if someone had just spread a layer of gravel over a dead surface. Look a little closer, though, and surprises emerge.
Urban Legend: Remembering Why Cities Matter

Urban Legend: Remembering Why Cities Matter

Golden Green: Our best bet for how to adapt to climate change may be large and vibrant cities.
Federal Government Successfully Plays Enviros on Solar Policy

Federal Government Successfully Plays Enviros on Solar Policy

Commentary: There was one unambiguous piece of good news in the long-awaited draft documents about solar energy development in the Southwest. The rest? Well...
San Gabriel Mountains Poised to Become National Recreation Area

San Gabriel Mountains Poised to Become National Recreation Area

Land Use: The National Park Service (NPS) released a study last week, detailing how California's San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains might fit into the National Park System. The Draft San Gabriel Watershed and Mountains Special Resource Study and Environmental Assessment is...
Peak Experience: The Long Fight Over San Bruno Mountain

Peak Experience: The Long Fight Over San Bruno Mountain

Golden Green: On San Bruno Mountain, butterflies went head-to-head with bulldozers. Forty years later the battle still rages.
Marijuana Grow Site Discovered Near Malibu in Santa Monica Mountains

Marijuana Grow Site Discovered Near Malibu in Santa Monica Mountains

Land Use: For the second this summer a site used for marijuana cultivation has been discovered in the Santa Monica Mountains, the National Park Service has announced.
What Joe Baca Doesn't Get About the Endangered Species Act

What Joe Baca Doesn't Get About the Endangered Species Act

Golden Green: Rep. Joe Baca doesn't understand that the Endangered Species Act actually saves humans from their worst impulses--that's a good thing.
Over 1,000 Marijuana Plants Discovered in Sequoia National Park

Over 1,000 Marijuana Plants Discovered in Sequoia National Park

Land Use: Park rangers discovered 1,016 plants, some reaching over 10 feet in height, earlier this month in Sequoia National Park.