Environment

Commonwealth Club podcast

Here's a clip from my July 19 appearance with Jordan Fisher-Smith at the Commonwealth Club of California. As part of the Club's ClimateOne series,  we kicked around what it can mean to "preserve nature" in our warming, human-dominated world. Yellowstone National Park  (see Jordan's new book Engineering Eden) is a case in point; Point Reyes [...]

Last winter Estuary News offered "a gnarly assignment": to write a sort of guidebook to the labyrinth of plans and agencies devoted to the health of San Francisco Bay and its inseparable  twin, the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.  Two Hearts Beating Not Quite as One appears in the June issue. Fifty years after the first [...]

I'll be talking on parks, farms, and climate change with fellow author Jordan Fisher-Smith at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco on Tuesday, July 19, 6:30. Jordan's new book, Engineering Eden, centers on the tricky and sometimes tragic course of bear management at Yellowstone; analogous struggles at Point Reyes pervade my recent title An Island [...]

On July 10, 2015, President Obama proclaimed a National Monument along a hundred miles of  rugged Coast Range ridges west of Sacramento, California.Two weeks later, much of the new monument was engulfed in the flames of the Wragg and Rocky Fires. I wrote about this captivating landscape before the designation and the fires (High Country [...]

Filling Up On Empty

El Niño may be on the way, but California's water problems aren't abating any time soon. In the June issue of Estuary News, I look past the present drought to ask how much water California can store underground for the even worse conditions climatologists warn us we can expect. Estuary News is the respected quarterly [...]

https://vimeo.com/47527324 In August, National Parks Month, PBS stations nationwide will be showing  Rebels with a Cause, the story of how the coast just north of San Francisco was wrested from looming development to become the open space oasis it is today.  Narrated by Frances McDormand, the much-honored documentary centers on the people--the Rebels--who stepped forward [...]

Water, Water

I've been writing about the California water wars since 1970. This season I'm preparing an update for  the second edition of my 1996 book Storm Over Mono: The Mono Lake Battle and the California Water Future; there is much, mostly good, to tell. This time the Mono Lake Committee will publish. And I'm researching a [...]