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Q&A With State Parks Guide Barbara Cooksey

"I have always been interested in preserving nature, and our cultural history has always fascinated me," says Barbara Cooksey. Diane Terry photo.

State Parks Guide Barbara Cooksey answers our questions about the path that led her to volunteer at Santa Cruz area state parks—and finally to join State Parks staff at Wilder Ranch.

The 2014 Friends Holiday Sale

Because no one ever says, 'No thanks, I have enough organic fair trade Mexican chocolate in exotic flavors.' No one.

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks holds its annual ParkStore Holiday Sale Dec. 6-7, with a special Preview Night and Ugly Sweater Contest on Friday, Dec. 5. God, we love the holidays.

Help Paint The Wilder Victorian

You can win the lovely painting that Renee Winter, local attorney and happy Hilltromper, is pointing to!

The big Victorian house at Wilder Ranch State Park needs some TLC, and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks is raffling off a painting to raise money for the project.

Aptos Bike Parks Closing

The Post Office Jump Park nurtured some of the best riders in the sport, and became an international destination. From "Strength in Numbers" by Anthill Films.

The notice Mark Davidson posted on the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz website was headlined "The end of an era in Aptos." It's news we call knew was coming and still it stung a little to read it.

Felton Bike Park Update

Velocity Bike Park at Mount Hermon, possibly finished as early as summer 2015, promises to be a mountain biking destination like no other in Santa Cruz County.

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun

You're well fed, dressed for weather and you've got people in town. Time to step out!  Photo by Liam Quinn.

You're well fed—very well fed—and still have friends and family in town. What to do in the days following Thanksgiving? See the sights, of course!

Redwoods as Climate Change Champions

Redwood forests sequester three times as much carbon as other forests.  Hilltromper photo.

Can a California redwood forest see as much precipitation as rainy Seattle? Find out the answer to this question and more about redwood trees, as well as how climate change might affect our redwoods.

Why Does The Puma Cross The Road?

The "McDougal mountain lion," named for property Land Trust seeks to purchase for a wildlife crossing, on Aug. 9. Pathways for Wildlife photo.

The instinct to roam is key to the mountain lion's evolutionary success. Conservationists hope a wildlife crossing under Highway 17 will make the journey less deadly for the pumas of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Wildlife Crossings: Good for Deer, Too

Wildlife cam image of a black-tailed deer crossing safely under a  highway courtesy Road Ecology Center.

The number of deer killed on California highways has doubled in the last year. Looks like mountain lions aren't the only animals that stand to benefit from wildlife bridges and underpasses.

How Do We Love Coast Dairies?

Looking down the West Liddell Creek ravine at Coast Dairies.

Let us count the ways in this video by the Trust for Public Land at the dedication of the 5,800-acre Coast Dairies property to the Bureau of Land Management.