Eco News

1,000 Shades of Green

The Bonny Doon manzanita, found only in this county. Jackie Pascoe photo.

A new guide to Santa Cruz plants has botanists all het up

Sea Star Disease a Mystery

A healthy sea star. A disease attacking the critters is under investigation. Photo by Aldaron/Creative Commons.

Researchers investigate unknown origin of sea star wasting disease.

Mountain Bikes on UCSC Campus

All of the super-popular single track mountain biking trails at UCSC are illegal.

RESCHEDULED: Please join us on Wednesday Jan. 29 from 6-8pm at Stevenson Event Center on the UCSC campus for a panel discussion about the super-popular illegal single track on the upper campus.

Cemex Recreation Access Planning Begins

The view from the Cemex property looking toward Davenport. What would you like to be doing here? Hilltromper photo.

Hikers, bikers, pony riders! What activities would you like to see on the 8,500-acre Cemex property? The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County wants to know.

Coming Soon: Cycling Around Monterey Bay

Detail of one segment of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail out of 20 planned. From MBSST Master Plan.

Santa Cruz transportation officials have adopted a blueprint for Santa Cruz County’s 50-mile portion of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail.

Mountain Bike Access at UCSC: A Panel

Most of the trails at Upper UCSC are well-known to mountain bikers—and they're illegal. Join a Jan. 29 discussion about what has become a dysfunctional don't-ask-don't-tell situation.

New Coldwater Classic Format A Crowd Pleaser

Coldwater competitor throwing impressive tricks. Photo by Hanae Armitage

Of course it’s sick to see Kelly Slater shred the waves, but among the audience congregated at the Lane on Wednesday, the consensus was clear: It’s just as sick to uncover brand new raw talent. Maybe sicker.

Nat Geo Cartographer: Santa Cruz Map 'A Real Beast'

Packed with info nuggets, including trail distances, this map really satisfies.

The complexity of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and the network of organizations protecting them, put National Geographic mapmakers to the test. A party celebrates the new map's release on Nov. 14.

The Harbor's Stinky Situation

Anchovies in healthy concentrations (at the Monterey Bay Aquarium). Photo by LollyKnit on Flickr.

Tens of thousands of anchovies found themselves trapped in the Santa Cruz harbor last weekend. Eew.

Plastic Trash Art

Judith and Richard Lang have been turning beach trash into art for more than 20 years. They will be at the Sanctuary Exploration Center Wednesday evening.

Judith and Richard Lang are piecing together a beautiful solution to plastic pollution on beaches, one Capri Sun straw at a time.