Eco News

The San Lorenzo River Project

Groovin' on a Saturday afternoon San Lorenzo River Paddle with the Coastal Watershed Council. Photo by Melissa Foley.

People have talked about saving the San Lorenzo River for decades. Now, amid fresh public awareness of public safety and environmental issues, the idea has a new champion in the Coastal Watershed Council.

Paul Hawken's Good News

'Blessed Unrest' author speaks at Inner Light this evening. Terrence McCarthy photo.

'Blessed Unrest' author speaks at Inner Light Ministries this evening.

A Forester for The Trees

Nadia Hamey with one of the old redwoods on the Cemex property. "They have a will to live," she says. Photo by Clark Tate.

Think commercial loggers can't be environmentalists? Meet Nadia Hamey.

Good Wilderness Medicine: Backcountry Medical Guides

A BMG instructor and students suffer through another wilderness medicine lesson above Sand Dollar Beach in Big Sur. Photo courtesy BMG.

John Taussig started BMG in 2010 determined to develop a safer backcountry-bound population.

2013 Coastal Cleanup Day Results

The Panther Beach cleanup crew with Patrick Adams. Photo courtesy Save Our Shores.

Three thousand volunteers and 17,000 pounds of trash later, Monterey Bay beaches are looking better.

The Anchovy vs. The Whale

Anchovies in a bait ball. Photo by Cliff/Wikimedia Commons.

What's drawing hundreds of humpbacks to Monterey Bay? Just a little fish.

A Bike Park for Santa Cruz

A rendering of Valmont Bike Park in Boulder. Alpine Bike Parks, the company that built Valmont, will construct the Mount Hermon bike park.

Coastal California's first mountain bike park is coming to Santa Cruz County. It's kind of a big deal.

Clay Kempf, Soul Birder

Clay Kempf in his natural habitat: leading a birding outing to Pinto Lake. Photo by David Sidle.

It’s not about the lists for Clay Kempf, or about having a big year. He just loves being outside. If a bird happens to fly by while he basks in Mother Nature’s glory, so much the better.

For State Parks, A Whole New Direction

"We are an aging white movement," one speaker told the audience at the Sept. 9 Parks Forward workshop in Santa Cruz, intended to gather ideas for updating state parks. Photo by Hilltromper.

Suggestions for revamping California State Parks poured in at the first workshop of the Parks Forward commission—including some that would have been unthinkable a few years ago.

The Santa Cruz Pump Track Boom

The Aptos pump track, built by Epicenter Cycling with volunteer labor, is almost always bustling. Photo courtesy Epicenter Cycling.

With one up and running and four on the way, it's pump tracks for all!