Eco News

Hugging Trees for Health And Humanity

This guy got the memo about the health benefits of nature. Photo by Dylan Parker/CC.

Science keeps affirming what nature-lovers already know.

Surfing The Seafloor

A sea star photographed just off the coast of Asilomar State Beach. USGS photo.

USGS video and photographs of the seabed along the California coast are now available on a public portal.

Mission Adobe Gets Its Virtual Closeup

The USF-CyArk team trains the Leica C10 3D laser scanner on the walls of the Mission Adobe during the March 21 scanning session. Hannah Moore photo.

An Oakland nonprofit dedicated to digitally preserving the world's cultural heritage sites visits the Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.

Seymour Center's Got Your Goat

Alas, the goats rarely smile for photos. Photo by Allison B. Titus.

A herd of 450 Boer goats is clearing brush at the Seymour Center in a very goatlike way: by eating it.

Hello, Silicon Valley!

Yep, we like the view from El Sereno too.

We've been waiting for this for a long time.

Bruce Babbitt on the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument

Bruce Babbitt says the Coast Dairies property should be a national monument. And Bruce Babbitt knows national monuments.

On Wednesday, Feb. 11, former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt toured the Coast Dairies property on Santa Cruz’s north coast in advance of his keynote address Thursday at the kickoff event to launch the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument campaign. Afterwards Hilltromper visited with Babbitt at the Dream Inn around a table overlooking the wharf, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and Monterey Bay.

Bruce Babbitt: Monuments Man

Bruce Babbitt: A friendly man who's not afraid to fight.

Former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, who delivers the keynote address at Thursday's campaign kickoff for the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument, is the perfect man for the job.

Creating a National Monument

An angler on Mudhen Lake in the Fort Ord National Monument.

Portions of Fort Ord, the decommissioned Army base in Monterey County, became a National Monument in 2012. What happened next?

Time for A Santa Cruz Open Space District?

Open space districts can protect ag lands as well as establish parks. Hilltromper photo.

An exploratory campaign kicks off this spring to see if the unique conservation tool known as an open space district is right for our area.

How To Capture A Mountain Lion

Cajun, a Plott hound, and his two English coonhound counterparts, Sage and Randy, wait for their chance to track a mountain lion.  Brendan Bane photo.

Biology and age-old instinct make hounds the perfect tool to help researchers capture elusive mountain lions. But the practice has come under pressure since the 2012 ban on hunting with dogs.