Eco News

Light(rail) Speed Ahead

Having trouble picturing it? This helps. Image courtesy Friends of the Rail & Trail.

The Coastal Rail Trail will allow biking, walking and wheelchair access from one end of Santa Cruz County to the other—and forever change local transportation.

Mylo Jenkins at The Mission Adobe

The members of Mylo Jenkins loitering around the Mission Adobe. Dan Kocher is second from right. Will he make personal history Saturday night? We'll have to see!   Photo courtesy Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

Dan Kocher of the Americana band Mylo Jenkins talks about the Mission Adobe, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and why so much is riding on Saturday night's concert.

Christopher McDougall: From Barefoot Running to Heroic Play

In Natural Born Heroes, barefoot running evangelist Christopher McDougall looks to Cretan Resistance fighters in World War II for clues to a very different approach to fitness.

Lions And TIGER Affairs, Oh My!

Think federal grants can't be sexy? The Land Trust of Santa Cruz County knows they can.

The Budding Naturalist As Guide

Kelly McCandless, 15, signs copies of her field guide to the Arboretum on Sunday, May 17.

First-time author Kelly McCandless isn't like most 15-year-olds.

State Park Nonprofits Hope To Dust Bust Fire Road

Fire road at Nisene Marks State Park. Photo courtesy Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

Efforts are underway to raise funds for bringing Dust Off to Nisene Marks State Park for the second time.

Bike Week 2015: Celebrating Bike Culture

Bike Party, a popular Bike Week event, takes place on Friday, May 8. This year's theme is 'Prom.'.

From May 1 to May 8, Santa Cruz County celebrates bike culture with all-new events and discounts at local restaurants. Biking enthusiasts will have chances to win an electric bike and help clean up part of the rail trail.

Supes to Vote on Coast Dairies National Monument

On April 21 the Santa Cruz County Supervisors consider a resolution in support of designating the Coast Dairies property a national monument. Photo courtesy Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument Campaign.

The idea of turning 5,800-plus acres on Santa Cruz’s North Coast into a national monument has captured the imagination of many locals from the moment the school-kids sang “This Land Is Your Land” during the monument campaign kickoff.

Elkhorn Slough Pollution Prompts Petition

Aerial view showing the Pick-n-Pull's proximity to Elkhorn Slough. Photo by Joel Avila/Hawkeye Aerial Photography.

Last winter, the Ecological Rights Foundation tested stormwater flowing into Elkhorn Slough from the nearby Pick-n-Pull and found lead and copper in the runoff. Now it wants Monterey County officials to overturn the auto dismantling facility’s recent 10-year permit renewal, citing danger to sea otter pups and other Slough inhabitants.

A Weekend of Earth Day

The weekend's unrivaled main event takes place Saturday at San Lorenzo Park. Photo from

Earth Day doesn't happen until Wednesday, April 22, but Santa Cruz is set to begin celebrating early, with an official Earth Day celebration this Saturday the 18th. So, we ask, why not make a weekend of it?