Cultivating Open Spaces in Marin


October 13, 2023

It was a warm day but there was a comfortable, cooling breeze on the the ridge as we looked out across the rocky, straw-colored hills of western Marin County, past woodlands, creeks, soaring turkey vultures, swooping hawks and a smattering of cows all the way to the coastal bluffs and the gleaming, blue ocean.

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Marin launches social equity program with Measure A money

Marin IJ

October 12, 2023

Marin County has begun accepting applications for a new $800,000-per-year environmental grant program made possible by a rejiggering of Measure A tax revenue. The Food, Agriculture and Resilient Ecosystems program is designed to advance a laundry list of objectives on farming, the climate and natural resources. Methods to improve natural resource values include carbon-capture farming,…

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A Bay Area Community Wants to Protect Its Dark Skies

New York Times

September 25, 2023

When you look up at the night sky, what do you see? For many of us, the answer is not much. Instead of glittering constellations, we’re often greeted by nothing more than a darkened haze overhead, as city lights obscure our nighttime views. Light pollution has become such a serious problem that 80 percent of…

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Bringing Back Monarchs One Ranch at a Time


July 16, 2023

When he was growing up in the coastal California village of Bolinas in the 1980s, Ole Schell remembers, the monarchs that returned each fall to their overwintering sites seemed “endless.” They clustered in the eucalyptus and pine groves around town, sometimes in swarms so big that—Schell now recalls with embarrassment—he and his friends would shake…

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North Bay loses 11 dairy farms partly due to drought

North Bay Business Journal

June 23, 2023

Despite coming off a disastrous winter that cost California about $1 billion in damage, North Bay farmers and ranchers may have paid a heftier price from the last few years of drought — with almost a dozen in Sonoma and Marin counties throwing in the towel.

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