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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Mothers’ Nature: Meet the Women Who Fought To Keep the Bay Area Wild

The San Francisco Standard

April 29, 2023

Imagine the Bay reduced to a trickle of water, Glen Canyon filled with ribbons of concrete highway, Mt. Davidson covered with private homes and closed to the public.   It can be easy to take the awe-inducing natural beauty of the Bay Area for granted, presuming it will always be there: the sparkly waters of the…

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MALT director focused on 30×30 environmental goals

Marin IJ

April 26, 2023

I’m lucky. My job as the director of a community-based land trust gives me the opportunity to stand on top of some of the tallest mountains in Marin and to take in breathtaking vistas – rolling farmland, protected forests, the baylands and the wild Pacific Ocean.

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Buy local plants and help beautify Novato

Marin IJ

April 7, 2023

The Novato Garden Club will once again offer its long-running annual Spring Bloom Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 15 at two Novato locations, 7 Estates Drive and 6 Equestrian Court. The sale will feature a variety of annuals, perennials and shrubs such as roses, small orchids, fuchsia, hydrangeas, lavender, aloe and seeds;…

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Western Innovator: Laying chickens, dairy go together

Capital Press

March 30, 2023

They strut, scratch and mingle knowing they won’t be cooped up as they produce eggs for her. “I grew up in agriculture and raised cattle and hogs in my youth and active in 4-H and FFA,” she said. “I began operating my organic pasture raised egg farm in 2011.”

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