Orange County is still looking at building a long sought-after toll road through the backcounty of San Onofre State Beach in the San Mateo Creek watershed, despite the state and federal government repeatedly saying no.
For two years, photographer Amy Gulick trekked among bears and bald eagles, and across forests and salmon-packed streams to document Alaska’s Tongass National Forest in its natural, primeval state, for her book Salmon In the Trees. The most complete portion of remaining west coast temperate rainforest, the Tongass is the largest National Forest in the U.S., and the only National Forest to have been “excused” from Roadless Rule regulations.
When the state of California set aside Yosemite Valley for protection as a park in 1864, it marked the beginning of California’s state park system, and the beginning of the idea of preserving a landscape and an environment as a wholly protected, public place. Eventually, the California State Park system became the model upon which the National Park Service would be built. Filmmakers David Vassar and Sally Kaplan talked with Tommy about California Forever, their new, two-part PBS special on the history and current challenges of California’s state parks.
Boasting an incredible coastline, several mountain ranges, high desert, thousands of square miles of forest, one of the most iconic National Parks in the west, and the Columbia River Gorge to the north and Hell’s Canyon to the east, Oregon makes a strong case as one of the world’s great outdoor destinations. The Executive Director of Oregon Wild talks about the issues wilderness advocates face in the Beaver State, from the future of former railroad lands to the slow return of wolves.
Playing host to thousands of schoolchildren for field trips, science classes, scouting events and other kid-friendly opportunities, the Chula Vista Nature Center – soon to become the Living Coast Discovery Center – is dedicated to providing environmental education on local wetlands and estuaries, the importance of keeping plastics and other pollutants out of our oceans and waterways, native plants and wildlife, and instilling a respect for nature and wildlife in people of all ages.
Are San Francisco city leaders interested in the idea of removing O’Shaughnessy Dam and restoring the Hetch Hetchy Valley? Depends on who you ask. We asked Mike Marshall, the Executive Director of Restore Hetch Hetchy.
A proposal to build a freeway-style off ramp from the Cabrillo Bridge at San Diego’s Balboa Park is raising more than a few eyebrows among preservationists and park advocates. Even the National Park Service is voicing its concern, stating the development threatens Balboa Park’s status as a National Historic Site. Bruce Coons of the Save Our Heritage Organisation talks about the proposed redesign’s threats to the integrity of one of the nation’s great urban spaces.
Co-founders Kristian Gustavson and Jared Criscuolo talk about the basic principles of Below the Surface, the ongoing evolution of the Riverview Project, alternate fuels, and becoming Outside Magazine’s Readers of the Year.