It's hard work writing grant applications for California parks, writes Trust for Public Land intern Whitney Francis, but it's like climbing a mountain. “When I get to the top, I remember why it’s all worth it.”
Even when California ISO staff don’t suit up as superheroes, writes the intern Carlos Ciudad-Real, ”they are still performing heroics by crafting policy for arguably the most important energy entity in the West.”
A look at the most detailed survey ever done of crops and land use in California. It covers nine million acres of land devoted to grapes, alfalfa, cotton, plums, you name it – food for people and animals all over the world.
“In a city known for Hollywood and good weather,” writes US Army Corps intern Maggie Wood, you wouldn't expect its “crown jewel” to be “42-acre abandoned rail yard filled with concrete, dust, and rusty nails.”
Colorado River cutbacks loom in 2020; some Arizona farmers may fight to avoid them; Phoenix learning to fight the “silent storm” of heat deaths; Native Nations run the last salmon cannery in British Columbia, and more of the best environmental journalism in the past month.
The growth of almond orchards has made the Central Valley the new center of gravity for migratory beekeeping. With this shift has come new concerns over the health and safety of bee colonies, both on the road, and while they forage in California’s crops.