Seashore releases visions for ranchlands

10/19/2017
Six alternative strategies that could guide the Point Reyes National Seashore’s management of lands currently leased for ranching and dairying were released on Monday, marking the first step toward amending the seashore’s General Management Plan. The announcement launched a 30-day public comment period that will end on Nov. 15. Two...

Road repair project would halve Drakes Beach parking lot

10/19/2017
A decade-old plan to shrink the parking lot at Drakes Beach may be revived in the form of a mitigation measure attached to the rehabilitation of the main road through the Point Reyes National Seashore. Last week, the Federal Highway Administration announced that it had expanded its collaboration with the...

Emergency systems shift in reponse to North Bay fires

10/19/2017
As dry heat and fierce winds give way to higher humidity and even a chance of rain, West Marin residents—many of whom provided emergency assistance to those fleeing fires raging in nearby counties—may be feeling some relief. Yet Marin County firefighters remain on high alert, as many of the county’s...

In community response, resilience and compassion

10/19/2017
“All I could think to do was get to the coast,” one Sonoma resident who evacuated her home with little notice said. “I knew if we could get to the sea, we would be safe.” Her instinct was echoed by so many of the evacuees, primarily Sonoma residents, who ended...

Restoration planned for former Air Force station on Mount Tamalpais

10/19/2017
The western peak of Mount Tamalpais, bulldozed during the Cold War to make way for an Air Force station where soldiers watched the skies for Soviet bombers, is still home to a slew of crumbling structures, power lines and concrete slabs. Now, the Marin Municipal Water District, which has jurisdiction...

Bolinas musician releases alt-country album on new micro label

10/19/2017
The “socially acknowledged and nature-loving town” of Bolinas is ever-present in singer-songwriter Jeff Manson’s new release “Wild Form,” but that is not all. The alt-country effort, released last month on a new micro label that Mr. Manson helped establish, invites listeners on an evening stroll through his Big Mesa neighborhood...

Nature Notebook, October 12, 2017

10/19/2017
Smoke and fog permitting, the Orionid meteor showers, at a rate of about 20 an hour, peak on Saturday, Oct. 21. Look for Orion with his three-star belt on the eastern horizon in the early evening. Fire has been an ongoing force in creating our communities’ beloved landscapes; grappling with...