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Park affirms support for agriculture in final EIS

09/23/2020
The historic ranches in the Point Reyes National Seashore will be allowed to continue for years to come under the terms of a plan the National Park Service released last Friday. The document, a final environmental impact statement for an amendment to the seashore’s general management plan, elects to give...

Burn team surveys fire's aftermath

09/23/2020
A team of specialists and scientists trekked into the heart of the Woodward Fire burn area last week, and they came away with a sense of what it will take to stabilize the reshaped wilderness: time, money and a lot of work. As the fire continues to smolder, the park...

Market pleads for local patronage

09/23/2020
The Point Reyes Farmers Market opened under blue skies this weekend after a four-week hiatus, but the improved weather doesn’t spell the end of the market’s struggles...

Marine advocates seek to expand protections off San Francisco Bay

09/23/2020
Sandwiched between the Greater Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries is a 101-square-mile expanse of unprotected water that runs from outside the Golden Gate Bridge south to Pacifica. This fall, members of the Greater Farallones advisory council plan to outline recommendations for how the area could receive sanctuary protections...

County joins lawsuit against Census Bureau over Sept. 30 deadline

09/23/2020
With less than a week left to respond to the 2020 census, Marin County has signed on to a lawsuit brought by a coalition of counties and cities against the Census Bureau, challenging its decision to rush the complete count of the population. Last month, the bureau abandoned Covid-19 plans...

Proposition 15: What is it and what will it do?

09/23/2020
Not everyone remembers Proposition 13. It was passed 42 years ago, in 1978. I am old enough to remember working with my colleagues in the League of Women Voters to defeat it back then and I still have my old bumper sticker “Vote No on Prop 13." So I have...

Nature Notebook, September 24, 2020

09/23/2020
With the equinox passed this week, the celestial calendar will bring us the harvest moon, the full moon closest to the equinox, on Friday, Oct. 2. Traditionally, this moon provided extra light for crops to be brought in before winter. It will be joined by a second full moon on...

Activists' calls for sanctuary ordinance go unanswered

09/16/2020
The clash between immigration activists and Sheriff Robert Doyle that leaves the Board of Supervisors caught in the middle continued this week, as supervisors passed a resolution that urged the sheriff to reduce his cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The mostly symbolic act by supervisors was opposed by at...

Woodward a glimpse into fiery future

09/16/2020
As smoke from an unprecedented fire season fills the air, fire experts are sounding the alarm that the State of California is on an unsustainable path. Smoke is closing businesses and schools, deteriorating mental and physical health, and exposing a series of failures around forest management and climate change. Wildfires...

Climate adaptations lagging, jury finds

09/16/2020
The Marin County Civil Grand Jury is urging jurisdictions countywide to join together to develop a comprehensive climate change adaptation strategy. In a report published last week, the jury found that efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions in Marin have been successful, but that the necessary adaptation of public infrastructure...

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