Wanting to beat these cold, frosty holiday mornings? Get your dose of balmy days with three world-class desert parks, offering daytime temperatures in the 70s and 80s, wonderful hiking and exploration opportunities, all flush with history and unique ecology.
The San Diego River is getting an unprecedented makeover — the largest effort perhaps in recent history to address the pollution that has for decades plagued watersheds throughout the region. Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced Wednesday that the city will remove trash and homeless encampments along the river twice a week through the end of March.
A state-appointed board has decided that public access to the San Joaquin River bottom west of Highway 41 on the Fresno side of the river should be from a cul-de-sac adjacent to a northwest Fresno business park. The San Joaquin River Conservancy board, comprising representatives of local and state agencies with a stake in the river, voted 8-6 that the best of two alternatives for access was at Palm and Nees avenues.
In a controversial and potentially precedent-setting move, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Agency Board of Directors voted unanimously Wednesday night to grant property rights at Mount Umunhum to the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band.
Three months after the long-anticipated public opening of Mount Umunhum, a Bay Area open space agency plans to vote Wednesday on a controversial proposal to give property rights at the scenic South Bay mountaintop to an Indian tribe based in Sacramento County.
Mount Diablo’s summit in Contra Costa County has a wonderful visitors center in an historic stone building. Mount Tamalpais in Marin honors the scenic railway and cool “gravity cars” that charmed tourists a century ago. Mount Hamilton in eastern Santa Clara County is home to the Lick Observatory, a research center since 1888. And what about the South Bay’s Mount Umunhum, the latest to open to the public.
The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a 20-year ban on new uranium mining on public land near the Grand Canyon, while also striking down a challenge to an existing uranium mine south of Grand Canyon National Park. … The suit — led by the Havasupai Tribe, Grand Canyon Trust, Center for Biological Diversity and Sierra Club — sought continued protections under the standing mining ban.
After 14 years, the wait is nearly over for mountain biking and walking trails at the Glenwood Open Space Preserve. Last week, the City Council approved the long-term management plan, a document that required scrutiny by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
At some point during the lengthy and often heated debate over the most tantalizing but unrealized public land in Fresno, we’ve lost sight of something central. Something that should help us move on after the San Joaquin River Conservancy Board (hopefully) reaches a consensus during Wednesday’s meeting at the Clovis Veterans Memorial District hall.
Comanche Creek Greenway is called “mini Bidwell Park” for a reason. It’s a welcome respite for many people living and working in a more industrial part of Chico. … Comanche Creek, also known as Edgar Slough, carries water taken from Butte Creek for irrigation.
The Coachella Valley’s biggest water district recycles wastewater at three of its six sewage treatment plants, churning out water to irrigate golf courses, parks and lawns at housing developments. Now it’s proposing to reuse more water by converting a sewage plant in Thermal to a water-recycling plant.
In a blow to abalone hunters and a host of North Coast businesses that rely upon their patronage, the state Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday to suspend the harvest of red abalone in 2018, shutting down the last viable abalone fishery in California for at least a year.
Nearly a decade after taking control of the resort business at Monterey County-owned Lakes San Antonio and Nacimiento, county Resource Management Agency staff is drafting a request for proposals for a long-term management agreement and aiming for public release by early next year.
his week President Trump angered environmentalists and other groups by reducing the size of two large national monuments in Utah—Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante. Using Presidential Proclamations and invoking the 1906 Antiquities Act, he slashed these monuments by about 1 million square acres. While groups of Utahns and especially the state’s Republican politicians applauded these executive actions, lawsuits alleging the president exceeded his powers were filed quickly.
They lie washed up on the side of levees, they sit silently moored in the quiet sloughs of the vast Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, sometimes drifting aimlessly down the middle of the waterways. There are hundreds of these abandoned recreational watercraft and commercial vessels in the Delta, and some of them have been slowly wasting away for 60 years or more.
This story is about two little boys searching for buried outlaw treasure, a kidnapping by Jesse and Frank James — and how the Bay Area’s newest park connects these encounters and brings them full circle.
On the face of it, Marin Municipal Water District’s proposed Azalea Hill Project near Fairfax sounds like a good idea, and the part of the plan that reroutes and restores damaged areas near the trail will benefit the environment and all parties.
Eight months after President Trump ordered a review of national monuments, and a day after the president removed 2 million acres of public land from federal protection in Utah, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Tuesday announced recommendations for much smaller boundary adjustments to monuments in Nevada and Oregon.
Crashing populations may shut down the recreational abalone season for 2018. California Department of Fish and Wildlife managers have recommended the shutdown, but the Fish and Game Commission will make the final decision Thursday at a meeting in San Diego that is open to public comment.
For decades skiing and gaming have dominated the winter tourism scene on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore, but with travelers hitting the slopes and slots less and climate change threatening snowfall, travel experts say that’s changing.