It looks like a barren no man’s land, but the vast desert outside Indio, Calif., has many suitors. Conservationists see its acres of creosote bush and cholla cactus as a rare habitat for tortoises, pronghorn antelope and an elusive variety of mule deer.
State Parks workers were pulling cable up a launch ramp at Bidwell Marina Thursday because the water level in Lake Oroville is on the rise. March’s storms have brought the lake level up almost 13 feet since the start of the month, according to the Department of Water Resources website.
Well into the first of two winter storm warnings, some Lake Tahoe ski resorts are reporting more than 1 foot of fresh snow. … Another winter storm warning will take effect at 5 p.m. Thursday and last until 5 a.m. Saturday.
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke bristled Tuesday under questioning by Democrats about his travel spending as the Trump administration seeks deep cuts to conservation programs and fee increases at national parks. Zinke testified before a Senate committee about the agency’s proposed $11.7 billion budget for 2019.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said Monday he plans to have reviewed by month’s end a stack of about 400 claims filed mostly by residents of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation over damages they sustained during the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster.
The problem with focusing on Trump’s pipe dream of a wall is that real border problems that can actually be solved are being ignored. The Tijuana River, for instance, which crosses the international border before reaching the ocean on the U.S. side, is said to be one of the most polluted waterways in the world.
Three alternatives have been developed to revamp access to Bumpass Hell in Lassen Volcanic National Park, and a 30-day comment period has opened on the environmental assessment of the three options. The preferred option will maintain the current boardwalk configuration in the basin, and make improvements to the trail from the main park road.
Most people see the Grand Canyon from the rim, thousands of feet above where the Colorado River winds through it for almost 300 miles. But to travel it afloat a raft is to experience the wondrous majesty of the canyon and the river itself while gaining perspective about geology, natural beauty and the passage of time.
A late arrival to winter is taking hold, and every creek, river and waterfall is acquiring its own personality. Some, like Silver Falls in the remote Santa Cruz Mountains, are roaring, having been jump-started by 7 inches of rain in the past week.
For generations, hikers, bicyclists and motorists looking for a sweeping view have ventured up the Bay Area’s most distinctive and popular peaks: Mount Diablo, Mount Tamalpais and Mount Hamilton. Now there’s a new member in the popular summit club.
The splendor of Ring Mountain was on full display Monday as sunshine lit up a froggy marsh amid resurgent native growth — all elements of a preserve boosted in recent years by new funding. “Ring Mountain is an incredibly beautiful place,” said Max Korten, Marin County Parks director.
The California Coastal Act for decades has scaled back mega-hotels, protected wetlands and, above all, declared that access to the beach was a fundamental right guaranteed to everyone. But that very principle could be dismantled in the latest chapter of an all-out legal battle that began as a local dispute over a locked gate.
Most summer days, Cowell Beach, just west of the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf, is a haven for tourists, surfers, sea otters and sea lions. But beneath the surface lurks a dirty, persistent problem: high bacterial counts.
South Bay elected officials said they are filing a lawsuit Friday in the most dramatic attempt in decades to force the federal government to plug up the millions of gallons of sewage and polluted water that routinely stream over the border from Tijuana into the San Diego region.
Off-road vehicle users would have more legal access to areas around Lake Powell but could also be required to purchase a permit and abide by new seasonal beach closures under a set of regulations being considered at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
Joaquin Arambula was a student at Edison High when the state of California backed the concept of a recreational parkway between Friant Dam and Highway 99. Twenty-six years later, the San Joaquin River Parkway remains mostly that: a noble concept that has yet to be realized.