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The Nature Conservancy aims to protect nature by purchasing and conserving land. Across California, the conservancy has protected 1.5 million acres of rivers, forests, and lands and 6,000 square miles of ocean.

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Girl Scouts Take on Gender Gap

Nearly 600 girls and 260 adult volunteers from an 18-county region descended on Lake Camanche in Calaveras County to learn or improve their skills in archery, fishing, paddling, and horseback riding.

(May 11, 2022) → Read the full American River Messenger report
Opinion: Why Save Farmland and Habitat in Natomas?

Former Sacramento Mayor Heather Fargo, and Susan Herre of the Environmental Council of Sacramento, take issue with a recent SacBee article and reject plans for unbridled development in Natomas.

(May 9, 2022) → Read the full The Natomas Buzz report

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Image caption: Tesla Supercharger pump station at the Westminster Mall parking lot in Westminster, CA..
Walters: Electric Car Nirvana Collides With Reality

Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Air Resources Board are boasting about California's shift to zero-emission vehicles but the reality of making it happen is daunting.

Image caption: Saving water has become more crucial in California’s drought crisis.
How to Save Water: Simple Steps You Can Take

Saving water is more important than ever in California, due to the region’s worst drought conditions in 1,200 years. Here are some steps you can take to help.

Image caption: With drought getting worse, California needs to increase water use efficiency.
How California Can Increase Water Savings By 30 Percent

California can increase water savings in urban and suburban areas by 30 to 48 percent using nothing but existing technology, a new report from the Pacific Institute says.

Image caption: Valero Oil Refinery in Benicia
Information War in Benicia

The LA Times' Mark Z. Barabak tells the tale of Steve Young, mayor of the small North Bay Area city of Benicia, who is in a battle with the Valero Energy Corp.

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Gas Prices Are Going Up. Here's Why That's Good

Gas prices are going up. But America has long paid too little for gasoline, along with a low gas tax rate. Is it time for all of that to change?

Image caption: A new report is sharply critical of California's laws and rules for granting water rights.
Bringing California Water Laws Into the Future

California’s outdated water rights laws have failed to account for the effects of climate change, says a new expert report, which makes some strong recommendations.

Image caption: Over two weekends last October, residents of Santa Cruz and Watsonville  participated in demonstration rides aboard an electric streetcar on rails.
The ‘Rail Trail’ Movement, Explained

Thousands of miles of railroad track, including some in Santa Cruz County, now sit idle. The fate of those largely abandoned tracks has become a burning controversy.

Image caption: Despite a new law, leaf blowers may not be going away anytime soon.
Is California’s New Leaf Blower Ban Really a Ban?

California has a new law to ban leaf blowers, which both annoy neighbors and pollute the air. Here’s why the law might not do enough, explained.

Image caption: Mosquitos kill about 725,000 people every year, worldwide.
Taking a Bite Out of the Mosquito Population

The pesky mosquito can be deadly as well as annoying. Here’s how local governments in California have been waging war on mosquitoes for more than a century.

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A Modern-Day Noah’s Ark

LA Times staff writer Louis Sahagun reports from the front lines of the battle to preserve California’s most endangered species.

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