7 stunning U.S. spots for wildlife
Naturalist Beth Pratt has been exploring and celebrating wildlife since she was a child, whether discovering the great whales of Cape Cod with her parents or creating a special luxury habitat for her backyard frogs. As a young girl she gazed with longing at photos of grizzly bears and wolves, and vowed to see the charismatic mega-fauna of the West. She realized her dream in her 20-year career in environmental leadership has included work at Yosemite and Yellowstone national parks. She’s the director of the National Wildlife Federation’s California office, living just outside Yosemite.
Palo Alto Online 4/20/13
Locals celebrate Earth Day at Palo Alto Baylands
At 9 and 8 years old, Alex Carvalho and Julian De Sa can articulate the significance of Earth Day and how it isn’t the only day people should care about the planet.”You have to be extra nice to the Earth,” Carvalho said. “You should be nice to the Earth every day, but extra nice on Earth Day.” Carvalho and de Sa rode their bikes from East Palo Alto to the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve for Baylands Earth Day on Saturday afternoon. The event, which included activities that range from games to invasive species clean-up, was coordinated by the City of Palo Alo and several organizations, including the Palo Alto Open Space Nature Preserve.
PACIFICA: Plastic bag ban goes into effect in coastal town
CBS SF Bay Area 4/22/13
12 San Mateo County Cities Enact Plastic Bag Bans On Earth Day
A dozen San Mateo County cities celebrated Earth Day on Monday by implementing plastic bag bans. Grocery stores, retail shops and pharmacies in 12 Peninsula cities and unincorporated areas throughout San Mateo County will no longer use plastic bags as of today, county Director of Environmental Health Dean Peterson said.“The Bay is getting a very important present for Earth Day,” Peterson said.
San Jose Mercury News 4/23/13
New Bair Island bridge opens way to almost fully restored wetlands
Thirty years after Redwood City voters saved Bair Island from being transformed into a massive residential development, officials and some of the project’s early opponents gathered Monday to celebrate the opening of a pedestrian bridge into the almost restored 3,000-acre wetlands site.”It was such a thrill,” Sandra Cooperman said after strolling over the new bridge onto the island, which until then had been off-limits to the public since 2007. She was one of the residents who organized a ballot referendum in 1982 that blocked the city council’s approval of the controversial development.
San Jose Mercury News 4/20/13
Sleek new trail opens through heart of San Jose, connecting downtown to San Francisco Bay for bikes and hikers
A new thoroughfare to help travelers get across San Jose more easily opened on Saturday with celebrations and crowds of people. But there were no cars, trucks or motorcycles. The route was a trail. After a year of construction, a 6.7-mile section of the Guadalupe River Trail was officially unveiled, running along the Guadalupe River’s levees from the Interstate 880 overcrossing near Mineta San Jose International Airport north to Alviso on the edge of San Francisco Bay. The trail had existed before, but only as a dusty, uninviting gravel access road. Paved with smooth asphalt, the trail is now 12 feet wide with signs, a center stripe and five commemorative plazas along the way. The plazas highlight everything from the discovery of the skull of a 14,000-year-old Columbian mammoth along the river in 2005 to the Hetch Hetchy water system to the history of Alviso.
The Oakland Tribune 4/24/13
Don’t weaken the successful Endangered Species Act
This year is the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, America’s landmark law to prevent the extinction of our most at-risk plants and animals. In the Bay Area, we can appreciate the protections this farsighted act has provided for our native wildlife and how preserving their habitat contributes to our quality of life. Just last month, local agencies began the environmental review process for a series of fish passage projects that will allow steelhead trout to return to more than 10 miles of historic spawning and rearing habitats in upper Alameda Creek — for the first time in half a century. This regionally significant stream restoration has been driven by Endangered Species Act protections for steelhead trout, as have similar efforts to restore steelhead and iconic coho salmon in other Bay Area streams such as Codornices Creek, Suisun Creek, Napa River, Lagunitas Creek, San Francisquito Creek and the Guadalupe River.
San Jose Mercury News 4/26/13
Cupertino quarry agrees to restore and improve Permanente Creek
Cupertino’s Lehigh Southwest Cement Company has agreed to cut discharges of toxic water pollutants into Permanente Creek, which runs through Los Altos and Mountain View the bay.