signed into law by President Obama. We at Treehuggers International are exceedingly disappointed in Congress' unwillingness to have a public debate on the matter, and at President Obama for signing it in what appears to be an act of political expediency. While hunting is appropriately allowed in some National Parks and wildlife refuges, we at Treehuggers International, along with citizens' groups, consveration organizations, and retired park rangers, can't think of a more reckless move than to allow loaded weapons in National Parks in all seasons, and especially in areas where conservation is the guiding principle, not an afterthought. Even with an 11th hour caveat, the amendment is now law. With decreased safety for all in National Parks on the line, learn more at the Brady Campaign Against Gun Violence and the National Parks Conservation Association.
April 30, 2009
A cautious frog in a riparian area of Mission Trails Regional Park.
(photo courtesy of Krystal Inwellyn / © 2009 Krystal Inwellyn)
Tune in for a conversation about the San Diego Natural History Museum's Bio Blitz with the Curator of Entomology at the San Diego Natural History Museum, Dr. Michael Wall. San Diego County is one of the most biologically diverse areas of the U.S., but how many species are in any given area, and how are plants and animals identified and counted? Bio Blitz condenses a typcially placid academic approach into a 24-hour blitz of discovery and categorization, acknowledging the speed with which species are coming to an early end because of climate change and habitat destruction. The most recent museum-sponsored Bio Blitz just occurred at Mission Trails Regional Park, and you can learn all about Bio Blitz from one of the main movers behind it at the San Diego Natural History Museum, Dr. Michael Wall. Listen to it HERE.
April 23, 2009
As nature intended: the San Diego River at flood stage in Mission Valley.
Treehuggers International's conversation with San Diego River Park Foundation Executive Director Rob Hutsel is now available beloe in the Show Archive, or by clicking HERE. The San Diego River Park Foundation is a community-based, grassroots organization seeking to tie the San Diego River together as a greenbelt along the river’s 52-mile course, from the river’s headwaters in the Cuyamaca Mountains to the Pacific at Ocean Beach. Learn more about this incredibly active, volunteer-driven, efficient community steward and this year's San Diego River Days, happening May 9th to May 17th, as we catch up with Rob Hutsel from the San Diego River Park Foundation on Treehuggers International. Click to listen to it HERE.
April 16, 2009
A desert tortoise on the move in Joshua Tree National Park.
(photo courtesy of Encyclopedia Britannica / © 2008 Theo Allofs)
Treehuggers International's conversation with Dr. Ron Swaisgood from the San Diego Zoological Society can be heard below in the Show Archive, or by clicking HERE. Ron is the Director for Applied Animal Ecology at the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research, and is taking over the research portion of the San Diego Zoo's ongoing Desert Tortoise Recovery Project in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As a supervisor on several species recovery programs, including the California Condor and San Clemente Island Loggerhead Shrike, Dr. Swaisgood is also a veteran of overseas conservation programs with the Giant Panda in China and the Rhinceros in Nambia and South Africa. If you love animals, make time for this edition of Treehuggers International. Click HERE to hear it.
April 10, 2009
A whale greets a pair of oil platforms in the Santa Barbara Channel.
Treehuggers International's conversation with Angela Howe, Legal Manager at the Surfrider Foundation's national office in San Clemente, can be heard by clicking HERE . Angela talks with Tommy about Surfrider's litigation campaigns, the history of the foundation, the current situation at Trestles, and the possibility of renewed oil drilling along the continental shelf. Listen in to learn more about the legal workings of Surfrider with guest Angela Howe by clicking HERE.
April 4, 2009
Coated SC Bluwood being used for the frame of Jacques Lord's newly-rebuilt home.
Treehuggers International welcomed back to the show San Diego Environmental Professionals member Jacques Lord, who lost his Rancho Bernardo home in the Witch Creek Fire in October 2007, and is nearly finished re-building his house to U.S. Green Building Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design standards, also known as LEED. Listen in as Jacques describes the planning and building of his new house, overcoming obstacles from insurance companies and reluctant builders, and trying to find availablility and the right quantity of green building supplies with the help of the California Center for Sustainable Energy and Green Spark. Always an inspirational, thoughtful guest, this encore presentation of Jacques Lord's return to Treehuggers International is now available at the Show Archive page.
March 30, 2009
Near Lake Ediza in the Ansel Adams Wilderness.
(photo courtesy of Buck Forester / © 2005 Buck Forester)
WILDERNESS UPDATE - GREAT NEWS: The landmark 2009 Omnibus Wilderness Bill passed its second go-round through the House of Representatives with prior pproval from the Senate, and was signed into law by President Obama on March 30th. To celebrate the new wilderness designation of two million acres of your public land, including 700,00 acres right here in California, enjoy a celebration of wilderness with writer, photographer, and ecologist George Wuerthner. The author of 34 books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles, including the two-volume guide to Califorinia's Wilderness Areas and the new book Thrillcraft: The Environmental Consequences of Motorized Recreation, George Wuerther stops by Treehuggers International to discuss the meaning of wilderness, favorite wilderness areas, and the continuing impact of off-road vehicle use on public lands. Now available at the Show Archive page.
March 14, 2009
The Loreto coastline on Baja California's eastern shore, along the Sea of Cortez.
Treehuggers International once again extends thanks to Pro Peninsula for extending the media sponsorship invitation for the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival. A genuine honor for Treehuggers International to be associated with such a great set of films, echoing so many sentinents near and dear to the concept of Treehuggers International.
Our most recent conversation with Pro Peninsula Executive Director Kama Dean is now available at the Show Archive page, as Kama and Tommy talk about the success of Pro Peninsula's Adopt A Sea Turtle program, Pro Peninsula's overall mission and outreach to Baja fishing communities, and some of the remote locations along the Baja coastline where Pro Peninsula operates. Also, click HERE to see a great article about Pro Peninsula in the San Diego Union-Tribune.
March 7, 2009
Mexican Gray Wolves at the National Zoo, Washington D.C.
(photo courtesy of John White / © 2001 John White)
GRAY WOLF UPDATE: Bad news, the Obama administration recently opted to uphold the Bush administration's second removal of the gray wolf from endangered species protection in the Rockies and Upper Midwest. Gray Wolves were originally put back under endangered species protection in July following a poorly-conceived de-listing of the animal last March, which led to destructive mass hunts and an outcry among conservationists. Join Treehuggers International as Tommy chats with Patrick Valentino of the California Wolf Center in Julian about the politics and mechanics behind the wolf de-listing, as well as the successful re-introduction of the Mexican Gray Wolf with help from the California Wolf Center into its mountain habitat in Arizona and New Mexico. Now available at the Show Archive page.
February 22, 2009
Taking it to the beach, by rail.
(photo courtesy of Don Tormey / L.A. Times)
With December's U.S. Commerce Department decision essentially ending the TCA's bid to build a toll road at San Onofre State Beach and Trestles, it seemed to be a good time to revisit Treehuggers International's discussion with Steve Long, retired California State Parks ranger, surfer, and Senior Advisor to the San Onofre Foundation, to talk about the future of Trestles and San Onofre State Beach.
Featuring previously unheard audio, go to the Show Archive for an insider's take on the battles behind the long-proposed toll road at San Onofre from someone who spent a career watching over Trestles and the San Onofre backcountry in the service of the citizens of California, as we revisit Steve Long's appearance on Treehuggers International, now available at the Show Archive page (Eddie Vedder "Save Trestles" photo courtesy of Elizabeth Willes).
December 7, 2008
The bluffs at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve.
Treehuggers International's recent conversation with Darren Smith, Resource Ecologist with California State Parks and the Natural Resources Program Manager for Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, is now available at the Show Archive page. Learn about threats facing the reserve from invasive species and invisible-to-the-naked eye effects of urbanization, how Torrey Pines remains a remnant of the rapidly vanishing native Southern California coastal ecosystem, and get the scoop on San Diego's most revered tree, which lends it's name to a school, a road, businesses, even a gliderport!
October 26, 2008
Tijuana River from Sunset Trail, Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge.
's conversation with Ben McCue
is available at the Show Archive
page. Listen in as Tommy
discuss the problem of pollution and sewage
in the Tijuana River Estuary
, strides being made on both sides of the U.S. / Mexico border to clean up the Tijuana River
, and the new Monte de Los Olivos
sewage treatment plant in Tijuana
. Also discussed is the suspension
of the San Diego County Ocean Water Quality Program
, which monitors the water quality at area beaches, and the recent Playas Limpias
Mexico Parks and Beaches Clean-Up Day. Para ver el website de Wildcoast
en Español, chasque AQUÍ
August 23, 2008
CARLSBAD DESALINATION UPDATE:
The State Lands Commission
joined the California Coastal Commission
in approving the permit
for a $300 million desalination plant
at the Encina Power Plant in Carlsbad, with only token mitigation of its environmental impacts
taken into account. While creating much-needed fresh water
, the plant will irrepairably harm marine life
, not to mention use more energy to power it's reverse osmosis
process of filtering seawater than it takes to pump water from the San Joaquin Delta to Southern California
, a process which is already energy-intensive to the extreme. Desalination has the potential to be a smart component
to meeting our fresh water needs in San Diego, but this is a poor approach
to an otherwise good idea
July 6, 2008
Help keep California State Parks open.
Treehuggers International's recent conversation with author, retired California State Parks ranger, and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park paleontology expert Paul Remeika is now in the Show Archive. Currently working on a revised edition of his landmark book Geology of Anza-Borrego: Edge of Creation, Paul Remeika provides a fascinating look into the layers of fossils, rock, and time captured in the Salton Trough and on natural display at the "outdoor museum" of Anza-Borrego, and discusses the myriad of fault blocks and tectonic forces which make Anza-Borrego one of the most seismically active areas in North America. Now available at the Show Archive page.
Treehuggers International friend Rick Halsey landed some prime real estate in the November 26th, 2008 edition of the Los Angeles Times to talk about the California Chaparral Institute and his work preserving and protecting California chaparral. Read the article HERE, and scroll down to the Show Archive to hear Rick's most recent appearance on Treehuggers International discussing the San Diego Regional Fire Safety Forum, holistic approaches to land management and fire prevention, his experience as a Type II wildland firefighter, concerns over the prescribed burning of backcountry chaparral, fuel management issues, and Rick's visit to the Tassajara Zen Center in Big Sur. Review the lessons of the October 2007 Firestorms with a chaparral expert and fire professional at the Show Archive page.
Listener Christina a.k.a. Treehugger Girl in San Francisco.