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  • March 11, 2014
    The Killing Fields
    by Wayne Spencer, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    Decades spent as a wildlife conservation biologist never prepared me for what I’m about to say:  We need to quickly legalize marijuana in this country to save wildlife and protect our natural lands.  Illegal marijuana grow sites are devastating wildlife populations, destroying forests, and poisoning ecosystems at an alarming rate on public lands across California and other western states ...
  • January 14, 2014
    The Sky People
    by Jerre Ann Stallcup, M.A. (0 Comments)
    I hate wind.  I hate the disturbing howl it makes as it whips through the rafters of the house where we live.  I can’t sleep.  How ironic it is then that I live in one of the windiest and wildest areas of California—the Tehachapi Mountains at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada--the place targeted for massive industrial-scale ...
  • December 2, 2013
    Social Learning for Forest Management
    by John Gallo, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    Speaking of Social Learning (see my last post), there is an important effort here in California that I think deserves highlighting.  On December 12, The U.S. Forest Service Region 5 (i.e., California and Hawaii) is hosting Session 11 “Still Standing - Wildland Fire and Resiliency” as part of a series of discussions called the Sierra Cascades Dialogue.  The discussions ...
  • November 25, 2013
    The Case for Simple Science
    by Ann Van Zee (0 Comments)
    As a communications specialist working amongst scientists, I often find myself scribbling down words I hear in meetings or read in publications under the title: “words to look up”. The latest entries on my list: ecotones, heterotrophs, and autotrophs. Developing a close relationship with Google has led me into all sorts of black holes of wordy and dry scientific explanations ...
  • November 5, 2013
    Social Learning
    by John Gallo, Ph.D. (0 Comments)
    As the newest CBI blogger, the team suggested I start by sharing my perspective and experiences integrating science, community involvement, and conservation planning at different scales and geographies.  This integration was our core strategy while I was at Conception Coast Project during my formative years, and I have been focused on it ever since. Fig 1.  There is often a ...
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