A job you love isn't work - it's life.

I write about science, the environment, outdoor sports, adventure and adventurers. Occasionally I take on projects with economic, social or political themes and find those topics as interesting as the rest. Feel free to read around, leave a note or send an email - preferably about a great story that's either been told or needs telling. - Clark

The Summer of Crazy

From humpbacks breaching by the Santa Cruz Wharf to an algae-slimed Del Monte Beach, Monterey Bay is a strange place these days. What’s driving the warmest-water summer on record. Published in Hilltromper Santa Cruz | 2014 by L. Clark Tate Aug. 13, 2014—Relationships are so complex. She’s hot when I thought she’d be cold. She offers up […]

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A Forester for The Trees

A day with Nadia Hamey, the forester developing a sustainable yield logging plan for Cemex Redwoods. Hilltromper Santa Cruz | 2013 Words and Photo By L. Clark Tate Oct. 11, 2013—I envisioned a hike with forester Nadia Hamey, despite knowing quite a bit about her progressive practices, to be something like a walk in the […]

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Essential Eco

Series Published by Women’s Movement | 2012-2013 By L. Clark Tate Profitable Preserves, Foraging Maps, and More Preservation for Profit. New research shows that marine conservation areas provide more than wildlife habitat, beauty, and excellent snorkeling opportunities, reports National Geographic. The scientific paper, called “A General Business Model for Marine Reserves,” found that the preserves also serve […]

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Winter Outdoor Recreation Guide 2014-15

Project for Salt Lake City Weekly | 2014 Winter Outdoor Recreation Guide 2014-15 No winter is like the last one, even beyond the snow factor: Resorts grow and change, and as jobs, families and interests shift, our recreation routines get shaken up. But there’s no reason to fear change—embrace it, with the help of our […]

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Wind on the Water

Los Gatos Magazine | Summer Guide 2015 by L. Clark Tate Tasting the good life, fast, on Chardonnay II Maybe it’s been awhile since you’ve seen the earth fall away to blue, much less ventured out on salty waters. But the ocean is just over the hill. If you think sailing around Monterey Bay is a […]

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Field Tested: Boosted Board

The Boosted Board lets you accelerate fast, skate uphill and ride up to 8 miles on a single electric charge, with almost no learning curve. Published by Hilltromper Santa Cruz by L. Clark Tate. Photos courtesy Boosted Boards Dec. 4, 2015—I was kind of a skater wanna-be growing up. A few years ago I bought […]

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Field Tested: OneWheel

‘The world’s first self-balancing electric skateboard,’ says Future Motion Inc. It’s that, plus a lot of fun. Hilltromper Santa Cruz | 2015 Words and Photo by L. Clark Tate I was definitely channeling Marty McFly. Not just because I was riding a contraption akin to the hoverboard, but because I felt like a time machine […]

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