Peter Raven on Plants and the Planet

Eminent botanist and ‘Hero of the Planet’ wows crowd at UCSC Arboretum. Published by Hilltromper Santa Cruz | September 2014 by L. Clark Tate Listening to Dr. Peter Raven, the plant biologist, environmentalist and author whom Time magazine named a “Hero of the Planet,” I found myself laughing in the face of calamity. He seemed so nice. […]

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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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Keeley to Head Sempervirens Fund

California’s oldest conservation organization elects longtime Santa Cruz political leader Fred Keeley as board president. Published by Hilltromper | July 2014 by L. Clark Tate July 14, 2014—Don’t you just love it when one of your favorite players gets put in the game? You know your team’s capabilities, you know your guy’s stats—from there it’s […]

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The Great Park

Published by Hilltromper Santa Cruz | July 2014 by L. Clark Tate Sempervirens Fund is gearing up to pull together a park so groundbreaking it’s named simply “The Great.” The Great Park is Sempervirens Fund’s bid to achieve its ultimate goal to preserve a fully functioning redwood ecosystem in perpetuity. On a scale previously reserved […]

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The Save The Whales App

The Spotter Pro app aims to reduce whale deaths in shipping lanes through crowdsourced reports. by L. Clark Tate April 15, 2014—Surely a world full of iPhone-smartened citizens can pool our collective brainpower to protect our own environment. With all that combined power, Captain Planet is sure to pop up somewhere, right? While we may […]

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Ano Nuevo State Park

Published for Hilltromper Santa Cruz | 2014 by L. Clark Tate Charming and picturesque (almost) beyond belief, Año Nuevo State Park enjoys an embarrassment of cultural and natural riches. A quick 21 miles up Highway 1 north of Santa Cruz, the area feels remote but is steeped in human history. Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and […]

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Bringing Science Class to Life

Monterey Bay Aquarium co-founder Nancy Burnett turns her groundbreaking PBS series into a classroom tool. Hilltromper Santa Cruz |2014 By L. Clark Tate Feb. 24, 2014—Observing the schools of tots swirling through the Monterey Bay Aquarium, it’s easy to see that those wild little creatures are part of the animal kingdom. Thrilled by their marine […]

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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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Clay Kempf, Soul Birder

Published by Hilltromper Santa Cruz | September 2013 By L. Clark Tate Clay Kempf is a soul birder. It’s not about the lists for him, or about having a big year. He just loves being outside. If a bird happens to fly by while he basks in Mother Nature’s glory, so much the better. In […]

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Patagonia’s Clean Green Wetsuit

Published by Hilltromper Santa Cruz | 2014 by L. Clark Tate Aug. 6, 2013—Patagonia, the perpetual innovator, has done it again. The company that looks at playing hooky as a perk and actually encourages customers to buy fewer of their products has discovered a process that will turn a simple seed into that most essential piece of Santa Cruzan […]

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