Becoming East Porterville

East Porterville is a small community south-east of Fresno. It sits nestled against its bigger sister, Porterville, amid orange groves, alfalfa fields and a growing number of fields that go unplanted. East Porterville might have gone unnoticed, if not for… Continue Reading


Getting to Know a Familiar Face: Manzanitas of North America

Today I am joined by Michael Kauffmann co-author of the new Field Guide to the Manzanitas of California, North America and Mexico, published this year by Backcountry Press. Michael last joined me in 2012 after the publication of his first… Continue Reading


June 24 Drought Workshop Announced

The drought balancing act continues on June 24 in Sacramento when the State Water Resources Control Board will hold a workshop on maintaining water temperatures in the Sacramento River on behalf of the winter-run Chinook Salmon. Thomas Howard, Executive Director… Continue Reading

Shasta Lake Low Water Safety Restrictions

The Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Boating Safety Unit is ordering the following closures/operation restrictions on Shasta Lake in the interest of public safety.  Our primary concern is for the enjoyment and safety of those who recreate on this waterway and… Continue Reading


Waterwise: Goodbye Green Lawns – Establishing Drought-Tolerant Landscape Standards

Because of California’s drought, the days of having bright green lawns may be a thing of the past. This is an issue that we all knew was coming sooner or later. Establishing the design criteria for drought tolerance is an… Continue Reading