Links related to California presented in somewhat random fashion:
Regulation demands a different set of skills. Instead of burning records, farmers must now practice accounting. Instead of loading their crop into duffel bags and sending it out of state, they have to learn branding and marketing. Legalization brings with it the costs of taxes, permitting, compliance, and new competitors. It has also occasioned a rapid drop in price. Now Humboldt County is experiencing not only an economic crisis but also an existential one. What happens to a group of people whose anti-government ethos was sustained by an illegal plant that is now the most regulated crop in California? Forced into the open, and facing the very real possibility of economic extinction, the farmers of Humboldt are now trying to convince regulators and buyers that these outlaws who had profited off prohibition were not greedy criminals but people who stood for something: stewardship of the land, the biodiversity of a crop, resistance to corporate consolidation, and a spiritual connection to a psychoactive plant.
how legalization changed Humboldt County – New Yorker
I rode Amtrak’s Coast Starlight – Boing Boing
adventures-in-parks-mapping – @greeninfo
Using Instagram and Open Data to Put the Public in Public Lands – @greeninfo
It’s time to acknowledge the genocide of California’s Indians
Volcanic spires and Joshua trees: Obama protects 1.8 million acres in California’s desert
New Desert Bill is Fundamentally Flawed – @Amargosaconserv
Pioneer Cabin Tree
On January 8, 2016 this iconic Sierra redwood fell to the ground. The tree was estimated to be more than 1,000 years old (and still alive) when it fell. A stereography made sometime between 1850-1920 by E. & H. T. Anthony & Co. shows the tree before it was tunneled through.
Imperial Valley Desert Museum
The Imperial Valley Desert Museum is a new facility in the heart of the Yuha Desert housing Native American and historic artifacts collected from within the Imperial Valley. Opening a new museum in the twenty-first century, we do not want to be seen as an exhibit within four walls, but we want to engage and interact outside of the limitations of the “box,” our new building, both metaphorically and physically.
11 Frontage Road
P.O. Box 430
Ocotillo, CA 92259
4th Friday in September – Native American Day
Channel Islands National Park encompasses five remarkable islands (Anacapa, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, San Miguel, and Santa Barbara) and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources.
Pinnacles National Parkis a release site for the endangered California condor, and the birds can sometimes be seen from hiking trails throughout the park. Twitter: @PinnaclesNPS
How You Can Help Condors
Point Reyes National Seashore – From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches through its open grasslands to its brushy hillsides and forested ridges, visitors can discover over 1000 species of plants and animals. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, Point Reyes preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people. Point Reyes awaits your exploration.
Yosemite National Park
Hanging a ‘closed’ sign on state parks 11.2011
Nature and Conservation
Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) was the first land trust in the United States to focus on farmland preservation. Founded in 1980 by a coalition of ranchers and environmentalists to preserve farmland in Marin County, California, MALT acquires agricultural conservation easements on farmland in voluntary transactions with landowners.
Also see the band Calexico
http://www.cityofgilroy.org/cityofgilroy ‘a community with a spice for life’
Events and shows
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilroy_Garlic_Festival (last full weekend of July)
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua tree national park
Monterey is approximately 125 miles (208 km) south of San Francisco and 360 miles (600 km) north of Los Angeles.
Oakland Museum of California
San Luis Obispo
Preparing California for a Changing Climate
La Brea Tar Pits
Machine Project valorizes the passionate generalist, the curious amateur, the heartfelt tinker. “Since opening in a dishevelled storefront in Echo Park in 2003, we’ve presented more than a hundred events on wildly different subjects — everything from quantum computing, to medieval battles, to floral models of the Eagle Nebula. We try to make difficult or esoteric knowledge not only accessible, but embraceable and fun.” (See also Museum 2.0: Deliberately Unsustainable Business Models)
http://www.yourcba.com – @yourcba
The California Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica) is the state flower. April 6 is California Poppy Day.
Elsewhere on the Web
Spotlight on the Central Valley
San Gabriel Mountains National Monument
California Gold Rush
Places of Interest