California's Animal Invaders

Native species struggle for access to now-scarce resources

Wal-Mart versus the river Mega-mart seeks to build in potential wetland

After losing the battle to build a store in Inglewood, Wal-Mart is now focused on Rosemead in the San Gabriel Valley.

The mega-store retailer has selected a site at the corner of Walnut Grove Avenue and Rush Street next to Whittier Narrows Regional Park. This 24-acre property, one corner of which contains Alhambra Wash, is one of the last empty parcels in an area consisting largely of homes, schools, and office buildings.

The Green Gardener: Are you asking too much of your soil?

Too often we ask much from our soil and give nothing in return. Additionally, we often use chemical pesticides and fertilizers that ultimately impair the health of the soil and the plants that are dependent on it. And we wonder why our plants are not thriving.

Tahiti, beyond the legend

Tahiti and the South Pacific.

Mention that to a friend and their mind might be filled with images of turquoise lagoons and swaying palms above a white coral beach. But Tahiti and the islands of Polynesia are much more than that.

Picturesque beach at Bora Bora in French Poylnesia.
Photo by Steve Feld

Not even footprints

Reprinted from the Yodler.

It has been customary for people to assume that when we are not directly interfering with wildlife, we are not harming them. Besides being a convenient rationalization, this assumption is understandable: We assume that others, even members of other species, are like us. We don't feel very threatened by the presence of other species; we are, after all, the top predator. We also live surrounded by plenty; most of us can't imagine what it is like to go hungry for even one day.

WTC leader replaces Chapter coordinator after nine-year run

After nearly 10 years of service to the Angeles Chapter, office coordinator Linda Hoyer has moved on. She has been replaced by longtime Chapter leader George Denny.

Linda Hoyer

Hoyer, a member since 1983, plans to volunteer her time to the Club and also to get out and hike, something her demanding job has not allowed much time for.

Costa Rica trip stages an encore

It's back by popular demand-the Angeles Chapter's trip to Costa Rica. The next trip is set for Nov. 4-19.

Catalina comeback

Once-popular trip to Emerald Bay is resurrected by 20's & 30's Singles Section, Orange County Sierra Singles

Coastal Commission approves Bolsa Chica development

On April 14, the California Coastal Commission met in Santa Barbara to hear the latest application from Hearthside Homes for their Brightwater Project, proposed for the upper bench of the Bolsa Chica Mesa. By a vote of 11 to 1, the Commission approved the 349-unit project on 105 acres overlooking the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.

Tina Terrell: From urban roots grows a love of forestry

Cleveland National Forest supervisor Tina Terrell recently toured Morrell Canyon at the invitation of Chapter forest activists. Terrell, who was named to the post last summer, is California's second African-American female forest supervisor, just behind Gloria Brown, who oversees the Los Padres National Forest.


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