Environmental News

A curated set of environmental news stories brought to you by the Gottlieb Native Garden team.


Diane Shader Smith

Learn about boondocking, native plants with county parks

Master Gardener Laura Simpson explains what’s bad about invasive plants and offers some alternatives.

California Judge Revives Lawsuit Against Controversial Tejon Ranchcorp Development – Legal Fight Over Massive Los Angeles County Project Continues

In a ruling that puts the fate of a destructive development outside Los Angeles once again in question, a judge declared today that two conservation groups are prevailing parties in a successful lawsuit, continuing the legal battle over the Centennial project.

How You Can Help Save the Monarch Butterfly and Other Pollinators

This is a good year to catch a glimpse of monarch butterflies waiting out the winter in places like Pacific Grove and Pismo Beach.

Monarch butterfly conservation efforts improve. Are they enough?

Monarch butterflies are having a moment — in court, on Capitol Hill and across the countryside.

Pen in Hand: Frank and Joan Randall Preserve: a dream come true

One of the most transformational events in the recent history of Kern County land use has just been completed: the creation of The Nature Conservancy’s 72,000-acre Frank and Joan Randall Preserve in the Tehachapi Mountains.

Environmental group and Tejon Ranch agree on plan to build 19,300 zero-emission homes

One of Southern California’s longest running development battles ended after two decades Wednesday when an environmental group agreed to the construction of a massive “net-zero” greenhouse gas community of 19,300 homes just off Interstate 5 on the southern flanks of the Tehachapi Mountains.

Consider a Pollinator Garden

Now is the perfect time of year to prep your outdoor space to welcome birds, bees, and butterflies.

Farallon Islands mouse poisoning plan divides conservation community

Golden hills and colorful leaves may define autumn for much of Northern California, but on the South Farallon Islands it is the mice — tens of thousands of them.

Legal Motion Defends Rejection of Harmful Southern California Development

Calabasas Project Would Increase Wildfire Risk, Hinder Wildlife Connectivity

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes home to endangered plants

Two endangered plant species are only found in the distinctive coastal dune ecosystem of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.