Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

Livestock’s impact on wilderness

Livestock grazing occurs on some 260 million acres of federal lands, including lands administered by the Forest Service (FS), Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Fish and Wildlife Service Refuges (FWS) and even some national parks (NPS) and continues in many designated wilderness areas. For perspective, this is equal to the collective acreage of the entire East Coast states from Florida to Maine with Missouri thrown in.

The $8.9 Billion California Water Bond That Has Environmentalists Divided

California voters in November will decide whether or not to approve a controversial $8.9 billion bond measure for water-related projects like groundwater storage, water treatment and restoring protected habitats.


CDFW events for October 2018

Mayor of Sacramento issues Migratory Bird proclamation

Darrell Steinberg declared 2018 as the Year of the Bird

California condors headed to Central Coast for release in the wild

A group of the Peregrine Fund’s California condors will soon be unfurling their nine-and-a-half-foot wings to soar the skies of central California, but first they have to get from the World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho.


Ecological restoration in both developed and developing countries is a primary strategy for mitigating the impacts of climate change. Native plant communities are not only key to the global ecosystem, but also crucial to environmental and human health at the residential and neighorhood scales.

Judge Overturns Denial of Endangered Species Protection for Pacific Fishers

Rare Carnivore Has Been Reduced to Two Populations in California, Oregon

This Teenage Girl Made a Plastic Bag From Shrimp

Science fair winner Angelina Arora of Australia demonstrated a biodegradable plastic made from natural material.

Monarch butterflies are missing in California

Monarch butterflies have been hit hard over the years with a one-two punch. The colorful insects feed on milkweed, but development has wiped out many of the plants and some environmental groups are calling on residents to plant milkweed in their yards in hopes of helping the insects breed.

The Salton Sea is shrinking even faster, and California still hasn’t done much to fix it

The lake’s shoreline is receding faster than ever. It’s a public health and environmental crisis in progress.