Environmental News

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


Diane Shader Smith

Why Toronto city staff want to spend $3.2M to plant a quarter of a million native trees

More local species will make city’s canopy less vulnerable to climate change, experts say

Know which plants can harm your garden, animals

Many gardeners plant invasive ornamental plants and trees sold in nurseries or ones gifted to them from other gardeners — not realizing how they’re contributing to the problems caused by these plants.

Putah Creek volunteer events return after year-long hiatus

Putah Creek Council is excited to announce the return of community volunteer environmental stewardship events after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What’s at stake for California as climate conference begins?

Gov. Newsom and state leaders are going to an international conference to make a statement on California climate change policy. The governor has big shoes to fill compared to former Gov. Jerry Brown.

How to rebuild nature, conserve water, and create habitats for animals? Invest in native plants

Native plants are vital to the health of the local ecosystem, particularly during a time of climate change, hotter weather, and droughts. KCRW tours the Theodore Payne Foundation to learn about the power of native plants and how to grow them yourself. 

Native plants allow Californians to rebuild nature and save water, says chief of Theodore Payne Foundation

Theodore Payne Foundation, at the eastern edge of the San Fernando Valley, is a nursery that grows and sells all kinds of native Southern California plants, including hummingbird sage, lilac verbena, and deer grass.

San Diego Botanic Garden gets grants to restore canyon plant life

The Encinitas-based nonprofit San Diego Botanic Garden is getting roughly $200,000 from the California State Coastal Conservancy and $50,000 from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to remove invasive plants and replenish native plants in Ocean Knoll Canyon

Bring More Birds to Your Home with Native Plants

By adding native plants to your yard, balcony, garden, or rooftop, you can help birds in the face of climate change, urban development, and other threats.

What, why, and how of pollinators

Provide pollinators with a wide variety of native flowers that will help them over the entire course of the early spring into the fall.

Extended Tax Filers Can Support California’s Endangered Species Through Oct. 15

There’s a simple way for extended filers to have a positive impact on our native threatened and endangered species on their California Income Tax Form 540.