Cascadian Connections: Mountains, Rivers and Minds


By Bob Ferris   I just received a holiday card from a friend my wife and I met a decade ago on Santa Cruz Island across the water from Santa Barbara. We met during a weekend work party removing alien, invasive eucalyptus trees from the reserve owned by The Nature Conservancy. Nothing remarkable here.  What … Continue reading Cascadian Connections: Mountains, Rivers and Minds

Oldest Trees Are Growing Faster, Storing More Carbon as They Age


Science Daily January 15, 2014    In a finding that overturns the conventional view that large old trees are unproductive, scientists have determined that for most species, the biggest trees increase their growth rates and sequester more carbon as they age.   In a letter published today in the journal Nature, an international research group reports … Continue reading Oldest Trees Are Growing Faster, Storing More Carbon as They Age

Paranoia Strikes the Deep: Our Oceans’ Bad Acid Trip


By Bob Ferris   I grew to semi-adulthood in the 1960s deep in the shadow of The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane-energized Bay Area. How deep?  Well Santana played as a backup band at a dance at my high school during my sophomore year.  It also means that Haight-Ashbury was a real place for me … Continue reading Paranoia Strikes the Deep: Our Oceans’ Bad Acid Trip