Items by Matt Weiser

Wolf pups, and the return of wild wonder
Wolf pups, and the return of wild wonder
OR-7’s family shows us there’s still something wild about California.
The Sacramento-San Joaquin deltas of 1772 and today
The Sacramento-San Joaquin deltas of 1772 and today
Remembering explorers past of this California water source.
Sedimentation is a building problem in the West's reservoirs
Sedimentation is a building problem in the West's reservoirs
The West's reservoirs are waging a constant battle against rising levels of sediment.
Pombo's power grows — and so do the scandals
Since Richard Pombo took over the House Resources Committee in 2003, the number of scandals around him has steadily grown
Will the real Mr. Pombo please stand up?
California Republican Rep. Richard Pombo made his mark blasting the Endangered Species Act, but now, he says, he’s learning to compromise on environmental issues
A massive restoration program may have nothing left to save
Fish populations are plunging in the California Delta even as the CalFed Bay-Delta Authority considers exporting yet more water
Pets gone wild have no place in nature
The writer wants subsidized predators, also called pets, kept on a leash
Forest Service employees and activist face racketeering charges
In Fawnskin, Calif., an activist and two Forest Service employees helped stop a condo development. Now they're getting sued under a federal racketeering act.
Giant sequoias could get the ax
The Forest Service’s new management plan for California’s Giant Sequoia National Monument encourages logging
Some see economic upside in loss of farm water
Fallowing land in California's Imperial Valley may temporarily put farmworkers out of work, but in the long run the extra money could help diversify the local economy and produce more skilled and permanent jobs.
New desert town no home to the fringe-toedlizard
The planned Joshua Hills development in Southern California could hurt neighboring Joshua Tree National Park and the Coacella Valley Preserve, the only remaining home of the endangered fringe-toed lizard.
Does desert cross cross the line?
A cross placed on Mojave National Preserve by Veterans of Foreign Wars as a memorial is the center of controversy between the National Park Service and the American Civil Liberties Union, which claims it violates the separation of church and state.
The oldest living thing is a quiet survivor
Shielded in anonymity, the "King Clone," a creosote bush identified as the "oldest living thing on Earth," can be found on a dirt road south of Barstow, Calif., where it continues to keep a low profile about the many benefits of its properties.
Gold may bury tribe's path to its past
The Quechan tribe is fighting the Bush administration's revival of a controversial mine in California's southern Mojave Desert, where Glamis Gold Ltd. plans to mine gold on a site sacred to the tribe.
Bonneville trout denied protection
For the third time, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has refused to grant the Bonneville cutthroat trout a place on the endangered species list.
Cattle make way for tortoises in the Mojave
In California's Mojave Desert, local ranchers are angry at the BLM's decision to set aside land in eight grazing allotments, closing them to cattle part of the year to protect the threatened desert tortoise.