“makke Mutsun” — We’re Mutsun

The Amah Mutsun Tribe in Northern California is not federally recognized and receives no assistance from either the federal or state governments. In spite of this, our Tribe is determined to find a path that will allow us to fulfill our mandate from Creator and follow the path of our ancestors.

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Tribal Chair Val Lopez helps Tribal Steward Nathan Vasquez learn the traditional ways of their ancestors/© Harry Who Photography
September 14, 2015
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‘If not us, then who?’

My physician once challenged me with a simple question: “We were out walking and you weren’t with us so we couldn’t ask you about a flower we saw. How are you and your husband going to share your knowledge after you are gone?” I turned to technology for the answer.

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Ken Crowell teaches a boy about voles/Photo courtesy of Marnie Crowell
September 11, 2015
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Pieces of a puzzle: Why art and science matter to conservation

As both an artist and a scientist people sometimes ask me, “How does art affect your views on science?” or “Does science find its way into your art?” The simple answer is that the boundary between them is porous.

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Justin Robinson
September 08, 2015
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Unplugging: One month later

One month after I unplugged my home internet connection, I think the only one who’s sad about the change is Comcast.

September 03, 2015
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In memoriam: Klara Sauer

As Labor Day approaches, we at Scenic Hudson are thinking about Klara Sauer, a true conservation leader we lost earlier this summer.

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Klara Sauer/Photo courtesy of Scenic Hudson Land Trust
September 01, 2015
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From mowing to meadows

Americans spend approximately $40 billion a year to maintain more than 32 million acres of lawn — an area roughly the size of Pennsylvania. We pour 270 billion gallons of water per week on our lawns. We apply 10 times more fertilizer, herbicides and pesticides than farmers do to their crops. Making meadows is a green alternative.

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Gwynedd Wildlife Preserve in Pennsylvania/Photo by Bill Moses
August 27, 2015
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Connecting to nature en Español

Teatown Lake Reservation in New York is all about connecting people with nature, but a language barrier keeps getting in the way. In some parts of its region, north of New York City, more than 40% of people speak Spanish as their first language.

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(L to R): Land Trust Alliance’s Ethan Winter; Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens; children and teachers from Teatown’s Head Start/Nurtured by Nature program; state assembly member Sandra Galef; high school student Eli Brand; Teatown Lake Reservation’s executive director Kevin Carter/Photo by Laura Elmore/Teatown Lake Reservation
August 19, 2015
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42 sponsors and good momentum

While the challenge of making permanent the enhanced tax benefits for donations of conservation easements can seem never ending, its land trust backers never quit. In fact, while Congress takes its summer recess, there is reason for optimism.

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Leelanau Conservancy board member John Erb presents an award to U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, a lead sponsor of the Conservation Easement Incentive Act/© DJ Glisson/Firefly Imageworks
August 18, 2015
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Unplugging: Goodbye, home Internet

There’s a Zits comic my boss simultaneously loves and loathes.

August 13, 2015
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Thirsty Colorado battling over raindrops

Deb Neeley, an office manager and urban farmer who lives in Denver, collects water in a rain barrel from a gutter off her greenhouse — illegally!

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FreeImages.com/Oshin Beveridge

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