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Interview With Local Grower Susan Schindler

Dec 27, 2017

Dec 27, 2017 -- In November, I took a walk in Potter Valley with local cannabis cultivator Susan Schindler. This story is loosely divided into two parts. In the first half, we visit Schindler's medical cannabis garden, which was damaged by high winds during the October firestorms. The plants then died from lack of water during the evacuation of Potter Valley. I also took the opportunity to talk with Schindler about her preparations for the next phase of legalization, and how the fire affected her decisions.

Kevin Joe / CDFW

  Red abalone across the North Coast are clinging to life on the rocky reefs.  They are starving and dying in alarming numbers. In response, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife closed the 2018 recreational abalone fishery from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the Oregon border. Environmental scientist Cynthia Catton is working with a team of scientists on solutions.  

Carleton E. Watkins, River View, Cathedral Rock, Yosemite, 1861. [J. Paul Getty Museum]

Visiting America's National Parks could get tougher in 2018 if the Trump administration's policy to increase park fees is approved.  The policy cuts into the foundation of American Conservation. Writer and historian Tyler Green explores the history of national parks and the implications of such a policy. 

Interview With Amanda Reiman

Dec 20, 2017

Dec 20, 2017 -- The emergency state regulations for cannabis are set to go into effect in January, 2018. As part of our exploration of various analyses of this subject, we're sharing two versions of an interview with Amanda Reiman, who helped draft Prop 64. The excerpted version aired on December 20, but because Reiman went into so much detail, we're including a lightly edited, longer version here on the web.  

Planting Acorns At The Frey Ranch

Dec 19, 2017

Dec. 19, 2017 -- On Sunday, about 40 volunteers gathered at the Frey Vineyard to help plant acorns in the burned area. Under the auspices of the Oak Granary in Potter Valley and the Hopland Research and Extension Center, they cleared brush and built cages for the future saplings. The acorns they  used were gathered by volunteers, deposited into an acorn bank, and kept in cold storage until planting day.