Sierra Magazine

Public Comments: How to Make Yours Count

by Sierra Magazine | January 17, 2024
We’ve all been there. We thought we were doing our civic duty, participating in democracy by auto-filling our names and addresses on form letters sent out by our trusted NGOs, adding our voices in the public comment period on public lands, wildlife, or social justice issues. But does it ...

Who Wants More ATVs?

by Sierra Magazine | April 29, 2021
“Inyo County has old-growth forests and pristine alpine lakes nestled between granite peaks that top 14,000 feet. Home to bears and marmots, this remote California county also boasts volcanic tablelands, high-elevation desert, and the oldest trees on Earth. Many endangered and ...

Wi-Fi in the Wilderness

by Sierra Magazine | June 25, 2020
“In 2018, I went on a solo backpacking trip into the wild stone labyrinth of the Needles district in Canyonlands National Park. I had an iPhone with me, which I was using as a camera, and on a lark I decided to see if I could catch a signal. Sure enough, I could. I vowed ...

Ride Out the Coronavirus in Your Backyard, Not the Backcountry

by Sierra Magazine | March 26, 2020
“Visitors are surging to national parks as people across the country seek relief from coronavirus shelter-in-place orders. In the past week, Point Reyes National Seashore north of San Francisco experienced what park officials described as “unprecedented visitation.” Thousands of ...

Mike, We Hardly Knew Ye

by Sierra Magazine | February 15, 2020
“Easily lost amid the turmoil in the Trump administration last week was the firing of Mike Stoker, the administrator for the EPA giant Region 9. Stoker, a Republican and Trump appointee, blames clashes with EPA headquarters in Washington plus his willingness to work with Democrats— ...
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