Baby tree planted in Tahoe National Forest
Trees for a Change

You're invited to a birthday party July 14 -- and the site is perfect: Armstrong Woods. The celebration recognizes a decade of work by a Santa Rosa-based company that honors and memorializes friends and loved ones with a unique and sustainable gift. Steve Mencher talked with Kim Isley, "treehugger in chief," about her brainchild.

Find out how you can give the gift of a tree at the Trees for a Change website.

Remote Old-Growth Forest Gains Protection

May 2, 2017
Sonoma County Ag and Open Space District

A forest of massive coast redwoods and the diverse wildlife they shelter are getting new and permanent protection, funded by distant urban residents who will never see the lands. 

Bordering the Mendocino County line, the Howlett Ranch contains the free-flowing headwaters to a pair of key tributaries to the Gualala River, and still sees spawning runs of coho, steelhead and rainbow trout. And, Bill Keene notes, it connects other large swaths of protected forests.

Sudden Oak Death Bio-Blitz in Napa

Jun 9, 2016

  On today’s North Bay Report, we follow a citizen science project hunting for trees infected with "Sudden Oak Death" -- a disease that has wiped out huge swaths of California oak trees in the past 20 years. Researchers say the drought knocked back the disease but they worry that our wet winter and spring could make infection rates rise. 

Courthouse Square Tree Removal Questioned

Jan 7, 2016
City of Santa Rosa

Plans for an updated and reunified Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa will mean the removal of some trees--perhaps several dozen—including some of the towering redwoods. That may be a point of contention as the project moves forward.

  Santa Rosa City Councilman Gary Wysocky says he understands the concerns being expressed by the defenders of the Courthouse Square redwoods, but feels they are a bit premature.

Introducing the Waterboxx

Mar 31, 2015
Bruce Robinson, KRCB

  A simple but carefully designed planter box allows newly planted trees to grow and flourish, using just the water naturally available in their environment.

  The Waterboxx is installed around a newly planted tree, and remains in place for a year or more, until the sapling is established. Caitlin Cornwall from the Sonoma Ecology Center explains what goes on during that time.

Drought Slows Sudden Oak Death’s Spread

Dec 28, 2014

  The pathogen that causes Sudden Oak Death needs water to spread. So the drought has become an unexpected ally in the fight against the arboreal disease.

Find more information about Sudden Oak Death, including maps of its spread, here. The infographic below summarizes the basics of the disease.

Sudden Oak Death Continues to Spread

Mar 7, 2014

  Sudden Oak Death was first identified in Marin County just about 20 years ago. Today, scientists have a better understanding of how it works, but they don’t yet have an antidote, so the devastating botanical disease continues to spread.

Find out more about Sudden Oak Death  here.