.Cole Hersey

Aug 15, 2023

Petrified Forest for sale in Calistoga

On Sept. 14, 1915, Ollie Bockee (pronounced “bouquet”), the new owner of over 500 acres in Calistoga, was charged with killing a dog on...
Apr 11, 2023

Painted Hills: Winter showers bring ‘super bloom’

As the onslaught of this year’s winter rains begin to subside, many botanists are saying this year could be the year of a super...
Jun 22, 2022

Clouded by Coho

Last winter’s coho run spawns hope By Cole Hershey The rains of 2021 were a soothing balm to the drying lands of California, filling reservoirs to...
Lake Sonoma - April 2022
Apr 26, 2022

North Bay Cities Implement Drought Restrictions and Plan for the Future

The ground was wet from a light rain on a recent afternoon drive through Dry Creek Valley below Lake Sonoma. Passing the endless rows...
Beaver pond - Sonoma Valley, California
Nov 16, 2021

Sonoma Valley Advocates Push for Reintroduction of Beavers

On the southwest side of the City of Sonoma, a small stream named Fryer Creek cuts through a quiet neighborhood. In late October, the creek...
Pepperwood Preserve - Sonoma County, California
May 18, 2021

Pepperwood Preserve Officials Consider Drought’s Effect on Fire Risk

“The fire season is lengthening. The soil is drying out quicker, and it is because of climate change," says Pepperwood Preserve's Michael Gillogly.
Canal neighborhood San Rafael California
Mar 16, 2021

The Coming Tide: North Bay Cities Grapple With Sea Level Rise

As the effects of climate change begin to unfold, cities in Marin and Sonoma counties are beginning to confront sea level rise.
Nov 25, 2020

Black-Backed Woodpeckers Show Importance of California Fires

Two years ago, my father and I visited my brother in South Lake Tahoe. At the time he was leading bird surveys for Point...