Aug. 1, 2022
It’s almost a year since my husband and I returned to live in Tehachapi after six years living on the southern Oregon coast. Moving such a distance is difficult and even harder when you reach a certain age. But we have more sunshine here and that’s been good for my disposition.
I’ve been busy in my writing life and in July I had a couple of opportunities to write about Sequoia National Forest, a topic that was my focus for about 10 years beginning in mid-1999.
I find public land management decisions to be very interesting. And the challenge of drought and wildfire make it even more difficult for the Forest Service and other agencies to balance competing interests.
Even if everyone agreed on how these lands should be managed, difficult choices must be made. I have watched with interest the land that was set apart as Giant Sequoia National Monument in April 2000. Many people in the communities near (or surrounded by) the monument were unhappy with that decision. More than 20 years later I am wondering if the management decisions are achieving “the proper care and management of the objects to be protected,” as called for in the presidential proclamation.
As I began researching this, I decided to organize my thoughts and relevant material with a website I have called “Giant Sequoia News” and soon will offer a weekly newsletter about giant sequoias and related matters. You can get a sneak peak HERE.
“There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.”
― Terry Pratchett, “A Hat Full of Sky”
Society of Professional Journalists
I am proud to be a freelance member of the California News Publishers Association (formerly known as the California Newspaper Publishers Association). From my days as a student looking for a job, to my time as a reporter and later as an editor and publisher, CNPA has been a great resource.
First Amendment Coalition
The First Amendment Coalition is an award-winning, nonprofit public interest organization dedicated to advancing free speech, more open and accountable government, and public participation in civic affairs. I help support this organization because it works to advance one of the most important elements of our democracy, the people’s right to know. I encourage you to check out this resource.
Think globally, act locally
Good advice if you want to make a difference: “think globally, act locally.” One of the first things I did when I moved back to my hometown was to become an investor in the Greater Tehachapi Economic Development Council. In my little corner of the world, I think this organization makes a difference. Attending the monthly meeting also helps me keep up on what’s going on in the community and gives me great ideas for articles.