Opinion: A new model for conservation is needed

As a photographer, also dabbling in ecology and conservation, I spend a lot of time wondering about preservation and conservation of resources and biodiversity. Naturally, the model propagated by the United States, stands out, owing to the fact that it was the first nation to create a National Park System, and ostensibly has the largest system of conservation on the planet.

Recent events, (and I know, since everyone is tiring of the discussions, I am going to assume you have kept yourself well abreast, and so will ignore repeating here), though, have shown that democracy itself in the US is full of holes like on a loaf of bread, and therefore the US model of conservation, is imperfect, and prone to distortion through avarice and political motivations.

I felt tempted to put this down in a post, as I embark on the search for a stronger, more sound model of conservation – one that invites preservationists, recreation-ally inclined folks (hunters, if you will), photographers, parents (those who wish to see their progeny enjoy what we are still able to). The model may as well be imperfect, but should be better than what we have now.

I will try to post thoughts on this model I hope, in the future, will weather changing political hues, business goals and just plain greed to help preserve a slice of this planet and her resources for the future.

Thoughts and comments are of course, welcome!

Conservation in California died a little – Charles Lester fired despite public pleas, petitions and outcry

Tis-sa-ack Beckons!

Yesterday I posted a petition defending Dr. Charles Lester, the now fired Executive Director of the California Coastal Commission. Today, I posted a brief update, with a link to the hearing, I watched along with millions of Californians.

It is apparent that due to political reasons and/or commercial development pressure, the California Coastal Commission tried hard to fire Dr. Charles Lester who has been very good at his job for all appearances, including some of the 12 commissioners themselves.

Insolence on Display

On top of all this, I saw dozens of people make impassioned pleas for the commission to renege on its decision. All was to no avail. Ranging from what appeared to be an extremely conservative commissioner who tried to picture Fort Bragg as a “very rural community” (the place has multiple multi-hundred dollar hotels, “coastal” McDonalds, Shell Gas Stations, Round Table Pizzas, Motel 6s, 8s and what not), to a guy who seemed more comfortable in a Manhattan Island conference room with his swanky Mac, the commissioners spoke about how they, and not the man they were firing were the true protectors of California’s Coastline and some changes they offered to exactly ONE project was the apparent evidence.

Absent was, any public opposition to Dr. Lester himself.

Also, that one Macintosh toting commissioner led into one or two of the nonprofits working to defend Dr. Lester.


Today, i experienced first hand, that California may seem very environment friendly, but darker forces have a much tighter grip on the state than the voices of close to a million Californians who spoke up today. Our battle, is now long and hard, and I really hope there is a concerted effort to improve on Proposition 20, to de-fang the California Coastal Commissioners.



Quick Update: Watch California Coastal Commission Hearing


My last post asked you to sign a petition helping support Dr. Lester, the Executive Director, who may potentially become the victim of Governor Jerry Brown’s treacherous support of selfish developers.

They are predominantly being asked to support Dr. Lester and to hold their deliberations in public.

Will they?

The commission hearing
is here. Watch now!


Help Conserve the California Coast

Stretching over a 1,000 miles, at least large swathes of the California Coast have stayed protected. Of course, up North, we have a Walmart along the coast and I saw a Safeway down South. If you thought that is disgusting, political and commercial forces are moving to remove an Executive Director who has stood for the Coast, and to maintain its ruddy nature for future generations to enjoy.

Even in a State conscious of conservation such as California, those with money are always attacking (and in many cases succeeding) in completely destroying environments in places like the San Francisco Bay Area. Please stand by nature and help fight back. All you have to do, at a minimum that is, is to sign a petition, so that we don’t end up with even more Burger Joints and Warehouses on the ocean. Click on the image or the link below to sign the petition by Next Gen Climate Change:


The Link to the Petition: https://ca.nextgenclimate.org/california-coastal-commission/?utm_campaign=aw_ca_cacoastal&utm_source=fb&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=cacoastalcommission

Learning Tools: Helping Winter Birds!

I found something cool worth sharing. The Audubon Society (link below image) has some very interesting information and advice on how to help migrating Winter Birds. What I found fascinating is that, in California’s Central Valley, there is as much variety of birds in winter as in summer, all owing to migration! Happy Reading: Audobon

Link: http://www.audubon.org/news/how-welcome-winter-birds

Simple Steps – Please sign a petition to ban pesticides

The Center for Biological Diversity has a Care2.com petition asking you to sign a petition urging the ban on a class of pesticides called “anti-coagulant” pesticides, which can harm pets and other wildlife including Mountain Lions.

Here is the link: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/263/988/539/



  1. Center for Biological Diversityhttp://www.biologicaldiversity.org/