Just Go Plant A Tree

Tree planting programmes are immensely popular public gestures of environmental responsibility. It seems like every other package I buy touts the efforts of the company to plant trees in some vague, unspecified location. Reforestation programs are all the rage as are using planted forests as carbon offsets; consume all you like, just remember to plant […]

Forests Are Getting Denser, But Is That A Good Thing?

A recent report in The Independent discussed an interesting trend in worldwide forests; forest density is actually increasing overall, according to a study conducted by researchers in Finland and the United States. This growing density directly contributes to increased carbon sequestration, an especially important issue these days as people become more aware of the high […]

Meet the Mendocino Spineflower

That’s Chorizanthe howellii to you, and Mendocino spineflower or Howell’s spineflower to its friends. Chorizanthe howellii is a rather special plant. The Chorizanthe genus, known as spineflowers, are members of the buckwheat family found in the Americas. Chorizanthe howellii is native to the dunes just north of Fort Bragg. Specifically, the surviving population appears to […]