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Greg King is an award winning writer and photographer with credits including Sierra, The Sun, Smithsonian, Newsweek and Rolling Stone. King has been active in California resource protection efforts since 1985. That year he investigated and exposed illegal logging by Louisiana Pacific Corp., which led to legal action and the eventual inclusion into the California State Park system of nearly 10,000 acres of forestland in western Sonoma County. In 1987 King discovered and named Headwaters Forest, containing the largest unprotected ancient redwood groves in the world, 4,000 acres of which were permanently protected in 1997. In 1999 King founded the non-profit Smith River Project, dedicated to protecting California’s wildest river, and in 2004 he founded Siskiyou Land Conservancy, where he is currently president and executive director. King is a fifth-generation California native whose pioneer ancestors settled in Mendocino and Sonoma counties during the 1860s and owned one of the largest redwood mills in the region. The King Range Mountains, in Humboldt County, and the King Ranch and King Ridge in Sonoma County are named for his ancestors.
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(R) The measles virus pictured under a microscope. PHIL / CDC
The Pacific Island nation of Samoa declared a state of emergency this week, closed all of its schools and limited the number of public gatherings allowed after a measles outbreak has swept across the country of just 200,000 people, according to Reuters.
By Alison Cagle
Rising above the Arizona desert, the Santa Rita Mountains cradle 10,000 years of Indigenous history. The Tohono O'odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and Hopi Tribe, among numerous other tribes, have worshipped, foraged, hunted and laid their ancestors to rest in the mountains for generations.
By Bailey Hopp
If you had to choose a diamond for your engagement ring from below or above the ground, which would you pick … and why would you pick it? This is the main question consumers are facing when picking out their diamond engagement ring today. With a dramatic increase in demand for conflict-free lab-grown diamonds, the diamond industry is shifting right before our eyes.
Native Americans are disproportionately without access to clean water, according to a new report, "Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States: A National Action Plan," to be released this afternoon, which shows that more than two million Americans do not have access to access to running water, indoor plumbing or wastewater services.
By Nanticha Ocharoenchai
In the Czech Republic, horses have become the knights in shining armor. A study published in the Journal for Nature Conservation suggests that returning feral horses to grasslands in Podyjí National Park could help boost the numbers of several threatened butterfly species.