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OPINION
March 30, 2003
Re "A Sellout, or Just Practical?" (March 14): Almost seven years ago, The Times praised the creation of the 37,000-acre Nature Reserve of Orange County, noting that "Orange County has been a spawning ground for new ways of thinking about the coexistence of development and environmental protection." Having celebrated the creation of the reserve in 1996, it is all the more disappointing that a Times reporter would all but dismiss the significance of Orange County's most impressive and comprehensive effort at habitat and species preservation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 4, 2003 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
Santa Ana is poised to begin an ambitious restoration project that will transform a portion of the park around Santiago Creek into the city's first nature reserve at a cost of $1.3 million. "We're very excited," said Patrick Mitchell, the city's park naturalist overseeing the project, which was first envisioned in 1996. That year the city adopted a master plan to refurbish the 33-acre strip of open space between the Santa Ana and Garden Grove freeways.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 30, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A wildlife preserve near Lake Isabella, northeast of Bakersfield, will be expanded by nearly half, thanks to state funds. The California Wildlife Conservation Board has agreed to spend $795,000 to add 680 acres to the Canebrake Ecological Reserve, a 1,400-acre wildlife preserve managed by the California Department of Fish and Game. The purchase from unnamed property owners is expected to be completed in January. The land is key for wildlife moving between the U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2001 | CHRISTINE HANLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trekking through Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Shalene George keeps her eyes trained on the beaten path before her, pointing out blurry treads of mountain bike tires, spotty traces of hiking boots and running sneakers, and endless patterns of dog paws. Evidence of man and man's best friend might be obvious to even the casual observer along these dusty trails. But this sleuthing biologist is also hunting for other signs of life, and it isn't long before she spots a welcome set of footprints.
NEWS
July 28, 2001 | T. CHRISTIAN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Small fishing boats anchor in clear blue waters off the sandy beach. Fishermen huddle around huge yellow nylon nets, searching for holes. Music blares from thatched-hut restaurants that line the shore. It's the end of another lazy day in Taganga, a village nestled in brown foothills along the Caribbean coast of Colombia. For those who like their tourism unvarnished, it's a paradise, a Puerto Vallarta of 50 years ago.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 2001 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
Maps of proposed protected marine zones will be available for public review Thursday. Scientists are working with the state Department of Fish and Game to establish the areas, which would create a network of bio-diverse marine reserves. The public can submit written comments during the presentation. The event will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Costa Mesa Community Center, 1845 Park Ave.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2001 | MAUREEN CLARK, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A newly formed company hopes to tap what Alaska's North Slope has in abundance--isolation, cold temperatures and natural gas--to create a huge Internet data storage center. Not quite Silicon Valley on the tundra, the proposal by Netricity LLC could create a new market for Alaska's North Slope gas and help Internet companies searching for a reliable source of power to keep their data flowing.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
California power producer Calpine Corp. on Tuesday agreed to buy 236 billion cubic feet of natural gas reserves in Texas and New Mexico for $355 million in cash and $49.5 million in assumed debt to boost reserves of the fuel it uses to generate electricity. San Jose-based Calpine agreed to purchase 35 wells that produce 6 million cubic feet of gas a day in New Mexico's San Juan Basin from closely held Bayless Cos.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2001 | MASSIE RITSCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ringed by suburbia, the Chatsworth preserve was the setting Sunday for the opening of Earth Month, the annual spring paean to the planet. Sunday was the second annual celebration--after Earth Day (April 22) was expanded into Earth Month--for the consortium of local environmentalists that manages the preserve. Members of groups dedicated to protecting geese, reptiles, birds and plants led tours around the reservoir, and the Chumash danced, sang and told stories for more than 100 visitors.
NEWS
March 11, 2001 | MARGARET WONG, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Camouflaged in reeds and sedges, environmental workers quietly gaze upon a rare sight: dozens of black-faced spoonbills napping in the morning after feeding on fish and shrimp at dawn. When the large white birds with black faces and feet wake up, they wade in shallow water or tideland, swinging their long, flat, spoon-shaped bills left and right as they look for another catch in one of the few remaining areas of Hong Kong untouched by development.
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