eco restoration

Restore or Protect: Which Environmental Choice Would You Make?

Candice Gaukel Andrews by Candice Gaukel Andrews | June 10th, 2011 | 10 Comments
topic: Eco Travel, Green Living | tags: California, dams, earthquake, earthquake eco restoration, eco restoration, environment, environmental awareness, grassland restoration, Hetch Hetchy Valley, John Muir, nature, pandas, polar-bears, San Francisco, Sierra Club, Tigers, Tuolumne River, wetland restoration, Yosemite National Park

Hetch Hetchy in Yosemite

The Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park was once described by naturalist John Muir as, “A grand landscape garden, one of nature’s rarest and most precious mountain mansions.”

But in 1913, the U.S. Congress authorized the city of San Francisco to construct a dam and reservoir on the Tuolumne River in Hetch Hetchy to ensure that San Francisco would have a dependable water supply. It is said that the act broke John Muir’s heart, and some have even suggested that this great sadness hastened his death in 1914. By 1923, the dam was completed and the valley was flooded under several hundred feet of water.

Today, the Hetch Hetchy Valley, like many of America’s natural landscapes, is at the center of a restoration debate. But is trying to turn back the clock on natural areas we altered long ago the best way to spend environmental funds, especially in these cash-strapped times? Or would working to protect those wild places we still have in their original state be a better use of scant resources?

Links That Lift You: Happy Hooping, Princess of Garbage and an Aah-vacado Salad Recipe

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | March 25th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Giving Back, Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Personal Growth | tags: avocado salad, cheap, clutter, dining, Earth Hour, EarthHour.org, eating out, eco restoration, Elephant Journal, energy, exercise, Fitness, HistoricGreen.org, hula hooping, Hurricane Katrina, LearnVest, letting go, MizFitOnline, money, New-Orleans, Paddle Surfing, power, restaurants, self confidence, self-love, Stand Up Paddle, SUP, The FindMeFit blog, treehugger

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Hula Hooping and Self-Love