Landscaping for the Future

My past few blog articles have focused on big picture ideas that I hope will lead us to a sustainable future. Today I want to hone in on a specific project that I believe is an important step in guiding us towards those changes, our California Native Plant Landscaper...

Metamorphosis

In recent weeks, metamorphosis has been on my mind. Just outside my office, a stand of narrow leaf milkweed is currently hosting all phases of Monarch butterflies: the striped caterpillars slowly moving and quickly growing, the bright orange adult butterflies dancing...

Biodiversity in the Built Environment

As much as I try to remain optimistic about the state of things, there’s no denying the fact that we are facing serious environmental problems. In addition to the climate crisis, we are living through a punctuated and rapid loss of biodiversity that biologists refer...

A Hopeful New Year

2020 is over, and what a crazy year it was. When I look back to the beginning of the year, and my first days at Theodore Payne Foundation, it’s remarkable how different the world was then. I had never heard of Zoom, worn a face mask, or thought about how many feet...

Wildfire Outreach Continues

If you’ve been following TPF on social media, you may know that one of our major outreach efforts this year has been in telling the nuanced story of wildfire in Southern California. Our goal with this work is to share clear information to the general public that...