What does an environmental attorney do to protect the environment? Plenty! Mike Sherwood shares a few stories of his legal work in Hawaii (in the U.S. Attorney's office) and from his private practice in California. In Hawaii he helped to protect Honolulu harbor from oil spills from large shipping companies and he prosecuted trespassers on remote Hawaii Islands. His diligence in protecting the ancient redwood forests paid off with the addition of important heritage forests to Redwood National Park in northern California.
John Amodio moved to the north coast of California, where the giant old growth redwood trees are found, to attend Humboldt State University. Soon he and a small band of students were inspired by Dr. Rudi Becking, a European trained ecologists, to finding a way to expand the recently created Redwood National Park, whose boundaries were a political compromise that were destroying the integrity of the Park. As part of the Emerald Creek Committee, John played a central role in elevating the issue and spent more than a year in Washington, D.C. organizing and lobbying, mentored by Representative Phil Burton, the legislative genius behind the successful Park expansion.
How does a wildlife field biologist become the Chief of the U.S. Forest Service? Jack Ward Thomas, a wildlife biologist, professor, and former Chief of the USFS talks about his love of public lands, his role in securing critical habitat for the endangered Northern spotted owl and the serious tradeoffs that were a consequence of this scientific and political decision.
An inspirational video about Andy Lipkis and how he founded TreePeople, his struggle to share the importance of trees and how his work has taught him that each of us really do make a difference in what choices we make every day. His story about the values of one oak tree and the services that it provides is not to be missed. Andy also provides insight into building healthier and more resilient cities.