April 2013

Eleven young people made history Thursday morning in a farm field along the lower Tuolumne River west of Modesto.

They planted the first trees in the restoration of Dos Rios Ranch, a 1,603-acre expanse that will become wildlife habitat and natural floodplain at the confluence with the San Joaquin River.

The crew from the California Conservation Corps planted oaks, willows and other fast-growing trees in soil that grew corn and wheat last year.

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As we’ve seen again and again, people are generally happier when they have access to grass, trees, and flowers. In terms of the many other things required to have a satisfying life in urban settings, how important is living near parks and gardens?

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Stockton’s stunning urban wildlife could be divided into three groups.

There are your charmers: Otters splashing in the muddy Calaveras River. A family of foxes frolicking on the banks. That dolphin that once wandered up the Deep Water Channel.

It’s spring, and life is all around us. You don’t have to go to a state park or the beach or Yosemite.

Just open your front door, and open your eyes.

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