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Chris Clarke
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Attended SUNY at Buffalo
Lives in Joshua Tree, CA
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All this is temporary. The slick-slant concrete walls will fail to flood control in three days, or three hundred years. The mountains grow four inches in a century. We drive atop their alluvial fans, a layer of debris two miles thick a hundred wide. It…
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I planted a saguaro cactus in the front yard today, with a little help, or at least companionship, from my dog Heart. I don’t remember how long I’ve had the cactus. It’s been at least 10 years since I bought it in a fancy cactus nursery in Berkeley,…
I planted a saguaro cactus in the front yard today, with a little help, or at least companionship, from my dog Heart. I don't remember how long I've had the cactus. It's been at least 10 years sinc...
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  I hadn’t been back since they built it, since they denuded six square miles of old-growth desert, shredded ancient cacti and yuccas for a project with an expected functional lifespan shorter than my own remaining life expectancy. I hadn’t been back. I’d…
I hadn't been back since they built it, since they denuded six square miles of old-growth desert, shredded ancient cacti and yuccas for a project with an expected functional lifespan shorter...
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Drowned in an urban lake and full of toxic rat poisons, Coyote C-146 had the bad luck to live in a landscape full of California's most dangerous animal species.
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I told a writerly friend, a couple decades ago, that the only thing interesting enough to write about is doubt. She asked me if I was sure. I have been certain about so many different things over the years. Each certainty has in turn fallen away. What was…
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If LADWP and San Bernardino County are better at protecting the desert than your land management agency is, your agency really needs a time-out to think about what it did.
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Some folks may have the luxury to hold out for “the perfect.” But a lot of Americans are hurting right now and they can’t wait for that. — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 30, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Some folks may have the luxury to…
Some folks may have the luxury to hold out for “the perfect.” But a lot of Americans are hurting right now and they can’t wait for that. — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 30, 2016 Some folk...
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No American mammal was more endangered than California's island fox. And now the Feds say the fox has recovered.
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We've spent millions to restore the California condor to its former range across the Southwest... a landscape that's still full of the same threats that put the condor at risk of extinction in the first place.
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The realization came this morning. It was not the first time. I busy myself with small crisis after small crisis to stave it off most days, most years. Today it persisted through noon,  through an afternoon of rain, through a moonlit walk under…
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The armed group now occupying the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge say they want to take the land back for "The People," but they mean certain people, and you're not invited.
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Work
Occupation
Writer/Editor
Employment
  • KCET
    Editor, 2014 - present
  • KCET
    Freelance writer, 2011 - 2014
  • Desert Biodiversity
    Director, 2011 - 2011
  • Desert Protective Council
    Writer/Editor/Webguy/Photographer, 2011
  • Earth Island Institute, Verde Media, Ecology Center
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Currently
Joshua Tree, CA
Previously
Palm Springs, CA - Buffalo, NY - Pinole, CA - Berkeley, CA - Oakland, CA - Nipton, CA - Arlington, VA - Los Angeles, CA - Richmond, CA - Penn Yan, NY - Ovid, NY
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Tagline
Nature & environment writer, desert conservation advocate, occasionally notorious blogger.
Introduction
Passionate solitudinous desert lover. See Coyote Crossing at http://coyot.es/crossing for more.
Bragging rights
I was given a fancy certificate for perfect attendance in first grade. I have discovered an homeopathic cure for existential misery, but it requires a broad desert valley full of sun-warmed Artemisia tridentata. When James Watt was US Secretary of the Interior I persuaded him to use organic pest control methods in his garden. At age eight my parents handed me over to a band of Hungarian priests who ran a mysterious "school" where the pedagogy involved sitars, wine and lasers. I have smuggled Buddha statues across state lines to deliver them to fugitive members of the American Indian Movement. I firmly believe Thai sweet chili sauce is the only acceptable condiment for use on Tater Tots.
Education
  • SUNY at Buffalo
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