Three men were charged Friday with trying to smuggle thousands of California succulents to South Korea, the U.S. Department of Justice said. The South Korean nationals pulled the live Dudleya succulents out of the ground at remote state parks in Northern California in 2018, took them to a nursery in San Diego and then transported the plants to a commercial exporter in Compton with the intention of using a fraudulently obtained certificate to ship the plants to South Korea, prosecutors […]

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NPR reports In California, fines are being levied against winemakers who violate environmental laws, but activists say they are a drop in the bucket compared to the damage. Read story at Wine Moguls Destroy Land And Pay Small Fines As Cost Of Business, Say Activists : The Salt : NPR

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MONTEREY — Ventana Wildlife Society, a nonprofit known for recovering populations of California condors and bald eagles in Central California, became a licensed ammunition vendor earlier this year to ensure its free nonlead ammunition program complies with new state laws. Ventana Wildlife Society began providing free non-lead ammunition to residents of Monterey, San Benito, San […]

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