Sierra magazine stories

Just realized I forgot to post these last year! Both ran in Sierra magazine in November 2011.

"A Matter of Survival" picks up some of themes first developed by my East Bay Express feature "Oakland Invades the Desert," which one first place for Feature Story of a Serious Nature (came with a nifty plaque!) at the 2011 Greater Bay Area Journalism Awards. This 2,500-word feature was teased on the cover.

"The Christmas Tree Curse" takes a look at a killer pathogen related to Sudden Oak Death that infects and kills a few varieties of common farmed Christmas trees (in addition to hundreds of other species around the world). It's pretty scary, and readers certainly responded. While the pathogen is essentially incurable, there are ways to stop or at least impede its spread. This was a shorter front-of-the-book item.