California: Partnering with Native Americans for Innovative Stewardship Strategies

Clint McKay does not point at sacred things. In the rolling hills of Sonoma County, speckled with patches of trees above sprawling vineyards, he gestures with his chin toward a green mountain that rises above all else. His people call it Kanamota, he explains; the ‘Human Mountain‘. It’s one of the Wappo People’s holiest places, […]

Ethiopia: The Most Bird-Friendly Coffee in the World

In the birthplace of coffee, unique new research shows how shade-grown coffee benefits species other than tired humans.
A recent study by PhD student Evan Buechley and his professor and long-term Christensen grantee Çağan Şekercioğlu (University of Utah) shows how ecological and cultural history can determine how agriculture impacts biodiversity and ecosystem function in the forest-farm […]

Ob Umed, Bringing Hope—and Water—to the People of Tajikistan

A few weeks ago, I went to New York to see Tajik NGO Ob Umed (“Water is Hope”) awarded the United Nations Development Program’s 2014 Equator Prize for community-based sustainable development solutions. This organization is bringing traditional methods of water management back to the Pamir Mountains, one of the highest, driest, and longest-inhabited mountain ranges […]

Dr. Ken Wilson to Retire from The Christensen Fund

Dr. Ken Wilson, who has served as the Executive Director of The Christensen Fund for the past twelve years, has decided that it is time for him to retire and to make way for new leadership at the Fund.
“Completing a cycle in my life framed by roles in management, I now want to move to […]

Paisajes Saludables y Personas Saludables: Lecciones de los Rarámuri

Agosto es la temporada de lluvias en la Sierra Tarahumara y cerca de la comunidad de Norogachi, el cielo azul y las algodonadas nubes redondas se convierten rápidamente sobre nuestras cabezas en un agitado cielorraso gris. José Pedro Turuséachi, un indígena Rarámuri campesino y líder de la comunidad, nos ofrece un recorrido por los maizales […]