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BeProvided Conservation Radio


BeProvided Conservation Radio takes you from the Santa Cruz Mountains to Africa with expert interviews in wildlife biology, conservation, environmental education, eco tourism and much much more. Our interviews help bridge the gap between international conservation efforts and local conservation efforts. Learn how you can help close to home and worldwide to save our wildlife, plants, water and environment. 

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Introduction and Outro done by friend of the podcast, Dale Willman, award winning journalist! Thank you Dale for this wonderful contribution!

Aug 1, 2017

Betsy Herbert

In today's episode, Grey Hayes and Marcia Sivek speak with Dr. Betsy Herbert about her life dedication to forest conservation, specifically redwood forests around the Santa Cruz Mountain Area. Betsy also shares discoveries made about environmental issues while spending a year traveling across the world. We had a great conversation near the shore of the Pacific at Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz, CA. 

I love this paragraph below from one of Betsy's blog posts because there is an urgency right now to help protect wild nature. (

"As an environmentalist, I’ve always held to the notion held by deep ecologists that wild nature, as it evolved through the eons, needs to be preserved as the foundation for life on the planet. Wilderness areas (Earth’s least disturbed places) are a priceless storehouse of our planet’s biodiversity. We need to protect wilderness — or else humans, along with other species that we share the planet with — will perish."

Here are more resources Betsy refers to during this conversation:

Global Forest Watch Interactive Map:,forestgain?tab=analysis-tab&begin=2001-01-01&end=2016-01-01&threshold=30&dont_analyze=true

Berta Careers - Goldman Environmental Prize recipient in 2015:

The Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregional Council: - This is a great non-profit with a mission that encourages the preservation and enhancement of regional biodiversity over time through education, the dissemination of accurate scientific informal and assistance in the planning, coordination, and implementation of conservation efforts.

Read More articles by Betsy in her monthly column, Earth Matters, in the Santa Cruz Sentinel: