Nate Seltenrich

Nate Seltenrich


Among all the stories I’ve written for Estuary News, what makes two stand out in my mind? Location, location, location. The first, which ran in December 2017, involved a visit to one of my favorite Bay Area wildernesses, Henry W. Coe State Park. In my 20s and 30s I made many memorable backpacking and hiking trips throughout this vast, little-known park. The opportunity years later to return to a remote corner of the park with scientists studying wildlife in pristine Coyote Creek made for a very meaningful experience—and an interesting article, Coyote’s Cache of Intermittent Riches. The second, by contrast, represented my introduction to a whole new place: San Rafael’s waterfront Canal neighborhood. Through numerous visits to the area, both by foot and kayak, and conversations with many community members, I came to know this lively, diverse, beautiful corner of Marin County that is also highly vulnerable to sea-level rise. I wrote multiple stories about the Canal district, and one on the 2017-18 Resilient by Design challenge, San Rafael: Elevating a Canal, City, Community, focuses on potential solutions.

— Nate Seltenrich

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Nate Seltenrich is a freelance science and environmental journalist who covers infrastructure, restoration, and related topics for Estuary. He also contributes to the San Francisco Chronicle, Sonoma and Marin magazines, the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, and other local and national publications, on subjects ranging from public lands and renewable energy to the human health impacts of climate change. He lives in Petaluma with his wife, two boys, and four ducks.

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