Matthew Jaffe, award-winning writer with Sunset Magazine in Los Angeles, has written about the culture and environment of Southern California and the Southwest for more than twenty years. In 1997, he was one of three national finalists for the M.F.K. Fisher Distinguished Writing Award from the James Beard Foundation for his article on Southern California's citrus tradition. He has received national awards for environmental coverage of Mexico's Sea of Cortez and the Alaskan temperate rainforest. He also wrote Oaxaca: The Spirit of Mexico, a book of travel and photo essays published in 2002.
Tom Gamache is an internationally recognized landscape-art photographer who has lived in the Santa Monica Mountains for more than thirty years. He has also worked in more than one hundred other national parks throughout the country. His "Lone Oak" at Rancho Sierra Vista Satwiwa, which was selected by the National Parks as a poster, has since become an iconic symbol of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. His work has been published by National Geographic, Sierra Club Books and Calendars and the Los Angeles Times, among many others.