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Trail Trekkers Forge a New Path in El Cerrito

July 01, 2014 by Autumn Sartain

Since 2012, the El Cerrito nonprofit ECTT has built two new trails: Motorcycle Hill Trail and another called Lower Snowdon Trail. Both of these are in the Hillside Natural Area, 85 acres of city-owned open space in El Cerrito.

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To Catch a Mouse: Chasing Mammals on Recovering Mount Diablo

July 01, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

Researchers are using hidden cameras and small mammal traps to try and answer questions about animal life following the fire.

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Mammals Caught on Hidden Camera Visiting the Diablo Burn Area

July 01, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

A team of researchers, with a grant from Save Mount Diablo, has installed hidden cameras in a variety of plots around the Mount Diablo burn area to see what sort of large wildlife shows up.

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Seeing America, Again: Re-imagined Art Project Connects Artists, Parks

June 30, 2014 by Sabine Bergmann

A new campaign crowd-sources artwork from all 50 states to revive New Deal-era posters with a new collection of art celebrating America’s national parks.

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Beavers Used to Be Almost Everywhere in California

June 19, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Beavers used to live across most of California before they were trapped out of existence. But could they be a solution to drought and climate change?

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San Francisco Group Launches Pop-Up Gardens

June 06, 2014 by Autumn Sartain

There are pop-up kitchens, pop-up retail stores ... so why not pop-up gardens? One San Francisco group is taking over vacant lots until they are developed.

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What a Great Wildflower Year Looks Like in the Spring

June 03, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

Regular visitors to Mount Diablo are calling this spring one of the best wildflower years they've ever seen. Here's what that looked like in May in the Morgan Fire burn area.

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Santa Clara Water District Cuts Reservoir Releases to Local Creeks and Ponds

June 02, 2014 by Sabine Bergmann

Santa Clara Valley Water District officials say they are facing an “unprecedented shortage” of water this year, and as the ...

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Hidden Cameras Capture Stunning Photos of Wildlife in the Santa Cruz Mountains

May 27, 2014 by Rachel Diaz-Bastin

What do mountain lions and other wildlife do when we're not looking? Georgia Stigall's hidden cameras show their remarkable world.

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A New Paradigm For Conservation: Consider the Countryside

May 27, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Conservation biologists are realizing that farmlands could play an important role in conservation.

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The Jumbo Squid Have Left California. Or Have They?

May 22, 2014 by Sean Greene

Humboldt Squid have moved into and out of California, sometimes for years at a time, for centuries. Now an El Niño approaches the Pacific Coast, and squid researchers are waiting.

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‘Slow Coast’ Will Stay Slow with Newly Protected Lands

May 21, 2014 by Elizabeth Devitt

For the first time in a century, the public will have access to two key sites along the Central Coast.

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The Last Oyster

May 20, 2014 by Sean Greene

The West Coast’s native Olympia oyster serves an important role as an ecosystem builder with its ability to filter the water. But owing to reasons that are still somewhat unclear, over the last few millennia native oysters have largely disappeared from the San Francisco Bay.

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Groundwater Depletion Could Lead to Earthquakes

May 15, 2014 by Katherine Bourzac

In a newly published paper, scientists link groundwater depletion in the Central Valley to geologic uplift and maybe even earthquakes.

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