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Sarah Sweedler writes about natural and cultural history. She can be reached at www.sweedster.com.

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Around the Bend

July 01, 2009 by Sarah Sweedler

Put your boat or raft in the river above Healdsburg and follow a wild, green thread flowing through an altered landscape.

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The Saved and the Dammed

July 01, 2008 by Sarah Sweedler

For better and worse, the upper reach of the Pilarcitos watershed on the Peninsula was dammed to supply water to San Francisco in the 1860s. The surrounding land has been protected and kept off-limits to the public ever since, allowing rare species to thrive here. That includes the marbled murrelet, which nests only in old-growth conifers, such as Douglas fir. But the dam and other impacts also leave less water in the creek for oceangoing steelhead. Now, a diverse group of stakeholders has come together to chart a brighter future for the fish and the creek.

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Mount Sutro’s Untold Understory

July 01, 2007 by Sarah Sweedler

It’s almost impossible to miss Sutro Tower, the lanky broadcast antenna that looms 977 feet above the summit of one ...

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Unearthing Mountain Lake

October 01, 2006 by Sarah Sweedler

In 2001, bulldozers excavated two immense old army water tanks that long sat at the edge of Mountain Lake, a ...

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