About Joan Hamilton

Joan Hamilton is a Bay Area environmental writer and editor who enjoys hiking, camping, and kayaking in California state parks. She was formerly chief editor at High Country News, Climbing, and Sierra magazines. She produces mobile audio tours for people who want to learn more about Bay Area nature.

Website: http://audioguidestotheoutdoors.com

Contributions

Mount Diablo’s Chamise, Researcher Shows, Likes It Hot

March 20, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

A Berkeley researcher is using chamise seeds collected from Mount Diablo this fall to explore the plant’s response to fire.

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Oasis on Mount Diablo: Perkins Canyon’s Trial By Fire

January 13, 2014 by Joan Hamilton

The Morgan Fire transformed more than 3,100 acres of meadow, chaparral, and woodland on Mount Diablo’s south and east sides, including Perkins Canyon. “It was a once-in-
a-generation event,” says Seth Adams — the biggest fire on the mountain since 1977.

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Fog and redwoods: Demystifying the mist

June 30, 2013 by Joan Hamilton

Fog means survival for many Bay Area plants and animals. What will happen to this life-giving airborne moisture in an era of global warming?

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The General’s mission for California state parks

December 21, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

Major General Anthony Jackson came out of retirement for one more mission: to turn around California’s state parks department. In a Bay Nature interview, Jackson explains why, “My goal, honest and truly, is not closing any parks.”

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Will park groups accept the state’s apology?

October 30, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

The California parks department is figuring out how to disperse $10 million to groups that kept their local state parks from closing this year. But some parks fans wonder how they’ll get out from the shadow of a parks department in scandal.

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In state parks uproar, Benicia keeps its cool

August 09, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

While park advocates around the state expressed shock and anger over the discovery of a secret stash of $54 million

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Lawmakers scramble to avert park closures

June 04, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

With state park closures only a month away, California lawmakers are scrambling to send long-lasting aid to the state park system and keep the gates open.

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First to the finish line: Jack London State Park

May 02, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

For the past 35 years, Valley of the Moon Natural History Association has been helping greet and educate visitors at the Jack London State Historic Park in Sonoma County.As of May 1, however, it’s taken charge of the whole park: 1,400 acres, 10,000 artifacts, and more than a dozen historic buildings.

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Rural Refuge in the Redwoods

April 19, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

For residents and businesses in the Anderson Valley, 845-acre Hendy Woods State Park has an importance far beyond its size. It’s one of few public open spaces in this mostly rural region, and now residents are doing their best to make a plan to keep the park open.

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McGrath’s Army Takes Back the Beach

April 17, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

McGrath State Beach has plenty of visitors and plenty of revenue. So how did it end up on the closure list? The park’s sewer line was broken, and the state couldn’t afford to fix it. But the local community rallied around the park, raised the money to fix the sewer, and now the park will stay open.

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