Habitats: Land

From coastal prairie to salt marshes and redwood forests, the San Francisco Bay Area has an incredibly diverse landscape that makes it one of the nation’s biodiversity hotspots. Keeping it that way in the face of development has been a challenge for conservationists whose goals are seeing more and more support from an eco-minded populace.

Latest from Habitats: Land

Log It or Leave It – Post-fire Debate over Burned Trees

October 24, 2013 by Emily Moskal

As California’s fire season comes to a close, the fires that burned Yosemite and Mt. Diablo have left a landscape of burned trees, logs and soil. What to do next with that land, particularly in Yosemite, is a complicated decision, and politicians, land use managers, and ecologists have differing goals.

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Keeping Cigarette Butt Litter Out of the Bay

October 15, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

As cities and counties across the Bay tackle the problem of single-use plastic bags, cigarette butt litter continues to threaten the Bay's water quality and wildlife.

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With the Government Shut Down, What Happens to Federally Funded Research?

October 07, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

National parks are not only recreational hubs, but they also serve as centers for scientific research and environmental monitoring programs. Since the federal government shutdown, researchers have been unable to continue their work running the risk that months of consistent study could be lost in a few weeks.

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On the Trail: By Land and By Sea in the California Coastal National Monument

October 07, 2013 by Meade Fischer

The link between dry land and deep water may soon be better recognized thanks to twin efforts to link together 3,300 acres of spectacular public shoreline and to make that land part of the California Coastal National Monument, a sprawling protected area almost no one’s ever heard of.

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California’s new fracking law divides environmentalists

September 27, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

California's new fracking law is the first of its kind in the nation to regulate this method of tight oil extraction.

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Mount Diablo fire may not be all bad — in the long term

September 18, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Wildlife will rebound on Mount Diablo, but it may take longer for some struggling species.

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Could fracking the Monterey Shale lead to the next Big One?

September 17, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

The Monterey Shale runs through some of California's major fault lines. Could pounding the earth trigger the next Big One?

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Footage of Rim Fire from a boat on Tuolumne River

September 10, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

The Tuolumne River Trust released footage of the recent Rim Fire that burned through the Tuolumne River watershed. The group ...

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How the Monterey Shale came to be

September 02, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

There has been so much talk of a potential fracking boom in California. But how, exactly, did the Monterey shale formation become so valuable?

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Fracking the land of the kit fox, and its fellow desert natives

August 21, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

What's in store for the desert species who've come to rely on an undeveloped landscape now threatened by a California oil boom?

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