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

Critical Habitat Identified for Franciscan Manzanita

December 20, 2013 by Eric Simons

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has declared 230 acres of San Francisco critical habitat for the Franciscan manzanita, the oft-discussed rare shrub famous for its dramatic rediscovery and the relocation of a sole survivor in 2009.

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Traditional and Modern Methods of Acorn Preparation

December 05, 2013 by Emily Moskal

Bay Area oaks are prolific, but acorn use has diminished within the last 200 years. With the help of modern kitchenware you can rediscover the art of acorn preparation and its rich history grounded in Native American traditions.

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Restoring Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

December 02, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge has been shaped by industry and development leaving its three endemic and endangered species clinging to their habitat. But in a recent partnership between the Port of Stockton and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, dredged sand from the San Joaquin River will be offloaded at the refuge to aid with large-scale dune restoration.

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Looking for Lichens in Knowland Park

November 04, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Oakland’s Knowland Park boasts unparalleled views of the San Leandro Bay, gnarled coast live oak trees and stands of rare, maritime chaparral. But within this large landscape, one of nature’s smallest communities is flourishing—lichen.

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Dublin Land Exchange Raises Concern Over Burrowing Owls

November 01, 2013 by Emily Moskal

The burrowing owl requires only a few basic ingredients to survive urban settings but biologists say those needs are threatened by a new land exchange.

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Imagining the Future of Regional Open Space

October 25, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

After four decades of preserving open space in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) is undertaking a vision planning process, that will guide its work for the next 15-20 years. What do you want for the future of open space?

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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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