Plants and Fungi

From majestic 300-foot redwoods to the luscious black witch’s butter mushroom, the San Francisco Bay Area is alive with plants and fungi. Yet many of these rooted natives are threatened by the twin forces of development and invasive species, making their survival particularly critical for the food web.

Latest from Plants and Fungi

Trees snag Oakland’s first major creek daylighting project

December 20, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

A 250-foot stretch of Sausal Creek would see the light of day. But Oakland's plans to remove 84 trees, many of them coast redwoods, has raised an uproar among Dimond Park users.

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Finding my Charlie Brown perfect at San Pedro Headlands

November 27, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

The San Pedro Headlands offers up the ultimate solution in "sustainable" Christmas trees -- restoring coastal scrubland by removing Monterey pine. My tree was a little short of perfect, but one to remember. (Alison Hawkes)

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Art in the shade at the UC Botanical Garden

October 03, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

This Sunday, visit the UC Botanical Garden, see a remakable collection of installation art, and hear from artist Todd Gilens about the 100-foot-long mural he created on the side of a shade house.

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Planet Fungi

September 27, 2012 by Joe Eaton

It may be safely said that there are two kinds of people: those who notice mushrooms and those who don’t. ...


Critical habitat in SF to protect Franciscan manzanita

September 13, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added the Franciscan manzanita to the federal endangered species list and proposed ...

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Photographer Ron Wolf falls into fungi

September 05, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

Early in our work on each issue of the magazine, we send out a call for photos to more than ...

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EcoFair Marin Returns!

August 13, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

author Van Jones Mark your calendars for September 9th! EcoFair Marin is back, and even better this year, with over ...

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Tree trekker breaks records finding ‘extreme’ trees

July 20, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

Recent high-school graduate Zane Moore is sitting — or rather towering — with the masters of tall tree finders. This ...


Bay Natives

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Bay Natives Nursery, the purveyor of local Bay Area native plants, has opened a walk-in retail location at Pier 96 on San Francisco's southern waterfront. The new nursery sits at the terminus of Cargo Way and cross-street Jennings St., adjacent to Heron's Head Park on the northern edge of the India Basin Shoreline. We look forward to seeing you!

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Poison oak has a good side, too

July 12, 2012 by sdresser

It may be hard to believe, but poison oak is not the bogeyman of the forest. As a California native plant, many an animal has sought nourishment or shelter in its "leaves of three," immune to the toxic oil that plagues humans. This versatile plant, a member of the cashew family, may never get over its inherent antagonistic relationship with hikers and gardeners, it may be nevertheless worth a nod of respect.


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