Oct-Dec 2004

 

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South Bay Challenge

October 01, 2004 by Bay Nature

The ambitious effort to restore thousands of acres of salt marsh in the South Bay has been germinating for the

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A Modest Majesty

October 01, 2004 by Chiori Santiago

Seventy-five years ago, there were only 900 acres of public parks in the East Bay. Today, the East Bay Regional Park District encompasses over 95,000 acres. From its humble beginnings in the Berkeley hills, the EBRPD has blossomed into the nation’s largest regional park district, making beaches, redwood forests, oak woodlands, tidal wetlands, and so much more, forever accessible to the people of the Bay Area.

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Ascending Franklin Ridge

October 01, 2004 by Sherida Bush

Nearly 200 years of cattle ranching on the Franklin Ridge has left its mark in human history, altered vegetation, and now, the preservation of a critical open space corridor with sweeping views of the North Bay, Delta, and interior East Bay.

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Book Review: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles

October 01, 2004 by Matthew Bettelheim

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles, by Jane Huber, Menasha Ridge Press, 2004, 260 pages, $15.95 (www.menasharidge.com).
 

Jane Huber offers

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Book Review: Introduction to California Spring Wildflowers and Introduction to Shore Wildflowers

October 01, 2004 by Sue Rosenthal

Introduction to California Spring Wildflowers of the Foothills, Valleys, and Coast, Revised Edition, by Philip A. Munz, edited by Dianne

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Book Review: Hidden Treasures of San Francisco Bay

October 01, 2004 by Kristen Van Dam

Hidden Treasures of San Francisco Bay, photographs by Dennis E. Anderson, text by Jerry George, Blue Water Pictures/Heyday Books, 2003,

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Book Review: Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore & Surrounding Area

October 01, 2004 by Tracy Held

Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore & Surrounding Area, by Jessica Lage, Wilderness Press, 2004, 250 pages,

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Book Review: Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide

October 01, 2004 by Matthew Bettelheim

Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide, by John Muir Laws, California Academy of Sciences/ Heyday Books, 2004, 64 pages, $9.95 (www.heydaybooks.com).

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Book Review: The Best in Tent Camping, Northern California

October 01, 2004 by Kristen Van Dam

The Best in Tent Camping: A Guide for Car Campers Who Hate RVs, Concrete Slabs, and Loud Portable Stereos: Northern

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Book Review: The Trees of San Francisco

October 01, 2004 by Sue Rosenthal

The Trees of San Francisco, by Mike Sullivan, Pomegranate Communications, 2004, 160 pages, $19.95 (www.pomegranate.com).
This is not a book

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Book Review: Tom Stienstra’s Bay Area Recreation

October 01, 2004 by Matthew Bettelheim

Tom Stienstra’s Bay Area Recreation, by Tom Stienstra, Foghorn Outdoors, 2004, 498 pages, $19.95 (www.foghorn.com).
 

In introducing his newest

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Book Review: Top Trails: San Francisco Bay Area

October 01, 2004 by Jessica Taekman

Top Trails: San Francisco Bay Area, by David Weintraub, Wilderness Press, 2004, 294 pages, $13.95 (www.wildernesspress.com).

Bay Area day hikers,

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California Condor Recovery and Releases at Pinnacles

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

Twenty years ago, we nearly lost the California condor. When only 22 were left in the world, an intensive and

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Daylighting Codornices Creek

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

After six years of research and intense negotiations, the Berkeley-based Waterways Restoration Institute (WRI) and Urban Creeks Council (UCC) reached

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Proposed Development of Gateway Valley

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

After a series of controversies spanning 16 years, environmentalists and developers have reached a deal to preserve the only north-south

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Listing of the California Tiger Salamander

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

With the rainy season upon us, California tiger salamanders will soon emerge from the depths of squirrel and gopher burrows

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Proposed Development of the Marina Shores Village Towers

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

In Redwood City, near the mouth of Redwood Creek, developers received City Council approval to build 17 multiuse high-rises that

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Natural World Museum Exhibit: Anima Mundi

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

In its debut exhibit, the San Francisco-based nonprofit Natural World Museum (www.naturalworldmuseum.org) presents an exploration of ancient and contemporary environmental

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Wildlife Surveys at Bayview-Hunters Point

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

In one of the most environmentally degraded places on the eastern shore of San Francisco, you would not expect to

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Letter from the Publisher

October 01, 2004 by David Loeb

As I have worked these past months on the special report in this issue on the South Bay salt pond

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Man in the Mud

October 01, 2004 by Lisa Owens-Viani

Since immigrating to the United States from Norway in the 1950s, Hallvard Haugnes spent almost every day of his life

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A Tall Order

October 01, 2004 by Glen Martin

There are many factors to consider—from endangered species and sediment deficits to flood control and budget deficits—when you restore 16,500 acres of salt ponds.

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Bay Activist: Florence LaRiviere

October 01, 2004 by Kathleen M. Wong

When Florence LaRiviere heard last year that 16,000 acres of Cargill’s salt ponds had been acquired for restoration, the longtime

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Invitation to a Restoration

October 01, 2004 by Susan Pultz Williams

Planners designing a strategy for one of the biggest wetlands recovery projects ever undertaken in this country—the South Bay salt

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Refuge Volunteer: Eileen McLaughlin

October 01, 2004 by Kathleen M. Wong

The baylands’ swampy smells and power lines are distasteful to many. But to Eileen McLaughlin, Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge

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Scientist: Howard Shellhammer

October 01, 2004 by Kathleen M. Wong

Howard Shellhammer is known as the champion of a very rare mouse. A world expert on the endangered salt marsh

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Shrimper: Tom Laine

October 01, 2004 by Kathleen M. Wong

Tom Laine knew the salt ponds long before they were making salt. “I was born here in 1937, and I’ve

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Still Hanging On

October 01, 2004 by Christine Sculati

Nearly forgotten today, the native oysters of San Francisco Bay once formed large shallow-water reefs, providing critical habitat for other creatures and a major food source for Native Americans. Now, local scientists and Bay advocates are hoping to coax the remaining populations of this small mollusk back to health.

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