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North Richmond Shoreline Open Space Alliance

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Mission: To protect and restore the North Richmond shoreline areas for the benefit of the community and the environment. Objectives: to conserve and restore coastal upland, wetland, and bay habitats; establish ecologically important areas as publicly owned open space; support healthy creeks and watersheds; ensure that land use planning is community-based, honors public trust responsibilities, and considers the needs of future generation; preserve artifacts and interpret historic cultural uses of the North Richmond shoreline areas.

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Book Review: Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider

October 01, 2008 by Dawn Chesbro

by Margaret Dubin and Sara-Larus Tolley, Heyday Books, 2008, 144 pages, $21.95 Less a cookbook than a cultural anthropological study, ...

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Getting Burned

July 01, 2005 by Geoffrey Coffey

Fire dwells deep in the human psyche. It is among the oldest of words, the most elemental of tools, and ...

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Grassland Heritage

April 01, 2004 by David Amme

When Spanish explorers first saw the San Francisco Bay in 1769, they found a land cloaked largely in perennial grasses. But the extirpation of the native elk herds that grazed the land, the introduction of cattle, and the incursion of European annual grasses abruptly and dramatically transformed the landscape into the familiar green hillside carpets that turn into brown thickets in summer. Today's grasslands, altered as they are, still produce some beautiful wildflowers, lots of wildlife, and if we look closely, remnants of the native bunchgrasses of yore, which can be enhanced with careful management. The parks of the East Bay hills are a good place to start looking for that mix of the grasslands of yesterday and today.

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Grazing for Change

April 01, 2004 by Cindy Spring

When two hikers complained to state park rangers recently about an area severely trampled by grazing cows, they drew on ...

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Life on Black Mountain

October 01, 2003 by David Weintraub

Q: Getting permission to live in a cabin on Black Mountain Ranch (in the hills east of Palo Alto) in ...

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