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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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Redwoods normally buck fires, except when Sudden Oak Death is around

September 24, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Researchers find that redwood forests suffering from Sudden Oak Death burn with greater intensity.

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East Bay hills tree removal debate catches fire

May 23, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

A plan for tree removal in the East Bay hills is open for public comment until June 17. We talk to a biologist, historian, gardener, land manager, and critic.

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Controlled burn at Redwood Regional Park

December 12, 2012 by Wendy Tokuda

In summer 2012, we reported on the East Bay Regional Park District’s plan for a prescribed burn at Redwood Regional ...

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Diablo Firesafe Council

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

DFSC’s role in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties is to serve as a catalyst for bringing together people, agencies and the means to substantially reduce the impact of wildland fire.

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California Chaparral Institute

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

This statewide organization conducts education, research, and advocacy about chaparral, arguably the most distinctive California landscape.

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Taming the Flames

July 10, 2012 by Wendy Tokuda

The 1991 Oakland Hills firestorm left no doubt that big fires happen in the East Bay. Now, the East Bay Regional Park District is fighting fire with fire at Redwood Regional Park, one part of a massive effort to reduce fire danger across thousands of acres in the East Bay Hills.

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Pinnacles tests out tribe’s fire tradition

December 05, 2011 by Alison Hawkes

When Europeans arrived at what is now Pinnacles National Monument, the land was not exactly a “pristine” or “untouched” vision of nature, but rather a managed ecosystem that itself had become dependent on fires set by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Scientists are studying the traditional fire practices to help the ecosystem build greater resilience to major disturbances like climate change.

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Oakland’s Claremont Canyon, 20 Years After the Fire

October 19, 2011 by Daniel McGlynn

Two decades ago, parts of Claremont Canyon burned in one of the largest wildfires the Bay Area has ever seen. Since then, neighbors have steadily worked to make themselves at home in a fire-prone landscape.

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California Indians and Their Environment: An Introduction

December 11, 2009 by Alan Kaplan

California Natural History Guide No. 96, by Kent G. Lightfoot and Otis Parrish, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2009. $19.95. ...

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