Latest from oak woodlands
April 01, 2011 by Aleta George
When Caltrans had to make good for destroying some woodlands along a road, they wanted to plant a few trees at Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen. Preserve staff suggested a holistic restoration instead, and now high school students are pitching in.
January 01, 2011 by Rebecca Solnit
Author Rebecca Solnit celebrates the quotidian landscape of oaks and grasses of her childhood ramblings on Mount Burdell in Marin County. Has anyone, she asks, written a poem about bunchgrass? Or buckeyes? If no one has yet, someone should.
September 08, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn
Rossmoor, a sprawling gated community on the outskirts of Walnut Creek, recently found itself entangled in an ecological controversy that spilled well beyond its manicured lawns and well-tended condos. At the heart of the issue are acorn woodpeckers that decided to turn some homes into storage facilities for acorns — granaries. Reporter Daniel McGlynn went as far as Colorado to get the story.
July 01, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn
About one-eighth of California’s land area is covered in oak woodlands. Despite that vast acreage, it’s hard to be an oak in California. Threats to oak survival include the effects of fire management, increased pressure from booming rodent and deer populations, disease, drought, competition from exotic plants, and the largest threat of all, development…
October 01, 2006 by Frederique Lavoipierre
Since 2000, sudden oak death has spread through 14 California counties, including all nine in the Bay Area, threatening our signature oak woodlands. Though rain, wind, and fog have caused much of that spread, some of the blame likely lies with those of us who venture into the woods for business or pleasure: The disease can move on infected plants and firewood, and on the muddy shoes and bicycle tires of recreational trail users.
October 01, 2003 by David Weintraub
This former home of Italian winemakers, a ’70s commune, and a recluse named Indian Joe saw its share of history before being acquired by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Now it boasts its fair share of easily accessible geological anomalies, diverse wildlife, and spectacular views.