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Earthquake Epicenter Hike, Forest of Nisene Marks

March 27, 2014 by Daniel McGlynn

If you're craving an adventure close to home, Forest of Nisene Marks State Park should be high on your list.

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Key to wildlife photography is knowing your subject

September 10, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

Sebastian Kennerknecht has eight shots in our upcoming October-December issue, more than any other photographer this time around.
Partly that’s

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Sempervirens Fund

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

Sempervirens Fund is California’s oldest land trust, originally formed in 1900 as Sempervirens Club. Using donors’ tax-deductible dollars, Sempervirens Fund has purchased and saved thousands of acres of redwood forest land in the Santa Cruz Mountains from the threat of logging and development. Newly purchased land is transferred to state and local parks agencies, thereby creating some of the most beautiful public parks in the world.

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Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregional Conference

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

A nonprofit whose purpose is to conserve native plant and animal biodiversity in the Santa Cruz Mountains Bioregion.

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Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Association

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

An outdoor trail organization that conducts hikes and builds and maintains trails in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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Read the Rocks at Castle Rock

October 13, 2010 by Rick Bacigalupi

Come along on our hike at Castle Rock State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This park is a magnet

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Marbled Murrelet, Mariner of the Old-Growth

July 01, 2010 by Kris Vann

This is a story about a little-known bird that’s no owl, eagle, or peacock. It’s not featured on a stamp or in a Disney cartoon. Most people haven’t heard of it and can’t even pronounce its name. But dig deeper into the marbled murrelet (that’s MER-let, not mure-a-LET), and you’ll find a story of scientific mystery and dedicated people working to help an increasingly scarce bird and its habitat.

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At Home off the Range

July 01, 2007 by Richard Mahler

Once home to California’s largest landowner, Mount Madonna near Gilroy showcases an impressive range of habitats, from redwood forests to open oak woodlands, serpentine barrens, and chaparral.

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A Redwood Century at Big Basin

July 01, 2002 by Delphin M. Delmas

At the dawn of the 20th century, a number of Peninsula residents—including photographer Andrew Hill and lawyer Delphin Delmas—watched in horror as loggers cut their way into groves of ancient redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Determined to preserve these Titanic offsprings of Nature for future generations, these pioneering citizens banded together to lobby for the creation of California’s first state park—Big Basin.

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Santa Cruz Mountains Trails Book

July 01, 2002 by Sara Marcellino

In recent years, the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area has become known as the hub of high

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