Latest from trail building
August 11, 2009 by Nicola DeRobertis-Theye
Is it possible to find a summer job that lets you be outside, learn new skills, get educated about the area's environmental richness and gives you the occasional free sandwich? Some Bay Area teens did just that. This summer crews of local youth are working in parks all over the Bay Area, thanks to federal stimulus money.
January 01, 2008 by Gray Brechin
On a trail at Mount Tamalpais or Diablo, perfectly set stone steps make an ascent easier; farther along, a massive log bridge crosses a rugged ravine. It's common to pass by and take these structures, and those who made them, for granted. This spring marks the 75th anniversary of the inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose epic New Deal work projects brought us not only dams and bay fill but also enduring public trails and other park infrastructure that thousands of people use today with little knowledge of their origins and the great nationwide social experiment that built them.
April 01, 2006 by Bill O’Brien
Trails are the main way we access most of the Bay Area's diverse and abundant open space. Despite that, it's easy to forget that trails have to be planned and built by someone. However, for the East Bay Regional Park District, which has over 1,000 miles of trails, this is a full-time job. At places like the newly-opened Brushy Peak Regional Preserve, trail planners must balance people's desire for access with the needs of native plants and animals.