Small fragments of San Francisco’s original plant communities still survive today, the last vestiges of the unique grasslands, dunes, oak woodlands, and creeks that are the natural heritage of the City by the Bay. Through site stewardship, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Natural Areas Program continues to work with community groups and volunteers to protect and restore the biodiversity of these natural areas. Since its inception in 1997, the program has benefited from more than 10,000 volunteer hours to help care for these areas around parks and open spaces such as Lake Merced, McLaren Park, and Tank Hill. If you’re interested in joining a work party, held every Saturday at a different location, contact Suzanna Buehl at (415) 753-7268.
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On October 4, 2015, the Committee for Green Foothills honored Bay Nature co-founders David Loeb and Malcolm Margolin (publisher of Heyday Books) for their significant contributions to the Bay Area nature community.
Temescal Creek flows through concrete culverts from Lake Temescal through the flats of Oakland and Emeryville, into San Francisco Bay—out of sight and largely out of mind. Creek advocates are hoping to change that.
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The 23,000 acres around Crystal Springs are prime hiking territory in an urban region desperate for more places to get outdoors. They're also home to numerous endangered species, and critical to San Francisco's drinking water supply.
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