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About Geoffrey Coffey

Geoffrey Coffey is a freelance writer (www.geoffreycoffey.com) and rabble-rouser (www.senorcafe.com), the president of Madroño Landscape Design Studio (www.madrono.org), and a general partner of Bay Natives nursery (www.baynatives.com).

Website: http://www.madrono.org/


Whispers in the Water

April 01, 2007 by Geoffrey Coffey

By a quiet picnic area in the Presidio, water gurgles out of the hillside, spills over brick walls, and disappears underground on its way north to Crissy Field and the Bay. This is El Polin Springs, celebrated by the Ohlone and the Spanish for bringing fertility to anyone who drank of it. Ambitious plans to uncover the watershed's stream channels are peeling back interwoven layers of human and natural history to reveal a complete urban watershed.

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A Landscape Renewed by Fire

July 01, 2005 by Geoffrey Coffey

Enter the woods on Inverness Ridge and pause for a moment to listen. Natural history weaves itself into stories for ...

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Getting Burned

July 01, 2005 by Geoffrey Coffey

Fire dwells deep in the human psyche. It is among the oldest of words, the most elemental of tools, and ...

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Indian Paintbrush

April 01, 2004 by Geoffrey Coffey

It turns out that some of the Bay Area's showiest wildflowers are also parasites that draw water and nutrients from their neighbors.

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