Q: When did you first start to think about the environment? A: I can’t really say that there was a defining moment that I remember, like an epiphany. I can say it was something that I grew up around in … Read more
Despite their recreational and functional value, most reservoirs come at a cost. To build a reservoir, we must drown a valley. In the Bay Area, that probably entails flooding valuable wildlife habitat, such as oak woodlands, vernal pools, and riparian … Read more
California Institute for Biodiversity, 2002 Professional Edition (3 CD-ROMs, classroom guide, poster), $250 Lite Edition (1 CD-ROM, no classroom guide), $50 To learn about the vast variety of life in California, it would be best to pack up the car, … Read more
by the Rare Plant Scientific Advisory Committee; David P. Tibor, Convening Editor California Native Plant Society, 2001 388 pages, $29.95 According to the California Native Plant Society (CNPS), approximately 6,300 native flowering plants, ferns and allies, and gymnosperms grace California, … Read more
by Gretchen C. Daily and Katherine Ellison Island Press, 2002 260 pages, $25 Hell hath no fury like a pent-up river. Or at least that’s what residents in the city of Napa learned after living for so many years on … Read more
As you have probably heard, 16,500 acres of salt ponds in southern San Francisco Bay will soon be purchased from Cargill Salt and handed over to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This historic purchase, funded by … Read more
Nestled in the hills southeast of Livermore, at the border between the San Joaquin Valley and the Bay Area, the old Tesla Mine townsite in Corral Hollow sustains a vibrant mix of inner south coast range plants and animals along with the traces of a rich human history. But a state proposal to create an off-road vehicle park in the hollow threatens to reopen old scars on this tranquil landscape.
Over 100 years ago, poet Joaquin Miller found a refuge in the Oakland hills. Today, thousands of residents from the cities below are doing likewise in the park that bears his name.
The air over Cullinan Ranch is cool and moist. Only the faintest gray line marks the location, south across San Pablo Bay, of the East Bay hills. The wetlands here, just north of Route 37, bear imprints of human use. … Read more