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Soil-Friendly Practices

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Organic matter is the most important part of the soil because it is fodder for the many organisms that keep soil alive and elastic. And because it is consumed by these organisms, soil organic matter needs to be replenished. The … Read more

Soil Matters

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We tend to take the ground beneath our feet for granted, but soil is a defining feature of the landscape around us, in the garden and on the trail.

Ascending Franklin Ridge

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Nearly 200 years of cattle ranching on the Franklin Ridge has left its mark in human history, altered vegetation, and now, the preservation of a critical open space corridor with sweeping views of the North Bay, Delta, and interior East Bay.

Book Review: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles, by Jane Huber, Menasha Ridge Press, 2004, 260 pages, $15.95 (www.menasharidge.com).   Jane Huber offers a welcome guide to hikes within a 60-mile radius of the Bay Area’s bustling hub. Huber’s engaging writing neatly melds … Read more

Book Review: Top Trails: San Francisco Bay Area

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Top Trails: San Francisco Bay Area, by David Weintraub, Wilderness Press, 2004, 294 pages, $13.95 (www.wildernesspress.com). Bay Area day hikers, take note — and take a look at one of the first releases of Wilderness Press’s newest series of trail … Read more

Redwood Outings

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Redwood Regional Park, Alameda County – French Trail: From the Canyon Meadow Staging Area, set a course north along the Stream Trail toward the Skyline Gate. Verdant grassy meadows and shadowy redwood groves trade off as you make your way … Read more

MDIA Diablo Map Update

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Also recently updated is the Trail Map of Mount Diablo State Park, published by the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association (MDIA). Now in its fifth edition, this digitally produced map highlights new public land acquisitions (of several thousands of acres) and … Read more