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What a City Can Do for Nature


In the early 1990s, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service reviewed the status of a rare coastal sand dune plant called the San Francisco lessingia, which grows only in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties. The background the service … Read more

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Point Reyes: Planning or Performance


The ongoing controversy regarding the future management of Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) encompasses the environment, historical preservation, the public will, and more. The National Park Service (NPS) was sued by three environmental groups in February of 2016, and in … Read more