Human History

Human settlement in the San Francisco Bay Area dates back 7,000 years to early Native American settlements. Today, the region is a teeming metropolis of 6 million people that collectively challenge the health of the region’s ecosystems. How it got this way — from Spanish acquisition to the Gold Rush boom and on to contemporary battles over land development — is a story that prompts a deeper understanding of our place in the landscape.

What Could You Do With 13 Acres of Brand-New Parkland In San Francisco’s Presidio?

July 20, 2015 by Melanie Hess

By sinking Doyle Drive into a tunnel, the Presidio has created an additional 13 acres of open space. Now the question is how to use it -- and the Presidio Trust wants the public to help decide.

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Ride on the Wild Side: Exploring the East Bay Parks by Mountain Bike

July 13, 2015 by Greg Fisher

Mountain biking is among the fastest-growing recreational activities in the East Bay Regional Parks. Follow along for a ride with Austin McInerny of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

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On a Now-Protected Ranch Above Tomales Bay, a Chance to ‘Give the Land What It Deserves’

July 10, 2015 by Brett Simpson

A rare agricultural biodiversity survey gives MALT a chance to explore its stunning new acquisition above Tomales Bay.

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Bayview: On the Trail, With Wheels

July 06, 2015 by David Loeb

Bay Nature's publisher wrestles with the issue of bikes in parks.

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The Ballad of Bodega Head

May 20, 2015 by Kenneth Brower

Fifty years ago, a small group of activists took on corporate America to keep nuclear power off the North Coast. The battle they fought changed their lives -- and American environmentalism.

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Rancho Corral de Tierra: A Sea to Summit Trek on the San Mateo Coast

February 02, 2015 by Victoria Schlesinger

It’s time to open up Rancho Corral de Tierra, a storied, long-private piece of the coast, for all.

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Are Humans Part of Wild Nature? Interview with M. Sanjayan

January 15, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

New documentary film series explores how humans and nature are codependent.

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Q&A With Rue Mapp: Turning to Nature for Healing

December 12, 2014 by Laki Sarah

"Right now," says founder Rue Mapp, "we need nature more than ever." A Q&A with the founder of Outdoor Afro as she prepares for nationwide "healing hikes."

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Not Doomed (Yet): A Q&A With Extinction Experts Anthony Barnosky and Elizabeth Hadly

November 24, 2014 by Eric Simons

Two biologists discuss Earth's alarming extinction rate.

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Ascending the Mountain

November 06, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

For the Mountain Institute's Ed Bernbaum. connecting people to mountains' spiritual and cultural meaning is the key to protecting them.

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