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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.

Fording a Troublesome Creek

September 12, 2013 by Beth Slatkin

Playwright Todd Evans Todd Evans aims for cultural and historical authenticity in his plays. His latest work, Troublesome Creek, celebrates ...

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Oakland Museum’s new science gallery opens May 31

May 21, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

On May 31, the Oakland Museum will open its overhauled science gallery, the world's largest museum exhibit focused on California’s habitats and wildlife.

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“Paint slowly and carry a small brush”

April 24, 2013 by Paul Epstein

Artist Jeff Long Internationally acclaimed painter Jeff Long, known primarily for his abstract works, has lately taken up his brush ...


Bringing life back to Mountain Lake

February 27, 2013 by Dhyana Levey

San Francisco's only remaining natural lake has experienced dramatic changes over its 2,000 year history, and is about to see another one.

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Was MLK an environmentalist?

January 20, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Martin Luther King, Jr. predated the environmental movement, but his words show he respected the natural world.


Trees snag Oakland’s first major creek daylighting project

December 20, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

A 250-foot stretch of Sausal Creek would see the light of day. But Oakland's plans to remove 84 trees, many of them coast redwoods, has raised an uproar among Dimond Park users.

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Year of the Bay sets sail

November 01, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

On November 1, the historic ship the Alma set sail from the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park on the ...

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From the Redwoods to the Sea at Purisima Open Space Preserve

September 27, 2012 by Lisa M. Krieger

For over 130 years, Lobitos Ridge has been climbed only by cattle. So when we push open a stiff gate ...


The River Through Time

July 13, 2012 by Robin Grossinger

There's a lot more to the Napa Valley than wineries and fancy food. Look closely and the landscape reveals clues to a past full of greater ecological complexity, from beaver ponds to vast freshwater marshes. New research into that history may point the way to a more biodiverse future.

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Point Reyes: Fidel’s Place

July 01, 2012 by Greg Sarris

Three days after the Indian--I'll call him Fidel--avenged the assault on his wife and slayed the young rancher who'd committed the horrible deed, the posse of vigilantes pursuing him found him, not near the small settlement of Marshall, but across Tomales Bay on a ridge; and not in a thicket of coyote bush and low-growing fir where he might've hidden, but in the middle of an open grassland.

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