Human settlement in the San Francisco Bay Area dates back 10,000 years to early Native American settlements. Today, the region is a teeming metropolis of 7 million people that collectively challenge the health of the region's ecosystems. How it got this way is a story that prompts a deeper understanding of our place in the landscape.

Mount Diablo as seen from Newhall Park in Concord. Photo: Falcorian

Ascending the Mountain

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

American Wilderness: Back to the Future in Vallejo

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Environmental groups gathered in downtown Vallejo over the weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, to ponder the meaning of the word and to filter the concept through the lenses of California’s diverse communities.