The San Francisco Bay Area is bejeweled with hundreds of parks and open space preserves as well as a rich set of laws and policies meant to ensure the survival of vulnerable species and ecosystems. Real people made this happen through a dedicated call to stewardship.

wildfire smoke and sunset

Beyond the Plume of Smoke

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“While acute smoke is bad for human and environmental health, smoke in moderation can be part of human and environmental health and well-being.”

Adler Ranch lupines

Land Back

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Repatriation is much discussed and little practiced in the Bay Area. Why is it hard to return land?

whale tail

Letter from the Editor: Beyond Voting

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We recognize Bay Nature is a regional magazine. We cover the counties touching San Francisco Bay and a bit beyond into Northern California. That’s part of what makes it an unusual publication, one that reports on places and people you … Read more

feet in water

Taking the Long View for the Summer

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In May, my family and I headed to Sycamore Grove Park near Livermore for a long stroll on Mother’s Day. Something about the dry heat and native, lazy-limbed sycamore trees there feels like an earlier version of California, and it … Read more