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. The organizations they’ve founded and developed have created a lasting framework for conservation to remain a public value.

‘Slow Coast’ May Get a National Monument

February 16, 2015 by Kaitlyn Kraybill-Voth

Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument has a certain ring to it.


Never Mind the Game; Here’s a Superb Owl in San Jose

January 30, 2015 by Laura Hautala

This is no mere Internet meme: the City of San Jose has a burrowing owl preserve, with hidden cameras, and it is spectacular.


From the Bottom Up at Mountain Lake

January 30, 2015 by Dhyana Levey

With San Francisco's Mountain Lake once again clean enough to support native species, its managers are reintroducing the basic building blocks of a healthy ecosystem.

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Learning to Love the Presidio’s Ancient Dune Ecosystem

January 28, 2015 by Katie Harrington

Ecologists hope that by reviving a rare dune ecosystem, the public will come to appreciate it as much as the forest.


What is the mystery substance that killed East Bay seabirds?

January 20, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

State investigators will begin testing a mystery substance that has killed or injured more than 200 seabirds in the San Francisco Bay.

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Preserving Agriculture, Restoring a Watershed, and Getting Help from the Locals To Do It

January 16, 2015 by Carmen Taylor

On farmland near the Pajaro River, Point Blue, The Nature Conservancy, and a busload of school kids marry an idea about landscape restoration with an idea about the way the people who live, work, and play on that land can – and should -- be part of restoring it.

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Bill Kortum Leaves Legacy in Conservation

January 05, 2015 by Alison Hawkes

Sonoma County's Bill Kortum, 87, dies leaving much of Sonoma County land preserved for posterity.

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Bayview: Eye-Opening “Functional Beauty”

January 01, 2015 by David Loeb

  I f you’re going to succeed as a species in this world, you need to get three things right: ...

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In the South Bay Salt Ponds, Better Science Through Fishing

December 10, 2014 by Alessandra Bergamin

Field work is supposed to be where ecologists get to play Indiana Jones. The reality with swing-dancing joke-cracking fish-loving UC Davis research scientist Jim Hobbs is somewhat different: wet, muddy, smelly, and mostly involving either waiting for leopard sharks or harvesting leopard shark vomit.


Pier 94: By the People, For the Birds

December 02, 2014 by Mallory Pickett

P ier 94 salt marsh is located at the end of a wide road with dirt piled high on either ...