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.

Lofty Ambitions: The Ridge Trail Opens Up Sonoma Mountain

October 07, 2014 by Glen Martin

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, an ambitious project to knit together the Bay ...


Putting Nature on the Balance Sheet

September 24, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Three Bay Area counties —Santa Clara, Sonoma and Santa Cruz — have found a way to put these values of nature onto a balance sheet.

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American Wilderness: Back to the Future in Vallejo

September 10, 2014 by Jonah Raskin

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.

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The Only Plant of Its Kind, Living Life in a San Mateo Agricultural Field

September 05, 2014 by Becca Andrews

In a single agricultural field on the San Mateo County coast, the entire known world population of Ornduff's meadowfoam is thriving.


Replanting the Bay’s Underwater Meadows

August 26, 2014 by Katie Harrington

A new effort has been launched to restore 70 acres of native eelgrass in the San Francisco Bay, paid for with Cosco Busan oil spill money.


Gardening for Wild Bees? Now There’s an App for That

August 13, 2014 by Carmen Taylor

A new iPad app, Wild Bee Gardening, draws on the knowledge of native bee experts to bring native bee conservation and gardening into the digital realm.


Love a Shark? Save a Wetland

August 12, 2014 by Eric Simons

The resident sharks of the San Francisco Bay rely on healthy tidal wetlands.

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The Scientists are Amateurs, But Their Coastal Research Makes a Splash

August 07, 2014 by Sabine Bergmann

After 12 years of study, an ambitious citizen science effort has recorded population figures for 34 different types of algae and invertebrates at 70 different monitoring sites. Sixty percent of the 4,000 participants have been high schoolers. Their work, scientists say, is a legitimate contribution to marine science.

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TBC3: Wrestling Climate Change to the Ground

August 04, 2014 by Mary Ellen Hannibal

It’s not “news” to Bay Nature readers that climate change is in the process of giving a serious thwack to living systems. But what’s less well understood is how plants and animals and the habitats they inhabit are moving—and being altered—in response to changing temperature and precipitation patterns.

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Bay Area Wild: Reflections on 50 Years of Wilderness Protection

August 04, 2014 by John Hart

In a world thoroughly worked over by humankind, wilderness is our term for those places that seem the least altered, the least managed. It identifies the rawer end of a spectrum, with downtown San Francisco on one end and, say, the Wrangell Mountains on the other. But the word is elastic.

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