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.

Marine Sonar Controversy

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Marine reserves would probably not protect whales and other ocean mammals from the severe acoustic trauma of submarine-detecting Low-Frequency Active (LFA) sonar—which transmits sounds of up to 215 decibels. The good news on this front is the recent decision by … Read more

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

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The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD, or “the District”) was formed by voters in 1972 to create and preserve a greenbelt in the Santa Cruz Mountains that would help provide a scenic backdrop for the rapidly growing communities of … Read more

Bay Related Organizations

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There are many local organizations working to protect, restore, explore, and educate about San Francisco Bay. Many of them welcome volunteers and new members. We found close to one hundred of these organizations in our search, but there are undoubtedly … Read more

Four Threats to a Healthy Bay

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Habitat Loss On the fringes of the Bay lie the varied wetlands that feed and shelter the Bay’s wildlife. Chinook salmon, white croaker, and northern pintails feed in the shallow water as it fluctuates with the tides. Topsmelt, Pacific staghorn … Read more

Toward A Healthy Bay

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In the 40 years since the movement to save San Francisco Bay began, we have moved from desperately fending off more bay fill projects to proactively restoring thousands of acres of shoreline wetlands. Yet how healthy is the Bay that we are saving? What are the factors that affect the health of the Bay and what are we doing about them?

More Dams Coming?

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Despite their recreational and functional value, most reservoirs come at a cost. To build a reservoir, we must drown a valley. In the Bay Area, that probably entails flooding valuable wildlife habitat, such as oak woodlands, vernal pools, and riparian … Read more

Literacy for Environmental Justice’s Living Classroom

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The urban environmental education and youth empowerment organization Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) is about to begin construction work on its Living Classroom, an eco-efficient, solar- and wind-powered community meeting space and environmental classroom in San Francisco’s Heron’s Head Park. … Read more

Interview with Marty Rosen

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Q: When did you first start to think about the environment? A: I can’t really say that there was a defining moment that I remember, like an epiphany. I can say it was something that I grew up around in … Read more

Book Review: Cal Alive! Exploring Biodiversity

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California Institute for Biodiversity, 2002 Professional Edition (3 CD-ROMs, classroom guide, poster), $250 Lite Edition (1 CD-ROM, no classroom guide), $50 To learn about the vast variety of life in California, it would be best to pack up the car, … Read more