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A Conservationist’s Take on the Knowland Park Controversy

November 17, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

The City of Oakland is about to make a major decision on the future of one of the Bay Area's last remaining maritime chaparral communities.


Looking for Lichens in Knowland Park

November 04, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Oakland's Knowland Park boasts unparalleled views of the San Leandro Bay, gnarled coast live oak trees and stands of rare, maritime chaparral. But within this large landscape, one of nature's smallest communities is flourishing—lichen.


California Native Plant Society – East Bay Chapter

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The East Bay Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving California's native flora and focused on Alameda and Contra Costa counties. East Bay CNPS volunteers are active in native plant conservation advocacy and restoration work in our two-county area. The chapter also offers field trips, presentations on native plant-related topics, and a year-round native plant nursery, Native Here Nursery, specializing in the plants of our two counties. Membership in CNPS is open to all, and everyone is invited to participate in the East Bay chapter's many activities.

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The Subtleties of Knowland Park

May 05, 2011 by Dan Rademacher

Knowland Park might be the City of Oakland's largest park--about 500 acres--but it's mostly known as the home of the Oakland Zoo. We visit the park with some native plant advocates who have their own fine-tuned sense of Knowland's beauty.

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Lech Naumovich Speaks Up for Plants

September 08, 2010 by Ingrid Hawkinson

Lech Naumovich, conservation analyst for the California Native Plant Society's East Bay chapter and founding director of Golden Hour Restoration Institute, says if he's not outdoors half the year, then he's not doing his job as a botanist. He says you can't have a long-distance relationship with nature.

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Gambling on Grass at Point Molate

April 01, 2010 by Aleta George

Native plant advocates charge that the studies done for the proposed casino at Richmond’s Point Molate ignore the site’s rare collection of native grasses.

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New Species Discovered on Lime Ridge

July 21, 2008 by Laura Hautala

Though surrounded by houses, Lime Ridge in Walnut Creek is rich in rare plants, including two new species discovered by an amateur botanist.

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