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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.


Friends of Knowland Park

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The Friends of Knowland Park is a group of neighborhood groups, friends, and concerned citizens from throughout the Bay Area brought together by the common desire to preserve the open space of Knowland Park. This open space, owned by the City of Oakland, is slated for development by expansion of the Oakland Zoo, which would cut off access to a large swath of a meadow and a portion of ridgeline.

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Knowland Park

July 08, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

Knowland Park is the City of Oakland’s largest park. It’s best known as the home to the Oakland Zoo, but ...

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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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Oakland Zoo Expansion Debate Continues

March 28, 2011 by Erica Reder

The Oakland Zoo sits at the edge of Interstate 580, occupying the western corner of Knowland Park. At 45 acres, the zoo makes up less than one tenth of the park's overall area. But a plan to double that ratio has been in place since 1998, when the Oakland City Council approved a proposed expansion. Now, though ground has yet to be broken on the work itself, the project has retaken center stage thanks to a controversy over recent amendments.

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