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Lend a Hand for Your Local Trail

May 31, 2010 by Amos Hausman-Rogers

On Mother's Day you call your mother. On Father's Day you thank your dad for his guidance and support. On National Trails Day you...pick up a shovel?

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The San Bruno Mountain Green Force

August 11, 2009 by Nicola DeRobertis-Theye

Is it possible to find a summer job that lets you be outside, learn new skills, get educated about the area's environmental richness and gives you the occasional free sandwich? Some Bay Area teens did just that. This summer crews of local youth are working in parks all over the Bay Area, thanks to federal stimulus money.

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Volunteers Build New Trail Near Martinez

June 17, 2009 by Daniel McGlynn

Bay Nature reporter Daniel McGlynn took part in a June 2009 work weekend with Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-CAL), a ...

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Forgotten Foundation

January 01, 2008 by Gray Brechin

On a trail at Mount Tamalpais or Diablo, perfectly set stone steps make an ascent easier; farther along, a massive log bridge crosses a rugged ravine. It's common to pass by and take these structures, and those who made them, for granted. This spring marks the 75th anniversary of the inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, whose epic New Deal work projects brought us not only dams and bay fill but also enduring public trails and other park infrastructure that thousands of people use today with little knowledge of their origins and the great nationwide social experiment that built them.

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On the Beaten Path

April 01, 2006 by Bill O’Brien

Trails are the main way we access most of the Bay Area's diverse and abundant open space. Despite that, it's easy to forget that trails have to be planned and built by someone. However, for the East Bay Regional Park District, which has over 1,000 miles of trails, this is a full-time job. At places like the newly-opened Brushy Peak Regional Preserve, trail planners must balance people's desire for access with the needs of native plants and animals.

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Hit the Trail and Lend a Hand

April 01, 2006 by Matthew Bettelheim

It doesn’t take much to enjoy a well-built trail, but it takes a lot of elbow grease to actually build ...

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