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Retiring as director of our Native Plant Nurseries gives me an excuse to think about how far the nurseries have come. When I arrived in the Golden Gate National Parks in 1997, there were already habitat restoration efforts in place—but park plant ecologists were realizing that the need for planting... more >>
Did you know that there are wildflowers that grow, often totally unnoticed by humans, underwater? That’s right—there are plants that can grow, flower, and even pollinate below the water’s surface.
Many of these underwater blossoms are “living fossils,” belonging to the most ancient groups of flowering plants. Others are grassy plants... more >>
After talking to our restoration crew in the previous last episode of the “Seed to Ecosystem” podcast, our correspondent Sami Fink takes a step back in this new episode* and investigates the very beginnings of the restoration cycle—from the tiny and humble seed. Though summer is just around... more >>
In this premiere episode of the Parks Conservancy’s new podcast*, “From Seed to Ecosystem,” correspondent Sami Fink explores how we choose project sites, explains how they become “stewardship sites,” and checks on the progress of the Mountain Lake restoration work, in interviews with Eric Klein (Parks Conservancy Restoration... more >>
Even though Mother Nature was kind enough to turn the waterworks on in mid-February, California continues to be affected by a severe drought and the recent rains may not be enough to reverse the trend.
According to dendrochronology, or the dating of past (climactic) events by measuring tree ring growth, trees... more >>
Roses are red,
For those of you who do not buy into the whole sweetheart theme of Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of wonderful native plants that just might agree with you. Though their common names may not inspire... more >>
The roadwork in Rodeo Valley will soon be completed, giving rise to three miles of smooth pavement that leads right to a brand-new wetland restoration site next to Rodeo Beach. The area had always been a natural wetland (now encircled by the Old Bunker Road Trail), but years of human... more >>
Muir Beach has been going through a major phase of a National Park Service/Parks Conservancy restoration project for the past few months and will soon be open to the public once again (slated for mid-December). Soon, visitors and locals alike will have their chance to enjoy all that the beach... more >>
Though the seasonal change in the Bay Area can be subtle, the change in daylight and the slight chill in the air signify a shift in routine for most of us, and the park nurseries are no different. This time of year the nurseries staff is rounding out the growing... more >>
A little more than a year ago, I learned that we would be collecting and growing submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) at the Presidio Nursery. Honestly, up until that time, I’d never even given a second thought to those stinky “seaweed”-like plants that grow under the surface of the water. ... more >>