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With an unseasonably warm and dry winter, spring appears to have come early for many Bay Area flowers. While these displays are beautiful, their early arrival may indicate significant changes in climate or long-term weather patterns. The study of phenology holds the key to unmasking the consequences that climate change... more >>
Oakwood Valley is home to the largest naturally occurring oak/bay woodland in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Unfortunately, the health of the oak and bay trees is threatened by the rapid expansion of invasive eucalyptus and acacia trees, cotoneaster, and French broom. Sudden Oak Death and wildfire due to... more >>
Jute is a natural and permeable textile fabric that is made from two varieties of plants related to hibiscus and cotton: white jute (Corchorus capsularis) and tossa jute (Corchorous oblitorius). The fabric is made from the outer stem of the plant in a process called retting, in which the unwanted... more >>
By Price Sheppy
This winter the Golden Gate National Parks will be planting over a thousand lupines, the host plant of the mission blue butterfly. As we begin this restoration work to help this endangered species, I can’t help but reflect on all that I have learned... more >>
Sambhav Jain, Edie Zhang, and Colton Juliano are three confident, enthusiastic, and hard-working young people who took on the challenge of the Summer Youth Internship—an opportunity to gain valuable professional experience while enjoying their summers in the Golden Gate National Parks.
As part of their Park Stewardship duties with the Conservancy,... more >>
“Renaissance man” is an apt sobriquet for Ron Maykel. A close neighbor of Mori Point in Pacifica, Ron not only has a dazzling array of interests befitting someone with such a moniker—he also played a key role in that park site’s rebirth.
Professionally as a planner, Ron had served on Pacifica’s... more >>
We are lucky to welcome Jaimie Baxter as the new Trails Stewardship Manager. Before arriving at the Parks Conservancy, Jaimie started her journey among the towering redwood trees of Humboldt County, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Humboldt State University. During her time at school,... more >>
We had a blast on National Trails Day, thanks to all of our amazing volunteers and generous sponsors—and beautiful weather and great service projects! We can’t thank the volunteers enough for rallying, bringing such great energy, and working hard to give some TLC to our Golden Gate National Parks.
Making... more >>
Volunteers have played a vital role in the entire cycle of nurturing our native plants—seed collecting, seed cleaning, seed sowing, composting, pot washing, transplanting and, now, outplanting across the parks at restoration sites.
Much of this activity has centered in our six park nurseries, located in Marin, San Francisco, and San... more >>
“If you want to sing out, sing out, and if you want to be free, be free, ’cause there’s a million things to be you know that there are, you know that there are, you know that there are...” A chorus of 20 voices trails off gradually, followed by enthusiastic... more >>