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Did Jute Know? Fun Facts about a Formidable Fabric

Working on jute (Monica Stafford)

As you stand in the new parking lot at Muir Beach, you may notice the expanse of tan fabric covering the restored floodplain. What is this strange, straw-looking material? The simple answer is jute fabric—but what exactly is it? more >>


January 2014 | Leave a comment

The Future is Planted at Muir Beach

Volunteer plants on MLK Day of Service

In mid-December, Muir Beach will reopen to visitors, who will enjoy new amenities, improved access, and restored habitat. They will also see a “barren” landscape of jute fabric—under which lies a bright future for this beloved park site. more >>


December 2013 | Leave a comment

Soil Remediation and Community Conversations at the Presidio Bluffs

View from Presidio Bluffs

Have you been met by chain-link fences while wandering the trails that lead to the Golden Gate Bridge? Curious about what is happening behind the fence? Discover how the Presidio Bluffs remediation project aims to create a healthier ecosystem. more >>


November 2013 | Leave a comment

Mountain Lake’s Underwater Vegetation: Adventures with Stinky Plants

Michele in the field

You may have heard about the incredible restoration effort going on at Mountain Lake in the Presidio, but did you know that this project also entails learning about and growing mysterious (and slightly stinky) submerged aquatic plants? Plunge in for a soggy adventure. more >>


October 2013 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

Muir Beach Closed July 8-Mid December, 2013

Muir Beach

Although Muir Beach will be closed through November, visitors—and the environment—have a lot to gain. When the area reopens in late fall, there will be improved amenities and better habitat for threatened and endangered species. Read on for details. more >>



Art in the Parks: Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Figolu by Mark di Suvero (SFMOMA)

Welcome to an art gallery as big as the parks. Starting on May 22, Crissy Field—in the heart of our Golden Gate National Parks—will be a free exhibition space for eight steel sculptures by world-renowned artist Mark di Suvero. more >>



Introducing the Roving Ranger

Roving Ranger

Spring has arrived, and while the flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping, we have a new arrival of our own: the Roving Ranger. Learn more about the Golden Gate National Parks’ “mobile trailhead”—rolling to a park near you! more >>


April 2013 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

A Hawkwatcher’s View of the New Hawk Hill

Hawk in flight (Walter Kitundu)

A year ago, Monterey pines and Monterey cypresses were removed from Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands to restore endangered mission blue butterfly habitat. How did this affect the birds during fall migration? more >>


January 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

"Flying" One Ton of Rock in Muir Woods

Ranger at Muir Woods

Working only in wintertime, National Park Service crews and Trails Forever staff have been designing and building new sections of the Hillside Trail in Muir Woods since 2006. This year, it will be completed. Go behind the scenes as they “fly” one-ton of drain rock for the trail. more >>


January 2013 | Leave a comment

Public Dashboard Tracks Center’s Energy Use

Crissy Field Center Wind Turbines

If you’ve been by the Crissy Field Center recently, you’ve probably seen the wind turbines spinning with the wind. Have you ever wondered how much energy they are producing? Well, now you can find out! more >>


November 2012 | Leave a comment

 

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