The Trail Companion
Theme: Parks with a Past
In an increasingly overcrowded Bay Area, privately
held open space is disappearing at an alarming pace.
Yet our region also boasts an unrivaled greenbelt
preserve, unmatched in any other major metropolitan
area and seemingly immune to the pressures of the
Silicon Valley economy. This did not come about by
chance, but much of the story behind it is invisible.
By Brian Kunde.
A companion to the Brief History. By Brian
William Brewer, a professor of agriculture, was
picked by Josiah Whitney to join the first geological
survey of the new state of California in 1860, which
was to include "a full and scientific description of
its rocks, fossils, soils, minerals, and of its
botanical and zoological productions, along with
specimens of the same." For the next four years, the
party traveled all over state and Brewer kept a
detailed journal throughout. He visited the Santa
Clara Valley and surrounding areas several times,
giving us a glimpse of our future parkland in his
From Alambique Creek to Devils Canyon to Slate
You may have heard about the sudden death of Bay
Area tanoaks and coast live oaks. This problem has
become so serious that a state of emergency may be
declared in Marin County. Deaths of tanoaks and coast
live oaks have reached epidemic proportions.
Researchers have dubbed the syndrome Sudden Oak
Death, or S.O.D. Learn what is known about this
syndrome and how to avoid spreading it to new areas.
By Bob Kelly.
Jeffrey Caldwell of the California Garden Habitat
Network reports a session dealing with Oak Mortality
Syndrome (the current preferred term for "Sudden Oak
Death"), a panel presentation and discussion: "Sudden
Oak Death -- Dealing With a Potentially Devastating
Forest Disease, and Lessons Learned from Pine Pitch
Canker". The panelists were David Rizzo, the plant
pathologist who recently identified the water mold
causing the disease, Steve Tjosvold who conducts
local field research on it, and Rick Hawley who
studied the effectiveness of control methods for the
unrelated Pine Pitch Canker disease. By Jeffrey
The California huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum) is
one of the greatest treats of autumn and if you visit
the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, you
can often find these succulent berries in abundance.
A hike in Sam McDonald and Pescadero County Parks,
recipe for old-fashioned huckleberry muffins.
By Geoffrey Skinner.
In this issue, new poems from two California poets
- encountering the mysterious.
- A Note from the Literary
Blacksmith Fork and Fox - Megan E.
Down Harkins Fire Road (El Mar de la
A sad farewell to longtime conservation activist
and author Betsy Crowder.
Castle Rock State Park trail management plan and
Waterman Gap purchase...MROSD bike
closures...Proscribed burn at Russian Ridge called
off...Stanford's Dish area reopens.
Great trail improvements and wildlife encounters
on summer projects at Portola Redwoods SP...Timely
trail work on Sanborn-Skyline County Park's Skyline
Trail...Ridge Trail surveying at Sanborn-Skyline.
Community Impact Day 2000 at Jasper Ridge
Biological Preserve...Build a Puncheon at Portola
Redwoods State Park...Tool Party, Volunteer
Appreciation and Annual Meeting.
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