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Sunrise at Yosemite © Dennis Sheridan




Sierra Club Yodeler
ISSN 8750-5681
Published bi-monthly by the
San Francisco Bay Chapter
Sierra Club

Articles from the January - February 2010 Yodeler

"New Farm" development would trigger renewed sprawl for Contra Costa
Once again Tassajara Valley is key for preserving greenbelt

Researchers in Yosemite National Park. Photo by Joe Meyer, National Park Service
An expanded role for our national parks
The Lennar Corporation's proposed redevelopment of Hunters Point/Candlestick Point, as it is currently envisioned, would transfer existing city and state park land to developers to build mostly market-rate housing along the waterfront.

Spectacular wildflower displays, with Fairmont Butte in the background. Photo by Bruce Blackadar.
Help protect the Poppy Reserve from auto-race track
Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission staff has recommended approval of a motorsports racetrack on 320 acres 1.5 miles from the California State Poppy Reserve in the Antelope Valley.

A big Safeway, a little bit of mixed-use for El Cerrito del Norte BART area
El Cerrito City Council, sitting as the Redevelopment Agency, reluctantly authorized the development of a supermarket in the vacant Target building next to El Cerrito del Norte BART.

White-tailed Kite. Photo by Jana Sokale
Feeding the hungry Bay: where land use meets climate change
Five South and Central Bay wetland sites for resilient habitats.

A Sora. Photo by Vinnie Bacon.
Will Newark waste Bay habitat on golf and tract homes?
Newark's clinically named Areas 3 and 4 comprise 560 acres - almost a square mile - of bayshore habitat.

A flock of Black-Necked Stilts
Sea-level rising
The numbers and what they mean for the Bay

Map by Bob Newey
Fremont's Coyote Tract
In Fremont, the 92-acre Coyote Tract is an area of former salt-crystallizer ponds owned by Cargill Inc.

An American Avocet
Another plan for building on Fremont's Patterson Ranch
The Patterson Ranch/Coyote Hills Regional Park habitat complex is exceptional even among surviving baylands.

Crystallizing an ecological gem in Redwood City
Redwood City's 1,433 acres of crystallizer ponds present a unique opportunity to preserve and restore habitat diversity in the South and Central Bay ecosystem.

View from Alviso Marina looking east toward the San Jose Water Pollution Control Plant lands. Photo by Lynne Trulio
What uses for San Jose sewage-plant lands?
San Jose is developing a master plan for 2,600 acres around its water-pollution control plant in Alviso on the edge of South San Francisco Bay.

The Rancho Laguna 
development, if approved, would fill this streambed with over 20' of fill.
Moraga to decide fate of creek and ridgeline
The Moraga Town Council needs to say "no" to the Rancho Laguna development.

Cottonwood Creek 
(along Doolan Road), where the California tiger salamander breeds.
Altamont Landfill Open Space Fund purchases important open space
A fund created as an outcome of a Sierra Club lawsuit has been helping to purchase important open-space lands in the Livermore-Pleasanton area.

Montgomery Woods on fire 
in July, 2008. Photo courtesy Save the Redwoods League
Effects of wildfire in Redwood Country
Entering the redwood forest after a wildfire can be unsettling. A burnt forest can offer despair, hope, or a bit of both.


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