extensive research on the animals, flora, and wildfire risk 

With the metropolitan East Bay's wide space comes fear in  

addition to relief due to the drought, heat waves, high fire danger, drains on the 

electricity grid, and the general escalation of climate change 

Fear all of the aforementioned. It's a relief to have so many natural 

areas close by where you can go hiking, biking, running, birdwatching, picnics, 

just to get away from the noise of the city. Berkeley, Oakland, and surrounding East Bay 

communities are surrounded by more than 200,000 acres of undeveloped land, largely to the east, 

from the Carquinez Strait to the South Bay. This includes 60,000 acres 

A fungus epidemic puts the tricolored bat in danger of going extinct