Climate Change Could Transform Bay Area’s Cherished Parklands

A dead blue oak tree at the Blue Oak Ranch Reserve near San Jose. (Lauren Sommer/KQED)
A dead blue oak tree at the Blue Oak Ranch Reserve near San Jose. (Lauren Sommer/KQED)

KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer has a piece today on the challenges faced by scientists and land managers as climate change begins to transform the area’s extensive network of parks and open space. One of their key tasks going forward will be preserving corridors connecting preserves and natural areas so that both fauna and flora (yes, plants) have a chance to migrate as our climate becomes hotter and drier.

Here’s Lauren’s story: Warming Climate Could Transform Bay Area Parks and Open Space

Author

Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area's transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED's comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

In addition to his 44 years of on-the-job education, Dan is a lifelong student of history and is still pursuing an undergraduate degree.

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