When European settlers arrived, the Bay Area was mostly open grassland. Builders of cities, industries, and military reserves turned much of this into an urban forest thick with non-native eucalyptus and Monterey pine. In the East Bay, this transformation was mostly the work of one remarkable man! What became of his dream, and how do we deal with his legacy today, amid dense development, drought, changing climate, and wildfire risks?
Discuss the East Bay forest’s colorful past and uncertain future with Jerry Kent, who retired as Assistant General Manager after a 41-year career with the East Bay Regional Park District. A history lover, he has collected maps and photographs and researched many aspects of East Bay nature and history.