What's at stake in the Ecology of Berkeley's Strawberry Canyon?
A Pictorial Essay : Walk, Talk, Buck the Fence,
Dr. Ignacio Chapela, Associate Professor, Ph.D.
College of Natural Resources, University of California Berkeley
The Memorial Grove, a humble stretch of land, sustains more than is apparent from the sidewalk of Piedmont Avenue. The trees and the cameo ecosystem they hold together form a lynchpin corridor connecting two large masses of wildscape where foxes, mountain lions and many others find a home.
Closing this corridor would reverberate across those wildscapes from the Berkeley Hills to Pinole and Chabot, and beyond to the rest of the network of parks that make the East Bay the envy of the world. This is what makes Berkeley not Stanford, this is the identity that roots deep in our campus history and will outlast the ups and downs of each year's football season.
This pictorial essay reveals the wildscape implications of what may be lost with the possible demise of Memorial Grove: what the Oaks sustain.