national park service

5:28pm

Thu December 18, 2014
Arts & Culture

A park ranger and Buffalo Soldier

Yosemite National Park ranger Shelton Johnson in uniform as a "Buffalo Soldier"

The Buffalo Soldiers were some of our country’s first park rangers. They proudly wore their uniforms with wide brimmed ranger hats and navy blue jackets adorned with gold stripes.  Just after the Civil War, the US government formed these regiments of black soldiers to patrol and protect nationally designated park land, claimed after the Indian Wars. And their journey started right here in the Bay Area where the Buffalo Soldiers gathered in San Francisco’s Presidio before heading into the mountains of Yosemite and beyond.

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5:37pm

Thu July 31, 2014
Health, Science, Environment

Why some Bay Area dogs are tied up in controversy

Off-leash dogs and dog walkers at Muir Beach.
Tiffany Camhi

 

Just over the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, a few miles from Muir Woods, lies Muir Beach. The beautiful and peaceful waterfront is a favorite among locals, travelers and man’s best friend.

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6:13pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Politics

Closed means closed: SF's national parks shut down

Casey Miner

For a lot of people trying to go to Alcatraz today, the cancelations were just an inconvenience. Sure, they’d come from far away or were leaving town soon, but it was a beautiful day and they said they’d find something else to do. But this isn’t true for Linda Plourde.

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