April 14, 7-9 pm, Bay Currents talk: How the East Bay Got its Forests

The East Bay was mostly open grassland when European settlers arrived; today much of it is 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?

From 7-9 pm on Tuesday, April 14 join Jerry Kent to discuss the East Bay forest’s colorful past and uncertain future. Jerry retired as Assistant General Manager of the East Bay Regional Park District after a 41-year career. A history lover, he has collected maps and photographs and researched many aspects of East Bay nature and history.

Free Bay Currents talks, sponsored by Friends of Five Creeks, are second Tuesdays, fall-spring, at St. Albans Parish Hall, 1501 Washington (at Curtis, one block north of Solano). Refreshments 7 pm, talks 7:30. The full schedule is at www.fivecreeks.org, where you can also signup to get notices.

Susan Schwartz
Friends of 5 Creeks