Time Warp Acorn
talking about three lifetimes ago, just 200 years back. This was a land
of dark oak forests, and salt marshes full of ducks and fish, and the
villages of the native Ohlone people. The willow groves and creeks were
loud with bird songs; salamanders crawled in the moist underbrush.
We might not always notice it, but much of this still survives, and more
could come back. The salty tides still weave around the low, sandy hills
we call Oakland and Alameda. You might find one of those grand oaks in
the park near your home. The other day I saw a Blue Heron eating from a
KFC garbage can, right where the marsh used to be.
The Oakland shoreline will look completely different
100 years from now.
It is the visions of people today
that will decide that future. What
would you like to see?
San Francisco Estuary Institute
"Walk Along the Water"
© Oakland Museum of California, used with permission.
the above land fill site - Waterfront Action
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