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How climate change may transform the Bay Area's landscape




A large blue oak tree in Mariposa County, CA.
A large blue oak tree in Mariposa County, CA.
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California has a long history of preserving its open lands.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, for example, about a quarter of the nine-county region is permanently protected from development. But what might those parks and open spaces look like decades from now, as climate change transforms the landscape?

KQED Science reporter Lauren Sommer says scientists and land managers are grappling with how to plan for a Bay Area that one day could look more like Southern California.