Video presentation from the AlbanyKALB channel on YouTube:
Does the preservation and appreciation of the natural world only happen in large faraway wilderness areas, or are pockets of wildland in our backyards just as important (and possibly more so)? And what is the reciprocal value for those of us fortunate enough to have ready access to such “islands in an urban sea”?
Join biologist Barbara Ertter, one of the original members of Friends of Albany Hill, for a discussion on the ecologically unique features of Albany Hill and the site stewardship program that developed to protect them.
Barbara Ertter is Curator of Western North American Botany at the University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley. Primary research interests in- clude western floristics (including the East Bay), systematics of several members of the rose family (e.g., Potentilla, Ivesia, Rosa), and the history of western botany. Significant publications include an updated edition of The Flowering Plants and Ferns of Mount Diablo, California (2002), Annotated Checklist ofthe East Bay Flora (2013), and treatments of Potentilla, Ivesia, Horkelia, Rosa, and related genera for The Jepson Manual, Vascular Plants of California (2012) and Flora of North America (2015). She currently lives in Boise, Idaho.