July 2019: Trail Trekkers’ most recent hike, Trees and Climate, proved fascinating, with 20 people discussing the future of the Hillside Natural Area – and of the entire natural world – with tour leader David Ackerly.
Ackerly, who lives in El Cerrito, knows the topic well. He is the dean of UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources and a scientist who has been studying climate change and its global and local effects for years.
Among the topics he discussed was, what can and should scientists and members of the public do to ensure the health of our local forests as climate change makes it difficult or impossible for existing trees to flourish in their once comfortable neighborhood?
Watch for the next such hike, as we plan to do a similar version of this Trees and Climate hike in the fall.