304 pages, 300 colour illus, 49 maps
Counties Included: Del Norte, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sonoma, Marin.
Marvelous... Comprehensive and authoritative.--Shore & Beach
Introduction DEL NORTE COUNTY Oregon Border to Point St. George Smith River Area Crescent City Crescent City Harbor Crescent Beach to Lagoon Creek Klamath River South HUMBOLDT COUNTY Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park/Elk Meadow Redwood Creek to Big Lagoon Patrick's Point/Trinidad Little River State Beach to Arcata North Spit/Humboldt Bay Eureka South Spit/Humboldt Bay Eel River Valley South Mattole River/King Range Shelter Cove MENDOCINO COUNTY King Range/Sinkyone Wilderness State Park Westport to Seaside Creek Ten Mile River/MacKerricher State Park Fort Bragg Jug Handle State Reserve/Russian Gulch State Park Town of Mendocino Van Damme State Park to Navarro River Elk to Manchester State Beach Point Arena to Hearn Gulch Anchor Bay/Gualala SONOMA COUNTY Gualala Point Regional Park to Stewarts Point Salt Point to Ocean Cove Stillwater Cove to Russian Gulch Russian River/Willow Creek Sonoma Coast State Beach Bodega Bay MARIN COUNTY Tomales/Dillon Beach Tomales Bay/East Shore Point Reyes Station Inverness/Tomales Bay State Park Tomales Point/Point Reyes Lighthouse Limantour Beach/Olema/Bear Valley Bolinas Bolinas Lagoon/Stinson Beach Mount Tamalpais State Park/Muir Beach Marin Headlands FEATURES Caring for the Coast Redwood Forest Redwood National and State Parks Rivers and Streams Bays and Estuaries Geology of the Coast Cliffs and Bluffs Dunes Ponds and Lakes Pygmy Forest Colors of the Coast The Ocean Islands and Offshore Rocks Coastal Prairie Rocky Shore and Nearshore Waters Coastal Erosion Waves and Tides Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries San Andreas Fault Bishop Pine Forest Beaches Protecting Coastal Resources Afterword Acknowledgements Glossary Coastal Management Agencies Bibliography Index
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