The Save Knowland Park Coalition

The Save Knowland Park Coalition is an association of environmentalists, neighborhood groups, and concerned citizens  throughout the Bay Area, brought together by the common effort to preserve an amazing piece of Oakland open space. The Coalition includes Friends of Knowland Park, the  California Native Plant Society (East Bay Chapter), the California Native Grasslands Association, the Sierra Club (San Francisco Bay Chapter), the Center for Biological Diversity, the California Wildlife Foundation/California Oaks, Defense of Place (project of the Resource Renewal Institute), and the California Chaparral Institute.

Friends of Knowland Park is a grassroots association of environmentalists, neighborhood groups, and concerned citizens from throughout the Bay Area, brought together by the common wish to preserve an amazing piece of open space. Knowland Park is an oasis that overlooks much of the Bay Area, with views of several bridges and cities. FOKP seeks to educate the public about the park’s existence, resources, and the threats to the park from the proposed development plans of the Oakland Zoo.

The East Bay Chapter, California Native Plant Society (CNPS) is one of 33 chapters of a statewide nonprofit organization founded 46 years ago. Our chapter area spans Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The California Native Plant Society is a statewide organization of some 10,000 members dedicated to conserving and protecting the native plant species and native plant communities of California. The Society’s mission is to increase the understanding and appreciation of California’s native plants and to preserve them in their natural habitat through scientific activities, education, and conservation.  We work hard to protect California’s native plant heritage and preserve it for future generations

The California Native Grasslands Association seeks to promote, preserve, and restore the diversity of California’s native grasses and grassland ecosystems through education, advocacy, research, and stewardship.

SFB_SierraClub_LogoSierra Club, SF Bay Chapter 
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we’ve made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.

CBD_LogoCenter For Biological Diversity

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive.

Since 1990, the California Wildlife Foundation (CWF) has worked to protect the state’s wildlife species. CWF promotes the judicious and ethical use of California’s wild resources through educational and recreational activities that encourage people to appreciate, respect and perpetuate the state’s rich diversity of plant and animal life.

California Oaks, now a project of CWF, works to inform Californians about the importance of protecting and perpetuating the state’s native oak woodlands, wildlife habitats and watersheds.

Defense of Place, a project of the Resource Renewal Institute, was founded in 1997 by Huey Johnson, founder of Trust for Public Land and former California Secretary of Resources. Defense of Place is the nation’s only organization founded solely to protect parklands, open spaces, and nature preserves whose legal charters are threatened by sale, development, and predatory changes in use. Through collaboration with citizen coalitions, Defense of Place resolutely advances principles of law that lands set aside “in perpetuity” for preservation or public use should never be sacrificed for economic or political motives. Any betrayal or manipulation of the donor’s or institution’s intent represents a loss of trust in all contracts that bind generations to a common heritage of land stewardship.

California Chaparral Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, research, and educational organization dedicated to the preservation of native shrubland habitats throughout the world and supporting the creative spirit as inspired by the natural environment.

Every dime we obtain through donations help us defray costs for publications, transportation, research and education. Without financial attachments to any formal institutions or economic interests we can afford to be the voice of the chaparral without concern over future funding.

SMW_LogoLegal Team: Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP is a law firm specializing in government, land use, natural resource and environmental law. Since 1980, the firm has provided public agencies and community groups throughout California with the highest quality legal representation, offering an array of litigation, counseling and planning services. Known for its commitment to promoting environmental and community values, SMW is at the forefront of the major land use and development issues facing California today.

Funders and Donors

The fight to protect Knowland Park has been supported over many years by numerous individuals, throughout the larger Bay Area and from afar, who understand that protecting our remaining urban wildland places such as Knowland Park must be a 21st-century priority.

Our thanks to every donor, large and small, for contributing to help protect Knowland Park.

We have also received financial support from these fine environmental organizations:

Sierra Club, SF Bay Chapter


The California Native Plant Society



The Rose Foundation’s Northern California Grassroots Fund


The Lawrence Foundation


The Schneider Foundation


The Fund for Wild Nature