Have Your Say in 50 Years of Restoration

New Plan for Bay Wetlands

by on February 26, 2010

Salt ponds in the South Bay are part of a massive effort to restore tidal wetlands along San Francisco Bay.

Photo by Glenn Harper, used under Creative Commons.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will be hosting two public workshops in March to explain a 50-year plan for restoring the San Francisco and Suisun Bays.

The restoration’s main goal is to restore the Bay’s original marshes, which now cover less than 10 percent of the area they encompassed before settlement. The plan will also help habitat managers combat the threat of invasive plants and animals.

“The revitalization of our tidal marshes is a huge challenge that needs the support and efforts of many people and organizations,” said Susan Moore, field supervisor in the Sacramento Fish and Wildlife Office.  “Fortunately, there is a great awareness and affection for the San Francisco Bay that can bring many people and groups together to help recover some of our tidal marshes.”

FWS biologists will be at the workshops, one in the South Bay on March 3 and another in the North Bay on March 9, to inform participants of the plan they drafted. (See below for details.)

A public comment period will run through June 10 to encourage people to contribute their thoughts and ideas for the plan.

Full information about the plan can be found at fws.gov/sacramento..

Workshops Details

Wednesday, March 3
Fremont Community Center, 40204 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
Open house style, 4 pm to 6:30 pm

Tuesday, March 9
PRBO San Francisco Bay Center, 3820 Cypress Drive, Petaluma
Open house style, 4 pm to 6:30 pm

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