Leader: Michael Chasse
Lobos Creek Valley has been called “a blazing landmark on the map of Bay Area restoration” (Orion Afield, 2002). The watershed contains some of the best examples of dune and riparian vegetation in San Francisco. Over 20 acres of dune habitat have been restored to support rare plants such as San Francisco lessingia (Lessingia germanorum), dune gilia (Gilia capitata ssp. chamissonis) and San Francisco spineflower (Chorizanthe cuspidata var. cuspidata). Current restoration efforts are focused on the arroyo willow and coast live oak riparian zone along Lobos Creek, a habitat that supports native species such as Pacific wax myrtle (Morella californica), red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea), lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina), water parsley (Oenanthe sarmentosa), and scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine). In addition to exploring the restored dunes, this field trip will offer a behind-the-scenes look at recent work in the riparian zone, an area typically closed to the public.
Meet at the Lobos Creek Valley kiosk, located near 1750 Lincoln Blvd in the Presidio of San Francisco. This area is serviced by the Muni 29 bus. There is bike and auto parking in the lot adjacent to 1750 Lincoln Blvd. The hike will involve uneven terrain. Wear comfortable footwear and bring layers. Heavy rain cancels.
Contact Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.