The following article appeared on InsideNPS, April 11, 2007
POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE
Seashore Association Raises $5.7 Million For Wetlands Restoration
In 2000, the National Park Service acquired the Waldo Giacomini Dairy for the purpose of wetland restoration. Located in the northern district of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the land and restoration are managed by Point Reyes National Seashore. The project will restore 560 acres of coastal wetlands and more than double the vegetated inter-tidal wetland habitat within Tomales Bay. Acreage to be restored in the project represents as much as 12 percent of the outer coastal wetlands along the central California coast, excluding San Francisco Bay.
The Point Reyes National Seashore Association, a non-profit organization that provides direct and indirect support to the park, has been spearheading efforts to raise funds. In partnership with the park and the National Park Foundation, the Seashore Association has raised more than $5.7 million in non-NPS funds for implementing the proposed restoration project since 2004. The highlight of the fundraising efforts included a $2.5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.
Natural wetlands provide habitat and food for hundreds of estuarine and marine wildlife species, many of which are listed by state and federal agencies as threatened or endangered. Because of its importance to wildlife, Tomales Bay is not only part of the Central California Coastal Biosphere Reserve, but in 2002, was nominated as a Wetland of International Importance under an international treaty called the Convention on Wetlands (commonly known as the Ramsar Convention). Some of the species expected to benefit from this project include the state threatened California black rail, federally and state endangered California clapper rail and central California coast coho salmon, federally threatened central California coastal steelhead trout, federally endangered tidewater goby, and other species of concern such as the saltmarsh common yellowthroat and the southwestern river otter.
The final Giacomini Wetlands Restoration EIS/EIR will be released in late spring 2007. This project should be underway this fall and completed in 2008.
Name: Don Neubacher, Superintendent