The San Francisco Bay Area Network (SFAN) works with eight national park units located along the Pacific coast of central California.
These parks encompass a staggering diversity of ecosystems. Situated in one of the most biologically rich areas in the world, the parks include open ocean and rocky intertidal zones, brackish estuaries and wetlands, and freshwater streams and ponds. On land, habitats include everything from sandy beaches and dunes to grasslands, scrub, and forests, to caves and high rocky spires.
The Inventory & Monitoring Program primarily works in the following parks:
Other park sites that are part of the San Francisco Bay Area Network, but where the Inventory & Monitoring Program is less active include:
- Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site (EUON)
- Fort Point National Historic Site (FOPO)
- Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (JUBA)
- Port Chicago National Naval Magazine National Memorial (POCH)
- Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park (RORI)
- San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (SAFR)
SFAN also works closely with the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center and each park's natural resources program to develop sound scientific resources that lead to improved management and preservation.
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Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
SFAN and GGNPC have worked together on the Early Detection of Invasive Species monitoring program, as well as remaining in close communication on key restoration projects related to habitats monitored by SFAN, including a major salmon habitat restoration effort on Redwood Creek. For more information about the Conservancy, please visit: www.parksconservancy.org/.
Point Blue Conservation Science
SFAN and Point Blue (formerly the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, or PRBO) collaborate on landbird monitoring in Bay Area national park units. Point Blue also collaborates with many NPS partners on a wide range of avian surveys, banding studies, and innovative research. For more information about Point Blue, please visit: www.pointblue.org.
Point Reyes National Seashore Association
SFAN and PRNSA have collaborated for several years on spotted owl and snowy plover monitoring projects. PRNSA has also led several major restoration efforts on National Park Service lands that benefit park resources, including returning natural hydrologic conditions to the Giacomini Wetlands at the mouth of Lagunitas Creek, a key part of the Tomales bay Watershed. For more information about PRNSA, please visit: www.ptreyes.org.
Last updated: April 3, 2018