Save The Bay has been restoring and enhancing critical habitat areas around the Bay shoreline since 2000. Since then, over 45,000 volunteers have planted over 100,000 native plants, restoring and enhancing 500 acres of tidal marsh habitat.
Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Marin County
The Marin Islands National Wildlife Refuge consists of two small natural islands off the Marin County shoreline in San Pablo Bay and managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. This protected area is home to one of the largest egret and heron rookeries in northern California. In 2002 through 2007, Save The Bay and USFWS led volunteer restoration programs via kayak to the Marin Islands where they removed non-native scotch broom, iceplant, and fennel, and shoreline trash. USFWS currently manages the onsite rookery will eventually remove artificial facilities from east Marin Island. Future restoration of the sites also includes removal of invasive vegetation and restoration of marsh plants and nesting trees.
Santa Venetia Marsh, San Rafael
Save The Bay volunteers assisted the Marin Open Space and Park District with removal of hundreds of pounds of non-native invasive species and annual grasses along the banks of the marsh from 2006 to 2008. Volunteers also assisted with maintenance of plantings and mulching all plantings to suppress weeds and provide extended moisture to the natives, marked the plantings for efficient monitoring, and provide nutrients to the plant. We continue to monitor this beautiful marsh area for plant survival.
Schoolhouse Creek at Eastshore State Park, Berkeley
Save The Bay is one of the many partners who helped the new Eastshore State Park along the Berkeley-Albany shoreline to become a reality. We partnered with Friends of Five Creeks to assess the feasibility of daylighting the mouth of Schoolhouse Creek in Berkeley, one of the many creeks that flow into the Bay within Eastshore State Park. Our volunteer events at this 2-acre site included trash and debris removal, seed collections and educational tours. Today, the San Francisco Estuary Project is working on implementing our initial feasibility analysis with the future hope of creating a natural creekmouth.
Tolay Creek, Sonoma County
Site Partner: US Fish and Wildlife Service, San Pablo Bay refuge staff
Tolay Creek is a short creek system within the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge which enters San Pablo Bay near Highway 37 and Highway 121 in Sonoma. From 2001 to 2007 Save The Bay worked with the U.S Fish & Wildlife Service to restore 435 acres of diked, historic wetlands to tidal salt marsh, providing critical habitat for threatened and endangered species. Our volunteers planted native plants three levee breaches to create habitat and prevent levee erosion.