Save The Bay Unveils New Workshed at Palo Alto Baylands

January 11, 2013

December 12, 2012Save The Bay, the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay, is proud to announce the official grand opening of a new workshed at the organization’s Palo Alto Baylands Native Plant Nursery. The new facility will expand Save The Bay’s capacity to restore area wetlands, which serve as important habitat for wildlife, prevent pollution from reaching the Bay, and protect communities from flooding.

Daren Anderson of the City of Palo Alto will join David Lewis, Executive Director of Save The Bay, and Doug Serrill, Nursery Manager for a brief program and a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new workshed completes an expansion that includes a greenhouse, opened in late 2011.

“This new facility will enable us to increase the number of healthy native plants we can germinate and plant at restoration sites around the South Bay,” said Doug Serrill, Save the Bay’s Native Plant Nursery Manager. “A dry, indoor workspace will also provide a better volunteer experience for the thousands of individual, school, and corporate volunteers who work with us. And we can’t accomplish our restoration goals without them.”

The workshed project was made possible in part through the support of Santa Clara Valley Water District’s Watershed Stewardship Grant program and the Sand Hill Foundation. The workshed was designed by Craig O’Connell Architecture as a pro-bono project. This workshed project is a crucial part of Save The Bay’s goal of re-establishing 100,000 acres of healthy tidal marsh around the Bay. As part of its Community-based Restoration Program, Save The Bay trains volunteers to collect seeds and grow wetland plants in two nurseries, plant them at key sites, and remove invasive plants and trash that degrade wetland habitat.

Save The Bay Seeking Hundreds of Volunteers this Winter
During each winter rainy season, volunteers help plant 30,000 native seedlings along the shoreline.
Sign up to volunteer at Save The Bay. Corporate groups are encouraged to sign up for private, weekday volunteer opportunities through the Corporate Bay Savers Program.

About Save The Bay
Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay. As the Bay’s leading champion since 1961, Save The Bay remains dedicated to making the Bay cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. We protect our natural treasure from pollution and inappropriate shoreline development; restore habitat; and secure strong policies to re-establish 100,000 acres of wetlands that are essential for a healthy Bay. We engage more than 40,000 supporters, advocates and volunteers to protect the Bay, and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders by educating thousands of students annually.