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Jun 09

Working to Improve Habitat and Reduce Wildfire Risk

Posted on June 9, 2015 at 12:49 PM by Emma Detwiler

Submitted by Nick Salcedo, MMWD Senior Management Analyst

This summer, crews will be working on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed reducing fuel loads and improving wildlife habitat by removing dead and down trees and those invading meadow habitats.

Fire suppression, Sudden Oak Death, and other large-scale changes threaten the Watershed’s oak woodlands and grasslands, and the plants and animals that depend on them to survive.

Deer and raptors are some of the animals dependent on woodlands and grasslands. Other grassland dependent animals, such as badgers and western meadowlarks, are in decline from habitat loss. And native bunchgrasses, which can live 100 years or more, will die when shaded out by invasive trees.

This summer’s work will focus on two specific areas: Pine Point and Bolinas Ridge. It is a joint project by the Marin Municipal Water District and Youth2Work, a non-profit that provides instruction for at-risk youth in the basic techniques of building and maintaining public parks, fuel breaks and fire defense systems.

For more information, please contact Watershed Maintenance Supervisor Carl Sanders at 415-945-1189.

 pine point prj area  bolinas ridge
 Pine Point Worksite
 Bolinas Ridge Worksite


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