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Martin Luther King Shoreline Tidal Wetland Restoration Field Trip

Martin Luther King Shoreline Tidal Wetland Restoration Field Trip program image

Date

Tuesday, December 5, 2006
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Martin Luther King Shoreline Restoration
Oakland
Lunch will be provided

COST: FREE

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED


Contact

Grant Lyon
grant@elkhornslough.org
(831) 274-8700

Sponsors

Wetlands and Water Resources, Inc.

Save the Bay

Description

See also: Tidal Wetlands, Habitat RestorationThe Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program and San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve sponsored a field trip with Save the Bay's Marilyn Latta and Wetlands and Water Resources, Inc.'s Stuart Siegel to the Martin Luther King Junior Regional Shoreline tidal wetlands restoration site in Oakland. The Martin Luther King Shoreline Restoration project began in 1998; it is a 72 acre restoration project in a highly urban setting that includes low and high tidal marsh, seasonal ponds, and transition zones. Though still a fairly young restoration project, it has many lessons to teach us. Major themes of discussion on the field trip included 1) public access, the role of volunteers, and the urban setting of this restoration project, 2) excavating upland habitat (through wetland fill) to create tidal marsh, 3) the importance of transition zones, 4) assessing monitoring and performance criteria, 5) and successes of seasonal pond creation. Take home messags from the trip included: 1) a single table with goals, performance measures, monitoring methodology, and monitoring schedule can greatly assist managers and regulators reviewing restoration projects; 2) it is important to tie monitoring to restoration goals - sometimes monitoring takes place that cannot inform changes in management; 3) modelling can be extremely successful in designing tidal wetland restoration; 4) transition zones, including seasonal wetlands and gradual, vegetated slopes are important areas to focus future restoration and conservatoin acquisition; 5) simple design considerations in the restoration planning stage can greatly assist in future weed management; 6) community groups and nonprofit organizations can be very helpful in long term stewardship of restoration sites; 7) involvement of community groups can assist conservation efforts; 8) providing public access to natural areas is an important political decision that can help ensure conservation success. Many thanks to Marilyn Latta, Save the Bay, and Stuart Siegel, Wetlands and Water Resources, Inc. - they did a great job teaching us some valuable lessons.

Documents and Publications

DOCUMENT AUTHOR / SOURCE
WORKSHOP MATERIALS
Agenda: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Tidal Wetland Restoration Field Trip
PDF, 11KB
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program

Contact List: Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Tidal Wetland Restoration Field Trip
PDF, 13KB
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program

Map: South San Francisco Bay Wetland Restoration Projects
PDF, 1.8MB
Stuart Siegel

Map: MLK Regional Shoreline (overview of area and park facilities)
PDF, 102KB
East Bay Regional Park District

Map: North San Francisco Bay Wetland Restoration Projects
PDF, 600KB
Stuart Siegel

2002
Map: Restoration design for MLK
JPG, 658KB
Wetlands and Water Resources, Inc.

Martin Luther King Wetlands Restoration Project - List of Partners
PDF, 12KB


MLK Monitoring Locations
PDF, 603KB
Wetlands and Water Resources, Inc.

MLK Shoreline: Table of Performance Criteria, Monitoring Methods, and Monitoring Schedule
PDF, 81KB
Stuart Siegel
Wetlands and Water Resources, Inc.
December 5, 2006
Save The Bay Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Project Description
PDF, 27KB
Save the Bay

PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Salt Marsh Restoration Experience in San Francisco Bay
PDF, 876KB
Philip Williams and Phyllis Faber
Journal of Coastal Research 27:203-211
2001
OTHER INFORMATION
Five Year Summary Report Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Wetlands Project
PDF, 4MB
Wetlands and Water Resources, Inc.
East Bay Regional Parks
Save the Bay's Community Based Restoration Program Human Dimensions Research Project
PDF, 1.7MB
Nicole Cheslock and Melissa Amschl-Meiris
Save the Bay
December 2006

Links

East Bay Regional Parks MLK Shoreline Website
http://www.ebparks.org/parks/mlk

Golden Gate Audubon Conservation Programs: MLK Shoreline and San Leandro Bay
http://www.goldengateaudubon.org/html/conservation/wetlands_wildlands/mlkshoreline.htm

Save the Bay's MLK Shoreline Website
http://www.savesfbay.org/site/pp.asp?c=dgKLLSOwEnH&b=681493

Wetlands and Water Resources, Inc.
http://www.swampthing.org

Questions and Answers

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