PROPOSAL NARRATIVE

A. Project Summary and Objectives

The Muwekma-Ohlone Sanctuary Habitat Restoration and Environmental Education Program, a component of the Muwekma-Ohlone Wildlife Pocket Sanctuary Project, will strive to accomplish the following goals:

è Preserve, enhance, and establish wetland and upland wildlife habitat and determine appropriate and site-sensitive public access guidelines for a 2.5-acre reach of the Islais Creek shoreline now generally known as the Muwekma-Ohlone Wildlife Pocket Sanctuary.

è Facilitate partnerships among schools and stewardship, cultural and environmental science service learning programs to become part of the development, monitoring, study, and long-term stewardship of the Muwekma-Ohlone Wildlife Pocket Sanctuary.

è Continue strengthening the formal partnership with the San Francisco Bay Trail organization (administered by the Association of Bay Area Governments) by facilitating the establishment of the Muwekma-Ohlone Wildlife Pocket Sanctuary and the nearby Tulare Pocket Park as destinations and peaceful oases for users of the San Francisco Bay Trail.

è Continue strengthening the formal partnership with the Port of San Francisco to formalize the acquisition of public access for educational and docent-led tours, low impact uses (such as from kayak enthusiasts and bird watchers) and for the future management and stewardship of the site for wildlife sanctuary purposes.

è Establish the site as one of a small chain of shoreline public access open space areas. The Muwekma Ohlone Wildlife Pocket Sanctuary will provide a vital and unique link to the recently dedicated Heron’s Head Park (formerly a dumping ground on a 9-acre abandoned artificial fill area), Tulare Pocket Park, and Islais Creek Landing. Of these, the Muwekma-Ohlone site will be the least developed for recreational uses and the most developed for habitat sanctuary uses, yet enthusiastically open for educational pursuits.

 

B. Project Description and Need

….ecological, educational, socio-economic needs this project will address…. The Southeast Sector of San Francisco has always been under intense urban development pressures. The very small remaining areas of open space and habitat components are physically stressed, isolated, and continually diminishing with unabated urban growth and land use changes. Tidal flats, marshes, and associated upland habitats now only occur on areas that have been drastically altered though human activities, and Bay Area-wide there has been a 79% overall decline in tidal marshlands(). The Muwekma Ohlone Wildlife Pocket Sanctuary is such a site that has great potential to be restored to naturalistic conditions (). Restoration is this project’s primary goal. Our secondary goal is to promote the site as an outdoor service learning project area and to utilize local models for such programs that have proven successful with students, teachers, and community members. One self-identified community goal is to continue training community members to be specialists of local natural history, culture, and stewardship(). Components of this goal include site characterization, monitoring, natural history and biology, and restoration plan implementation.

The Southeast Sector lags far behind in public open space and wildlife habitat in comparison to the rest of San Francisco (). The Bayside shoreline has been completely (100%!) altered through urban development and subsequent deterioration. These changes are manifested in measurable socio-economic impacts: human health, crime, lagging community pride and stewardship, and scholastic, employment, and economic decline (). Of the 28,000 who call the southeast sector their home, 61% are African American, 22% are Asian American/Pacific Islander, 11% are Whites, and 6% are other minorities ().

…. describe the specific on-the-ground restoration activities to be undertaken on-site to achieve the project objectives, and identify specific measures of success…. Upon completion of the Master Plan (June 2001), the project's partners will begin site preparation and implementation to likely include protection and propagation of desirable plants currently on-site, chemical-free removal and eradication of weed species, and selection and planting of habitat and culturally-relevant plants according to a habitat restoration plan. Successful completion of these efforts will be measured using base-line data currently being gathered by scientists: survival rate of new and protected plants and natural introduction of native plants, success of weed eradication, protection of soil resources, changes in population and diversity of wetland and upland animal species, the continued site stewardship currently being carried out in partnership with local residents and the Port, and technical transfer about restoration methods used and their efficacy to others in San Francisco and beyond.

…. part of a larger regional and/or local watershed effort…. This project supports goals set forth in the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan for the San Francisco Bay Area (), the Sustainability Plan for the City of San Francisco (), Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals, San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, and others. It is also endorsed by the Port of San Francisco and fits within its long-term property management goals.

…. provisions to ensure long-term management and protection of the project…. As an agency managing the site on behalf of the public, this project has very strong support from the Port of San Francisco (landowner). Its commitment to the project is evidenced by its encouragement to community supporters for the project to proceed; its facilitation of the process to provide public open space access, its cooperation with accessing site information, its participation in public planning sessions, and its assistance to community stewards with regular site clean-up. The Port views this project as a valuable public open space area and has pledged their support for implementing the Master Plan. The Port has a strong track record for facilitating the use of suitable sites for public open space uses. The school and environmental community are excited about the Port’s moving forward with granting official public access for the purpose of expanding service learning project sites. Community and civic groups including Friends of Islais Creek, the Southeast Waterfront Advisory Committee, and the Audubon and Native Plant Societies the SF Neighborhood Parks Council, SF Parks & Recreation , SF Conservation Corp, Native American Cultural Center, District 10 Supervisor Sophena Maxwelll, the SF Bayview News, Renaissance Parents of Success, are pledging support and in-kind services. Local businesses: RMC Materials (adjacent tenant) is a strong, committed supporter of the project and has pledged long-term stewardship assistance of the site and technical assistance through its Environmental Department. The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area has authorized the use of its name for the site and has donated a hand-carved "healing totem pole" to be used as a beacon to the site and as an important symbol in honor of the site’s unique American Indian ancestral heritage. The San Francisco Bay Trail route runs adjacent to the site and is very interested in supporting the Sanctuary through its encouragement of accessing its funding and technical assistance resources to help facilitate the public access components of the Site Use Plan. This important partner views the Sanctuary site as a prime trail user destination in the Southeast Sector. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has pledged technical support through its Natural Areas Program and will help propagate plants, provide nursery stock, and skilled restorationists to help with restoration tasks. Its pledge will insure that long-term management objectives are met. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has pledged long-term technical assistance with conservation and habitat plan development, public outreach, monitoring and grant management guidance.

  1. Final Products - Within one year or less, the partners pledge the following:

è Significant multi-partner progress of the habitat components of the Site Restoration Plan for the 2.5-acre site.

è Official endorsement by the San Francisco Port Commission to utilize the site as long-term public open space and wildlife sanctuary (currently in progress with strong support and positive predicted outcome from Port staff).

è Develop public access guidelines with emphasis on the use of the land as a wildlife sanctuary. (Existing open spaces nearby provide opportunities for higher use activities such as picnicking, biking, fishing, exploration and launching of personal watercraft)

è Develop a Preliminary Site Use Plan with focus on educational activity access in conjunction with local schools and existing service learning environmental programs. As learned from successes of existing models and in response to interest in using the Muwukme-Ohlone Wildlife Pocket Sanctuary for such activities, facilitate partnerships with schools and existing educational programs to promote the use of on-site service learning stewardship and academic pursuits such as monitoring, habitat establishment, reporting, and culturally and historically-relevant activities, particularly with regard to American Indian heritage and history.

D. Partner Justification

The Islais Creek Community Guerilla Gardeners, through their own means and resources, have been volunteer site stewards, in cooperation with the Port, for about seven years now. As a result of their efforts, the site has become a very strong habitat for local terrestrial and marine birds, insects, crustaceans, and native plant life. Because of the unique location within the community and the multi-jurisdictional nature of the site, the project’s partners are synergistically and positively focusing on making the vision of the Sanctuary a reality. Public agencies, community and civic groups, and the educational community are all willing contributors because the positive outcomes (environmental and socio-economic benefits, as described in Section A.) are enormous.

E. Project Budget

Budget Category 5-Star Funds Partner Contributions

Salaries

Project Facilitator/Outreach Specialists $5,500.00 $1,000.00

Site Stewardship 0 $1,500.00

(maintenance, security, etc.)

Community volunteers 0 $4,000.00

(education, outreach, science expertise)

Benefits 0 0

Contractual Services

SF Rec & Park Dept. 0 $2,000.00

(Restorationists and Plant Materials)

RMC Materials Env. Dept. 0 $1,000.00

(Environmental Scientists)

Environmental/Restoration Scientists $2,000.00 $1,000.00

Fiscal agent (10%) $2,000.00 0

Educators 0 $4,000.00

Site Preparation $3,000.00 $ 500.00

Student Transportation $1,000.00 $1,000.00

(for service projects)

Public Access/Permitting Consults 0 $2,000.00

And facilitation

Supplies

Admin/office supplies, $ 500.00 $1,000.00

Educational Supplies $2,000.00 $2,000.00

Plant Materials and assoc. items $2,000.00 $1,000.00

Equipment

Specialty items: tools, etc. $1,000.00 $1,000.00

Totem Pole and install 0 $5,000.00

Totals $19,000.00 $28,000.00***

*** Preliminary low estimate of matching value contributions. Does not include all permits and permitting costs; land value; service learning projects conducted by students and the value of their scientific findings toward habitat management; federal agency technical assistance; public access improvements.