The mountain is dry now and about the only abundant green you'll see is all the Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis) - especially on the north slopes. The coyote brush is just starting to bloom and will continue into the next year - that's why this plant is so important to the mountain's coastal scrub habitat - providing needed late Summer and Fall food to many insects and birds.

Aquatic Biology Lab in Crocker Industrial Park...

Noixium Berrios, our Environmental Educator and Naturalist, has a Summer project. He and volunteers will be continuing the restoration work at the Cypress Lane Wetlands in Crocker Industrial Park in Brisbane.

What's new during this Summer season is a plan to restore and enhance some aquatic biology study areas that can be used in the upcoming school year. What a great project for your Tuesday mornings - so get out your boots! Check our Calendar or Upcoming Events for details — and join the fun!

Daly City Dunes: critical parcel may be transferred to SMC Parks...

San Bruno Mountain Watch has been working to preserve the privately owned portion of the Daly City Dunes for years. The battle hiccuped when the "red" parcels were bought by Hilldale School to expand their facilities.

However, during the lengthy and intense campaign to prevent development of the dunes, the owner of the "blue" parcels showed an interest in donating his property to open space! And that process is nearly complete!

This month the San Mateo County Parks Commission agreed unanimously that the County Parks Department should annex this 3.2 acre parcel into San Bruno Mountain State and County Park. The remaining step is for our County Supervisors to also agree at their monthly meeting.  After that, we can really celebrate!

Many thanks to Del Schembari who tirelessly shepherded this project for SBMW and many others who advocated for the dunes and supported this project by attending meetings , writing letters, and providing financial and moral support.

Read Del's dunes update article in our July 2013 newsletter for background. A June 18, 2014 article in The Examiner features the parcel owner and his wish to donate the land to San Mateo County Parks.

Ken McIntire
Executive Director

These are potentially exciting times for San Mateo County Parks and open space advocates - a new County Parks Director and a new Natural Resources Manager (the first ever!) are now onboard.
Also in our newsletter read about water-wise gardens which are becoming a necessity.