Spring Hike Series Starts Saturday!

David Schooley, SBMW founder, will lead the inaugural hike this Saturday for our Spring Hike Series. On Sunday Joe Cannon, our Stewardship Director and Biologist, will lead his Ecology Hike. There are many more hikes in April, so be sure to check the schedule on the Spring Hike Series page.

Saturday March 28th  Founder's Hike

Sunday March 29th  Ecology Hike

Push for 'Preservation Conservation Area' Designation — recent press

The February 12, 2015 San Mateo Daily Journal article, Push to protect 'urban oasis': San Bruno Mountain eyed for preservation, details Mountain Watch's efforts to have the park's 2,326 acres designated as a Priority Conservation Area under a program established in 2007 to identify Bay Area lands for environmental conservation and protection. If approved, San Bruno Mountain would be the eight such designation in San Mateo County.

Daly City Councilman David Canepa played a pivotal role in the unanimous vote by the City Council to pass a resolution supporting the establishment of a Priority Conservation Area around San Bruno Mountain. The Examiner article, Daly City council signals support for San Bruno Mountain priority conservation area, details the designation process and highlights benefits of such a designation in opening doors to revenue sources for improving access to San Bruno Mountain and acquiring new open space.

Mercury News Article Focuses on Our Nursery & Stewardship Programs

John Green photographer
Bay Area News Group

A January 15th Mercury News article by correspondent Susan Hathaway nicely focuses on our Stewardship Programs and on our Mission Blue Nursery as the centerpiece of the stewardship work. Ms. Hathaway's article "San Bruno Mountain: Haven for endangered species hides in plain sight" reminds us that San Bruno Mountain is special and that the work of Mountain Watch is to preserve, expand and protect this habitat. The Mission Blue Nursery, besides providing 1000s of plants for restoration projects on the Mountain, works hard to educate gardeners on the importance of utilizing California native plants in their own gardens.

Daly City Dunes Update: Waiting for County Supervisors' Approval

San Bruno Mountain Watch has worked for years to preserve and protect from development a privately owned portion of the Daly City Dunes - the last remnant of an ancient and unique dune system containing rare dune plants.

During this lengthy and intense campaign in the face of the threat of development, the owner of the "blue" parcels expressed an interest in donating his property to open space and that process is nearly complete. A June 18, 2014 article in The Examiner features the parcel owner and his wish to donate the land to San Mateo County Parks.

In June 2014 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. What remains is approval by San Mateo County Supervisors which is anticipated to occur in 2015.

San Bruno Mountain Watch was contracted by the City of Daly City to perform the restoration work needed to repair the damage from a major waterline break and mudslide in November 2012. Our Mission Blue Nursery propagated hundreds of native plants - native perrenials and grasses - to restore and stabilize the damaged slope. Then our Stewardship Saturday volunteers took over and worked every Saturday for months to replant the natives. SBMW Stewardship Director Joe Cannon even enlisted many students from San Francisco City College’s biology department where he teaches.

Del Schembari, Mountain Watch Board Member, tirelessly shepherded this project for SBMW over this multi-year effort. Read Del's dunes update article in our July 2013 newsletter for background.

New Executive Director

Kris Jensen came onboard in October 2014 as the new Executive Director of Mountain Watch. A Bay Area native, Kris has years of experience leading nonprofits and a passion for nature and we are excited to have him join Mountain Watch.

New Stewardship Coordinator

Iris Clearwater, a self-described “enthusiatic naturalist”, brings to her new position as Stewardship Coordinator extensive experience in habitat management practices. She will run our Mission Blue Nursery and oversee our Stewardship Program.