New Executive Director at Mountain Watch...
Exciting changes are happening at San Bruno Mountain Watch! After many years of dedicated service, our Executive Director Ken McIntire is retiring so that he can pursue his other passions and have more time for his family. We are grateful for his years of steadfast work, and hope to see him up on the mountain again soon!
After a careful search process, we are happy to announce that we have hired Kris Jensen as the new Executive Director of Mountain Watch, effective October 27th. A Bay Area native, Kris has years of experience leading nonprofits including Collective Roots, a food justice nonprofit in East Palo Alto, where he was Executive Director for several years. Kris has a background in permaculture and a passion for nature and we are excited to have him join Mountain Watch.
Welcome Our New Stewardship Coordinator...
Mountain Watch’s new Stewardship Coordinator has arrived! Iris Clearwater, a self-described “enthusiatic naturalist”, comes back to the Bay Area where she lived for 13 years — leading restoration work with Nature in the City, managing the native plant garden at Alemany Farm, searching for rare plants in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), and leading restoration programs in the Presidio.
Iris will manage our Mission Blue Nursery and oversee our Stewardship Program, working closely with Joe Cannon our Stewardship Director. She brings with her extensive experience with invasive species control, vegetation research methods, herbarium work, and wildlife monitoring – as well as with community-engaged projects and the arts.
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!
In June 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.