Mercury News Article Focuses on Our Nursery & Stewardship Programs...

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Bay Area News Group

A January 15th San Jose 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. 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.

 

Save the date for the February 2015 Native Plant Sale at the Mission Blue Nursery on Saturday February 21st from 9 am until 2 pm.


The greening of San Bruno Mountain: there has been an outburst of growth on the mountain. Shrubs and grasses have been sprouting new growth for several weeks - responding almost immediately to the Fall rain. The earliest bloomers are just starting to make a show - like the San Francisco Wallflower (shown), consistently one of the first wildflowers in Winter. This wallflower species is abundant on San Bruno Mountain but now rare elsewhere. Footsteps-of-Spring and Lomatium species are also making a good show. It shouldn't be long before there is a glorious display - so get out and explore! Think about taking a hike with one of our mountain experts.


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.