Rancho Corral de Tierra Trailheads
GGNRA has been working with the communities of Montara, Moss Beach, and El Granada as well as neighboring land managers to identify future visitor trailhead locations to access the newest addition to the park, Rancho Corral de Tierra. Come share your thoughts on potential trailhead locations and amenities.
Rancho Corral de Tierra Trail Planning
During a series of meet-and-greet events on the Coastside this year, GGNRA requested feedback and suggestions from neighbors on the future trail network at Rancho Corral de Tierra. You can help shape the future of the trail network at Rancho too by providing your input at this meeting.
Environmental investigation conducted in 2011 found residues from past operations at the site, including elevated levels of total petroleum hydrocarbons, zinc, and endrin (chlorinated pesticide) in the soil. A draft Removal Action Workplan has been released that proposes excavation of contaminated soils to meet public health standards and replacing it with clean fill. This draft workplan is open for public comment until November 27.
Accessible Trailhead Improvements in Pacifica
Trailhead improvements are proposed to access GGNRA lands in Pacifica at four locations: Milagra Ridge, Sneath Lane, Shelldance Nursery and Cattle Hill/Fassler Avenue. The conceptual designs were developed to have a consistent NPS design, identity, and include site improvements that focus on accessibility. Come see the latest design concepts and share your feedback.
Several organizations have been working together to efficiently manage our collective public lands on the Peninsula. The group has pooled their resources to create a comprehensive map, visitors guide and website for the "Devil's Slide Coast". This collaboration will help steward public lands and beaches, restore critical habitats, protect unique biological resources, and build on the vital work of existing volunteer groups and local advocates.
Call for Historic Photos
Do you have old photographs of the San Mateo Coast near Rancho Corral de Tierra, Mori Point, Mussel Rock or Pedro Point Headlands? Or historic photos from the Phleger Estate, Milagra Ridge or Sweeney Ridge? If so, we'd love for you to share them! Please bring the photographs with you to the Open House and ask for Ranger George Durgerian.
The Watershed on Wheels (WOW) bus is a traveling watershed laboratory, and a mobile extension of the Watershed Discovery Workshops held at Moss Beach Ranch, a Golden Gate National Recreation Area partner located in Rancho Corral de Tierra. This is a hands-on learning experience that encourages students to become responsible land stewards for the protection of our coastline.
Phleger Estate Gullies Restoration
Several locations within the Phleger Estate have had significant erosion and trail damage over the past few years, which in turn degraded the forest habitat and contributed sediments to an adjacent creek. GGNRA recently initiated a project to restore the forest habitat by removing social trails, eliminating non-native plants, and regrading contours to minimize erosion. Planting will be done this winter to reestablish a redwood vegetation community. Come learn about the restoration process and future plans for the area.
The NPS is working to save the endangered Mission blue butterfly. Butterfly monitoring, invasive plant removal, experimental burn plots, and lupine diversification of park sites are some of the ways the park is working towards this goal. At Milagra Ridge, the NPS in partnership with the Parks Conservancy and the California Garden Clubs Inc. are engaging the community to grow and plant lupines, the host plant for the Mission blue butterfly. Learn how you can be a part of this program.
This September the NPS, the Parks Conservancy, and Oceana High School celebrated 16 years of partnership. Over the years, this long partnership has resulted in an amazing native plant nursery and school garden, a cooking class, and on-going environmental educational field trips to the nearby National Parks. Hear more about this partnership and the programs offered by this partner to the parks.
This project is a volunteer initiative to protect priceless coastal resources along the San Mateo Coast. The headlands, which are planned to be transferred to GGNRA in the future, have been damaged by years of motorcycle riding. This has disturbed the native plant communities and provided habitat conditions for aggressive invasive plants. Come hear the Volunteer Coordinator discuss some of the recent work that volunteers have done and learn how you can get involved.