(Pacifica volunteers and GGNRA staff relax after a tough day of clearing vegetation and wrangling wildlife on Mori Point, part of the Site Stewardship Program. Photo by Mary Petrilli.)
Greetings from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy! It’s been a busy few weeks since our last Mori Point update. I’m pleased to tell you that we’ve already made great progress on this year’s project! Our timber step trail is under way, and we're preparing to break ground on the first of three ponds next week.
We've made the most progress in our installation of the timber steps. We're calling this stretch "Bootlegger's Steps" in honor of Mori's lively roadhouse that once sat near the base of the trail. The footprint of this trail has been carved and materials are staged on site. Now, the National Park Service trail crew is planning to continue this process by digging small trenches, securing timber, and providing a gravel/soil tread for proper drainage throughout the trail. We'll be offering at least 2 volunteer work days on Saturdays throughout the work period. If you're interested in finding out more about these opportunities, please let me know and I'll send you information as it becomes available.
Our next big step is staging pond excavating equipment on site. This week, our team of biomonitors has been hard at work clearing vegetation and excavating burrows to search for San Francisco garter snakes, California red-legged frogs, and other wildlife. By the beginning of next week, we plan to start installing snake exclusion fencing around the pond footprints. This will keep the enclosed area free of reptiles and amphibians, thereby minimizing the chance of accidentally scooping up a snake while we're digging ponds. This is one of many ways we’re working to make sure that the wildlife stays safe throughout the project.
We've hired a fantastic group of biomonitors who have been busy clearing vegetation, excavating rodent burrows, posting signs, explaining the project to the public, and fielding any questions and concerns presented to them. We've captured fantastic stories from people who grew up in the area and have personal histories with the park itself. It's been a true pleasure to hear these stories and get people interested in all the great resources Mori Point offers. We're incredibly grateful for all the words of encouragement and support we've heard from park users!
Please don't hesitate to contact me or stop by the site for more information!
Mori Point Project Coordinator
And the rest of the Mori Point Team: Golden Gate National Recreation Area Staff Darren Fong and Steve Griswold and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Staff Kate Bickert, Christina Crooker, Sharon Farrell, Sue Gardner, Jen Greene, and Mary Petrilli.