David Amme talking grasses at Point Molate

David Amme, a founding member of the California Native Grasslands Association, provided a wonderful field lecture on the native grasses of the Point Molate area, as some 150-200 people listened and learned about this most unique resource of the East Bay.  This is perhaps the single largest turnout for a EBCNPS hike in its 40-year history.  Lech Naumovich, East Bay Conservation Analyst, provided some insight into the value of protecting the area at a watershed level, and the repercussions developing certain types of land uses on the Point Molate site.   EBCNPS comments on the Resort/Casino project have centered on a lack of appropriate surveys, improper vegetation mapping, inadequate presentation of impacts, as well as lacking fire safety and even overlooked bird/avian impacts.

EBCNPS continues to support the work of the Citizens for a Sustainable Point Molate in vetting the proposed project fully, while also helping provide new alternatives and visions for this precious landscape.

Mr. Robert Cheasty of CESP

Many interested parties attended the event including Robert Cheasty of Citizens for East Shore Park (CESP).  Mr. Cheasty talked about some of the work their organization is conducting in order to mitigate for impacts if the casino were to be approved.  We understand that CESP’s official stance is opposition to the project.

Councilmember Tom Butt learning about native grasses

Richmond City Councilmember Tom Butt was in attendance avidly learning about the resources and collecting grasses in his pocket.  Mr. Butt has been extremely involved in the process and has read the EIR as well as openly discussed his concern about the project and the environmental review process.

And a few more photos…

Grass collection

A view from Point Molate

Molate Fescue - the star of the show

David Amme wowing the crowd

People showed their enthusiasm in many different ways including collection of grasses, photography, and general enjoyment of being outside on the shoreline looking out at Mt. Tamalpais.

Please view Bob Sikora’s (native plant enthusiast) photos here.