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After careful deliberation about the impacts and benefits of restoring the Serpentine Prairie of Redwood Regional Park, the East Bay Park District has taken the courageous first step to increase the extent of serpentine grasslands. The first phase of the project has removed a number of planted Monterey pines and invasive Acacia trees in the central prairie area. We believe this treatment marks the beginning of a renewed commitment to well-planned resource management at the Park District.
The Stewardship branch of EBRPD have renewed their commitment to not only managing, but actively restoring this world class resource which is home to handfuls of rare and protected plants including our own federally endangered Presidio Clarkia (Clarkia franciscana). Continued research and stewardship at the Prairie will help provide invaluable information on this hardy annual that is restricted to only two locations in the world.
Notably, a post-removal walk-through indicates that the work was completed with little disturbance to soils and existing flora. Please see the prairie for yourself, and then let the Park District and the Board of Directors know that this work is appreciated.