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City's Restoration Plan for Bair Island

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Bair Island is one of the nation’s premier urban wildlife refuges, cherished by the citizens of Redwood City, the peninsula, and the entire region. To have such an incredible natural resource right within our dense, urban area is truly remarkable and it is the responsibility of the entire community to ensure its long-term health and preservation.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has produced a plan for the restoration of tidal wetlands and natural habitat of the island. This restoration is crucial for the sensitive habitat, and the variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, and other native wildlife, including the endangered Clapper Rail and Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse, that live there.

As it is our duty and obligation to comment on the Environmental Impact Statement that was prepared for the FWS plan, the City of Redwood City has prepared an alternative Plan for restoration which complements, enhances, and supplements that prepared by the FWS. The City’s Plan for the Restoration of Bair Island will:

  • include enhanced protections against predators entering the island
  • reduce the level of human intrusion on the very sensitive “slough intermix zone” of the site
  • provide for improved enforcement of pet restrictions
  • offer secondary access to reduce emergency response time
  • provide for low-intensity public access and accessibility for sensitive sub-populations (children, handicapped, elderly, etc.)
  • integrate Bair Island into the education communities in order to offer a greater depth of understanding and appreciation throughout the community and thereby to enhance the quality of life for children, seniors, families, and our environment.

It’s the City's belief that only through such a comprehensive Plan can the community gain a full understanding and appreciation of Bair Island’s environmental values and the need for enduring, sensitive stewardship of this open space.

More information is available through the links below. The public is encouraged to find out more about both plans, and offer comments to the FWS by the deadline of October 12, 2004.

News Release
Staff Report, Resolution, and the Plan (pdf)
Link to U.S. Fish and Wildlife plan

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