The Candlestick Point State Recreation Area is located in the southeast part of San Francisco. The state purchased this project area, including Yosemite Slough, because it recognized the historical nature of the tidal marshes and mudflats.
The two-phase restoration of Yosemite Slough will create the largest contiguous wetland area in the County of San Francisco. The project will help restore essential wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and prevent erosion along the shoreline of the City of San Francisco—an area of the bay where tidal wetlands have been most impacted and suffered the greatest loss due to urbanization. According to our partner agency the California State Parks Foundation –
Goals and objectives of the proposed restoration are to
SFEP’s grant supported continuing work of Bay Youth for the Environment, a wetland education program of the California State Parks Foundation, which propagates and places native plants in the Yosemite Slough Wetlands. This project offers participating youth from the underserved Hunter’s Point community a unique combination of training in wetland ecology, horticultural techniques, and nursery operations, plus gives them some general life/professional skills development. The youth involved in the project organize and attend community meetings and events to do outreach about the ecology of the restored wetlands and wetlands stewardship.
Project results included more mid- and high marsh cover, more transitional habitat, and a reduction in invasive plants. The project offers an example of tidal marsh restoration in an urbanized watershed and provides community involvement and stewardship of Candlestick Point along with improved stormwater quality.
Phases II will restore wetlands on the south side of Yosemite Slough and add capital improvements. Design work on the south side has begun.