CLIENT: San Mateo County Environmental Services Agency
PARTNERS: California Native Plant Society, Watershed Project
2002, the California Native Plant Society’s Heart
of the Mountain volunteer stewardship project began restoring
native plant communities in the Colma Creek headwaters of San Bruno
Mountain State & County Park.
Volunteer stewards controlled invasive plants and propagated and
installed native plantings in a small glade in the headwaters area.
In 2004, the County received Proposition 12 funds to continue efforts
initiated by the CA Native Plant Society and more fully restore the
Removing exotic invasives will raise the water table at Colma
Creek allowing perennial year round steam flow in the headwaters
area to further increase the habitat value of the area.
In 2005, Shelterbelt was hired by San Mateo County to prepare a 3-year
restoration plan for the project and facilitate public meetings for the
project. Working closely with the Heart of the Mountain and San Mateo County
planning staff, Shelterbelt prepared an ambitious plan to remove over 150
Eucalyptus trees and associated invasive understory plants, propagate and
revegetate the area with native riparian plant species, protect the stream
channel from erosion during the restoration project term and sustainably
dispose of a vast quantity of vegetative debris. The removal of the Eucalyptus
trees growing in and around the stream channel would provide enough light
and space to establish native riparian plants like willow (Salix
dogwood (Cornus sp.) which would provide valuable habitat for native wildlife.
The removal of the trees would raise the water table to allow perennial
year round steam flow in the headwaters area further increasing the habitat
value of the area. The surrounding project area would be revegetated with
native coastal scrub and grassland species.