Heron’s Head Park Shoreline Resilience Project: Phase 1
City and County of San Francisco; Measure AA Region: West Bay
Fish, Bird and Wildlife Habitat Program; Shoreline Public Access Program.
Literacy for Environmental Justice, San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science
The Heron’s Head Park Shoreline Resilience Project consists of restoring and enhancing wetlands and upland habitat along the Bay shoreline in Bayview Hunters Point to stabilize the shoreline and improve habitat.
The overall project will provide beneficial native habitat enhancement improvements to an urban shoreline park in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood, a diverse and economically disadvantaged community in southeast San Francisco. In addition to the habitat enhancement benefits, the project includes community engagement, local job training in green infrastructure activities, and workforce development.
To achieve the goals of the project, during Phase I, the Port and Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) will hire a team of four “Eco-Apprentices” and an experienced crew leader. The Eco-Apprentices will be low income transitional age youth (18-25 years old) with a passion for conservation, habitat restoration, and community engagement. Leveraging long-standing connections with San Francisco government agencies, environmental stewardship groups, schools, and youth-serving organizations active in southeast San Francisco, LEJ will recruit young residents of the Bayview Hunters Point community to be Eco-Apprentices on the Heron’s Head Park Shoreline Resilience Project crew. These youth will be trained by LEJ and by researchers from San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science (EOS) Center in bay ecology, invasive weed control, native plant propagation and outplantings, and project monitoring.
During the first year of Phase I of the project, preliminary methods for weed control and plantings will occur in two test plots. This area is impacted by the invasive Algerian sea lavender which can degrade habitat values and reduce biodiversity. The test plots will enable the project team to refine planting plans with respect to native species representation and placement by soil type and marsh elevation. At the end of this assessment of the test plots, LEJ will use insights gained from test plantings to strategically propagate and plant approximately an additional 22,700 marsh plants grown over 20,000 – 30,000 square feet of intertidal zone. Habitat stewardship during this phase will include manual removal of invasive species and strategic replacement of native plants in cleared areas.