June 4, 2013 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Hamilton and Sonoma Baylands
Heidi Nutters

Tidal Wetland Restoration Field Trip 

Hamilton and Sonoma Baylands

June 4, 2013

9:00am – 3:00pm

Lunch provided

 Join us for this unique opportunity sponsored by the San Francsico Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Coastal Training Program, in partnership with the California Coastal Conservancy and the US Army Corps of Engineers!

The Hamilton Wetlands and Sonoma Baylands projects provide two examples of ongoing efforts to protect sensitive species, restore critical habitats and establish healthy tidal marsh ecosystems in the San Francisco Bay Area.  This field trip will provide an opportunity to learn about ongoing tidal restoration techniques in an interactive setting. The primary goal for this field trip is to inform site managers about tidal wetland restoration policies and practices.

Featured speakers include: Tom Gandesbery, California Coastal Conservancy, Eric Jolliffe, US Army Corps of Engineers, Jeremy Lowe, ESA PWA and Phyllis Faber.

Discussion topics will include

  • How tidal wetland restoration projects could be affected by sea-level rise
  • Regulatory processes for permitting wetland restoration projects
  • Best practices for tidal marsh restoration
  • Managing sediment through local beneficial reuse at restoration sites

Logistics of the Day

We will begin at the Hamilton wetland restoration site and end at the Sonoma Baylands. After lunch, we will caravan by car between the two sites. Come prepared to hike and be outside for a majority of the day. Carpooling is encouraged.

Driving Directions to Hamilton Wetlands (meet at Nursery)

To get there take 101 to the Bel Marin Keys / Ignacio Exit.  Coming from the south you double back to the south and go past the shopping center.  Take the next left after the mall at the next stop light which is called Hamilton Parkway.

As you cross the RR tracks and the road turns again to the south, you will see the skate park on your left.  Continue to the next road on the left (going east).  Turn left here and continue on the road until you see the native plant nursery – a large tan stucco building with a kiosk in front.  Park along the road.


Registration will be limited to 30 participants. The deadline to register for this workshop is May 28, 2013.

For questions, contact Heidi Nutters, Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve by phone at (415) 338-3511 or email heidin@sfsu.edu.