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Contact: Merrik Bush-Pirkle
phone: (415) 338-1665

Public Comment Sought on Proposed San Francisco Bay Research Reserve

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 21, 2000--TIBURON, CA - A proposal to designate 4,000 acres of San Francisco Bay marshland as California's third National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) will be presented for public comment next week during two meetings hosted by San Francisco State University's Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

SFSU and NOAA, working with state-level partners and community agencies, have developed a preliminary draft management plan for the NERR, which includes tidal wetlands in China Camp State Park, Rush Ranch Open Space Preserve, and Brown's Island Regional Shoreline. NERR status brings with it increased funding and resources to help manage and preserve these ecologically important areas.

According to Todd Hopkins, acting NERR program manager, the designation will enhance research, education, and stewardship programs so that they contribute to better understanding and management of the San Francisco Bay.

The NERR system is a network of federally protected areas established to improve the health of the nation's estuaries and coastal habitats by promoting informed resource management. Each reserve is operated in conjunction with local communities and regional groups. The national program website can be viewed at

Partners include the California Dept. of Parks and Recreation, the Solano County Farmlands and Open Space Foundation, and the East Bay Regional Park District.

The meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, July 25, at the Marin Civic Center in the Marin County Board of Supervisors Chambers; and Wednesday, July 26, at Suisun City Hall, in the City Council Chambers. Both are from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, contact Todd Hopkins at (415) 338-3703, or via e-mail at

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