For Immediate Release
April 15, 2008
April 15, 2008, Pacifica, CA: The spectacular coastal promontory of Mori Point, one of the newest sites in the Golden Gate National Parks, will host a celebration on April 26, 10 am to 1 pm, honoring the ongoing trail work and habitat restoration. We invite the media and the general public to see the community-driven changes and future aspirations at this remarkable site--home to the San Francisco garter snake, one of the most endangered reptiles in North America.
The celebration showcases the recreational and ecological improvements to Mori Point envisioned by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Park Service (NPS) after the site was transferred to the NPS in 2002. This stunning 110-acre parcel, featuring ocean views from Point Reyes to Pedro Point, has been improved with new trail alignments, a dramatic stairway to the bluffs, and three ponds dug as habitat for the snake's preferred prey, the threatened California red-legged frog.
Community support has been--and will continue to be--an integral component to the rehabilitation of the fragile ecosystem at Mori Point, as well as to sustainable public use for recreation and enjoyment. More than 1,400 neighbors and friends of the park have volunteered 40,000 hours toward removing invasive plants, salvaging native ones, collecting seed, installing protective fencing, and supporting trail construction.
The April 26 event--organized by the Parks Conservancy, NPS, and Pacifica Liaison Committee--celebrates the community's achievements through hikes, hands-on activities, and volunteer opportunities. The day also pays tribute to the late Congressman Tom Lantos, who authored pieces of legislation to create national park sites throughout San Mateo County--including Mori Point, Sweeney Ridge, and Milagra Ridge.
Restoration at Mori Point is led by the National Park Service, the Parks Conservancy's Site Stewardship Program, and Trails Forever (an initiative of the NPS, Parks Conservancy, and Presidio Trust to improve trails in the Golden Gate National Parks).
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy's work at Mori Point has been generously supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, California Coastal Conservancy, Oracle, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and the National Park Service Challenge Cost Share Program.
MORI POINT PRESS KIT
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ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY
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David Shaw Director of Communications, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy (415) 561-3064 firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
The Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. The Conservancy is an authorized “cooperating association” of the National Park Service, and is one of more than 70 such nonprofit organizations working with national parks around the country. To learn more, please visit www.parksconservancy.org or call (415) 561-3000.
About the National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior charged with managing the preservation and public use of America’s most significant natural, scenic, historic, and cultural treasures. The NPS manages the Golden Gate National Parks, as well as 394 other park sites across the U.S. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/goga or call (415) 561-4700.