A wild relic of San Francisco’s natural history, the 60-acre Presidio bluffs are home to around 25% of the plant diversity found within the Golden Gate National Parks. In 2006, the Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Presidio Trust began to undo some of the damage that had been caused by social trails, invasive plants, and by past military uses.
Projects have included the construction of the Batteries to Bluffs Trail, the development of new visitor overlooks, the decommissioning of social trails, and the removal of invasive trees and plants along with historic forest and native species habitat restoration. These activities have reconnected fragmented habitats and increased plant and animal diversity, while trail work has improved visitor access and reduced erosion.
In 2010, the Conservancy’s Park Stewardship Program joined the Presidio Park Stewards to expand volunteer restoration programs at the Presidio Bluffs. These volunteers have given tens of thousands of hours to protect endangered species, restore native habitat, improve trails, and rehabilitate cultural resources.
In addition to donations from thousands of individual community members, this project has received support from the following:
- Evelyn And Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation