Join the Pedro Point Headlands Stewardship Teams, Saturday, Jan 9


By on Sat, January 2, 2010

Barry Parr
Pacifica Land Trust led this hike of the headlands in 2008

If you are interested in exploring the headlands, working with volunteers, and planning projects to preserve and protect the Headlands in 2010 you are invited to join one of the stewardship teams and attend a "play" party on Saturday, January 9th from 9.40 am to 12.30pm.  Volunteers will meet at the Pedro Point Shopping Center at 9.40 am and carpool up to the headlands via the gate off of Hwy 1.  There they will meet with their stewardship team and walk the headlands to determine their team’s plan for 2010.

The five stewardship teams for the Pedro Point Headland Property, now owned by the State of California and the City of Pacifica but destined to become a future GGNRA park, are Habitat Restoration, Trails, Signage, Safety/Monitoring, and the History of the Headlands. Individuals can volunteer for more than one team.  Each team will plan, prioritize, and lead volunteer work parties in the area of their expertise to preserve and protect the headland property.

If it is raining, volunteers are asked to bring their rain gear and meet at the Pedro Point Firehouse on Danman Road where everyone will vote to either meet in the firehouse or to go up to the Headlands.

At the last workshop in November several dozen excited volunteers gathered at the Firehouse to explore opportunities, gather information about the Headland property, and establish teams for the 5 work groups. Since this gathering, a number of meetings have been held with the National Parks Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy about habitat restoration and trails restoration so that our work melds nicely into their plans as the future caretakers of the property. 

The five different work groups tasks are:

Habitat Restoration Team:  Prioritize HR tasks to be done, plan/coordinate dates and leaders for work parties, determine tools needed, establish how to document results.  This team will work closely with specialists to help preserve the habitat, minimize erosion, and reduce invasive species.

Trail development team: Where to walk, what to see, and how to get to all of these places is the concern of the Trail Development team. Whether to use existing routes or to reroute them for more gentle inclines and less erosion will be one of the jobs of this team.

Signage team: This team of volunteers will work to determine, what kind, where, and the design for signs to secure the property, guide the public, and provide education about the flora and fauna of the Pedro Point Headlands.  This team will work with the agencies who own the properties to determine what is acceptable and where signs can be placed.

Safety/Monitoring Team:  This team will walk the property and explore the boundaries. Determine a language for the ridges and trails so we can be clear in our reports, discuss protocol for recording observations and reporting things of concern, and create the plan for a "Point Journal."

History Team: This team will walk the headlands, share knowledge, and explore options for uncovering and honoring the "Points"  history.

It is not too late to join one of these teams and to help preserve and protect the Headlands.  Please join us on January 9th.  If you are unable to join us but are still interested in joining one of the teams, please contact Lynn Adams, Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] or 355-1668.