San Francisco WUI Project Helps Refuge Neighbors

Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge - 2001

Don Edwards San Francisco NWR is one of the premier urban refuges in the country. Located in the San Francisco Bay area it is surrounded by an extremely dense wildland urban interface zone, making it the perfect candidate for a fuels removal project in 2001.

The first work was proposed in Mayhews Landing, a 120-home subdivision that borders the refuge. To protect the residents and the community, it was selected for immediate mitigation. This neighborhood had homes with backyards and overgrown plank wood fences directly adjacent to refuge land. In many places the tangle of grass, brush, and trees totally obscured fences. The California Conservation Corps crews, along with the residents, removed brush adjacent to the homes and created a 30-foot wide fire line along the perimeter of the refuge.

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