Before the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, Bair Island, located in Redwood City, was one of the largest wetlands restoration project in California. After 14 years since the refuge acquired the property, the project is nearing completion with a new pedestrian bridge and re-alignment of the Inner Bair Island Trail. Below are links to documents about the project, and to the most current updates.
Update - January 21, 2016
All Inner Bair Island Trails are now open.
Update - December 20, 2015
Short trail to observation deck is now open. Longer, 1.7 mile trail will be fully open in spring 2016.
Update - June 11, 2013
Work being completed on Inner Bair and trail access
Update - June 9, 2013
Q & A About SBSA’s 48-inch Force
Main Reliability Improvements Project: Unit 1 – Maple Street to
Update - June 2, 2013
The pedestrian bridge to the Bair Island Trail will be controlled June 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014 to install a 48" force main pipe along the levee.
See map (490 kB, pdf)
Update - April 24, 2013
The Bair Island Restoration Project is nearing completion. A small section of the Inner Bair Island Trail is now open.
Restoration Begins on Bair Island (2010)
This update from Feb 2010 summarizes the activities occurring on Bair Island and visitor enhancement facilities planned.
The Story of Bair Island (2010)
Carolyn and Ralph Nobles, credited with saving Bair Island from development, are recognized in this story written for the fall 2010 issue of Tideline.
Restoration & Management Plan (2006)
Read the Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report for the restoration and management of Bair Island.
Refuge Acquires Bair Island (1999)
Read how it how the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge acquired Bair Island in back in 1999.