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NPS invites public to meeting on Muir Woods improvement projects

By June 3, 2019 No Comments
Muir Woods National Monument. (Photo by Caleb Jones/Unsplash)

The National Park Service is inviting the public to attend an open house this week to learn about salmon enhancement and other improvement projects at Muir Woods National Monument.

The meeting is set for 6-8 p.m. on June 4 at the Tamalpais Valley Community Center at 203 Marin Ave. in Mill Valley. National Park Service Superintendent Laura Joss and NPS program managers will discuss projects scheduled this summer and fall that are part of a Memorandum of Understanding with Marin County.

They include the Redwood Renewal plan’s salmon enhancement work at Muir Woods and the latest data on this year’s coho salmon runs, turtle reintroduction at Muir Beach and recent otter sightings.

The park service’s Veg Team will provide information on the native plants grown for restoration sites, show samples of weeds recommended for eradication and discuss techniques for their removal.

The Redwood Renewal plan for salmon habitat enhancement between 2019 and 2022 entails removing boulders from stream banks and providing large woody debris and replacing four aging pedestrian bridges to maintain accessible crossings and improve public safety.

An adult Coho salmon. (Photo courtesy of National Park Service)

The goal of the Redwood Renewal plan’s sustainable access project for 2019-2020 is to improve visitors’ arrival experience by redesigning parking areas, pedestrian paths and constructing a new Dipsea Trail pedestrian bridge.

The Redwood Renewal plan in 2021 includes a joint road improvement project by the Federal Highway Administration and Marin County. The road between state Highway 1 and Muir Woods will be repaired and paved, drainage will be updated to better address storm water pollution and the Muir Woods Road Bridge over Redwood Creek will be replaced.

The June 4 meeting will be recorded and posted on the National Park Service’s website and social media at a future date.