Protect Habitat and Bay Access in Burlingame

Our State Lands Commission is considering the best uses for an undeveloped 9-acre property along the Burlingame Bayfront under the public trust doctrine.

What You Can Do

We need you to submit your comments to the State Lands Commission by Friday, April 6 asking for improved public access, habitat restoration, and resilient design in the face of sea level rise to ensure that this bayfront parcel stays wild and accessible.  Use the form below to send an email.

What is the Public Trust Doctrine?

The public’s right to use California’s waterways is protected by the common law doctrine of the Public Trust. Today the Public Trust refers to this right to use waterways to engage in commerce, navigation, fishing, swimming, boating, and the preservation of lands in their natural state. The Public Trust continuously evolves to protect the public’s changing use of California’s waterways.

Why This Matters

Because of competing proposals for use of this bayfront site, the State Lands Commission has decided to prepare a Public Trust Needs Assessment. The outcome of this assessment will decide whether the area should have more development or more restoration. As 90% of the Bay’s historic wetlands have been lost to development, this is a remarkable opportunity to reclaim shoreline habitat.

This is a unique opportunity to speak up for improved habitat, stronger defense against the impacts of sea level rise, and better access to the Bay for all.

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