Support Ridge Trail Extension Alternative that Protects Wildlife and Water Quality

Speak up for the protection of wildlife habitat, drinking water quality, and responsible public access in the San Francisco Peninsula Watershed. Send an email to the San Francisco Planning Department using the form below, by Monday, August 10, in support of the proposed Bay Area Ridge Trail extension that improves the existing docent program for hikers, cyclists and equestrians along the Fifield Cahill ridge trail north of Highway 92 and extends the Bay Area Ridge Trail along Skyline Boulevard south of Highway 92. 

What’s Happening

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) proposes to improve and develop recreational trails in the 23,000-acre Peninsula Watershed lands, owned by the City and County of San Francisco. Improvements would include enhancing the existing docent programs on the Fifield-Cahill ridge trail, creating a new half-mile long ADA trail accessed from the Fifield-Cahill ridge trail north of Highway 92, and a new six-mile long trail along the east side of Skyline Boulevard extending south from Highway 92 to the Phleger Estate (in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area) in Woodside.  

The improved docent programs and prudent location of new trails protects drinking water quality and sensitive species while also providing responsible public access to the watershed. However, to best provide for wildlife connectivity we are urging the use of wildlife friendly fencing instead of the proposed barbed wire fencing along new trail segments.

Why It Matters

The Peninsula Watershed is an important source of drinking water for over 2 million customers, and also has the highest concentration of rare, threatened, and endangered species in the nine-county Bay Area. Maintaining and improving existing supervised access in the Peninsula Watershed will help ensure that water quality and wildlife habitats are adequately protected, particularly in light of climate change.    

What You Can Do

Email Timothy Johnston of the San Francisco Planning Department using the form below, by Monday, August 10 in support of the SFPUC’s proposed extension of the Bay Area Ridge Trail south of Highway 92 and the improved docent programs on Fifield Cahill Ridge, and urge them to use wildlife friendly fencing along new trail segments. 

Thank you for speaking up for wildlife protection, drinking water quality, and public access and education in the San Francisco Peninsula Watershed! Your voice does make a difference.

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