Whetting Interest in Wetlands Restoration, Part 1, by Chris Benz

This year the Napa Group was awarded $5000 from the Rolhoff Bequest to partner with the American Canyon Community and Parks Foundation (ACCPF) and provide educational materials on sea level rise. It will also demonstrate how the Sierra Club is working for the protection and preservation of San Francisco Bay. (Photo credit: Nick Cheranich)

This article describes what we’ve learned about the importance of local efforts to restore tidal wetlands in Napa County. The first opportunity to share these stories with our community took place at a trailside “pop-up” event on July 25 at Wetlands Edge trail in American Canyon. The event featured ACCPF’s trailside learning center, the “Outdoor Connection”.

Napa Group’s student intern, Paulina Zambrano, along with ExCom members Scott Thompson and Nick Cheranich, were at the event on a beautiful afternoon, helping happy hikers understand the importance of restoring the Wetlands in order to help combat climate change. (Photo credit: Nick Cheranich)

Wetlands Edge trail is an ideal location to provide information about the importance of restoring wetlands. It serves as a multi-use trail that winds its way along approximately 180 acres of restored tidal marsh wetlands and connects to the Napa River Bay Trail, part of the San Francisco Bay Trail, and is heavily used by residents of all ages (and their dogs!).

Joy Hilton, Education Program Director for ACCPF, wanted to showcase information from the Sierra Club’s Bay Alive campaign at Wetlands Edge because “so many people use the wetlands trails recreationally but don’t have a good understanding of why this is such a special place.” (Photo caption: Ribbon-cutting ceremony in May of the Outdoor Connection trailer. Photo credit: Nick Cheranich)

When we started gathering information to present, we spoke with Dani Zacky, the Chapter Organizer for the San Francisco Bay Chapter. Dani works on shoreline campaigns, and she provided information about the Club’s Bay Alive campaign. This program started in 2020 with a bequest from the Rohloff estate for the protection and preservation of San Francisco Bay. The Rohloff Bequest provides funds to the Loma Prieta, SF Bay, and Redwood Chapters, as well as Sierra Club California, for Bay protection.