Redwoods Restoration

Deepening understanding of Roy's Redwoods, to set restoration priorities.

Community Meetings

The MCOSD conducted a number of public information meetings, workshops, and field walks between March 2017 and November 2020. The primary purpose of these meetings was to inform stakeholders about project concepts to improve public access and restored the hydrologic function of the valley floor through the redwood forest and to collect public input about the project..

Neighborhood Outreach

The MCOSD and the Parks Conservancy presented the project to the San Geronimo Planning Group on May 12, 2022 with a follow-up site visit a couple weeks later. MCOSD presented the proposed project to the Marin Conservation League in October 2022.

The MCOSD and the Parks Conservancy made presentations about the project to the San Geronimo Valley Stewards and the French Ranch Home Owners Association on November 9, 2020 and December 2, 2020 respectively. The meeting involved discussions regarding the recent increase in visitation, visitor use impacts, and parking. Discussions also included restroom limitations, groundwater and streamflow data collection, construction impacts, and funding.

The MCOSD met with local environmental educators on November 11, 2019 to discuss the plans and to collect feedback.

Stakeholder Workshop

The MCOSD and One Tam held a stakeholder workshop on August 2, 2017 to introduce the project and project goals, share work completed to date, and to gather additional knowledge of the site. Participants were asked to contribute knowledge and ideas regarding biological resources, visitor circulation, visitor experience, and visitor uses. This workshop confirmed that resource protection, habitat restoration, and an improved visitor experience was desired by stakeholders. Along with identifying key visitor destinations, the workshop established that the lack of a formal trail system is understood to be detrimental to biological resources but also degrades the visitor experience. Participants expressed the importance of retaining access to Roy’s Redwoods for local schools and environmental education opportunities.

Bioblitz 2017

On March 25, 2017, 23 volunteers of all ages came to the Roy’s Redwoods Open Space Preserve for the first One Tam Bioblitz of 2017. Along with staff and interns from the MCOSD, the Parks Conservancy, and the Marin Municipal Water District, the group divided into teams to survey four areas including grasslands, meadow, redwood forest, and mixed evergreen forest.

Roy's Redwoods Walk & Talk with Jean Berensmeier

On November 4, 2017, staff from the MCOSD and the Parks Conservancy teamed up with Jean Berensmeier to lead a site visit and short hike at Roy’s Redwoods Open Space Preserve. The project team introduced the effort to study restoration and visitor experience improvement opportunities at Roy’s Redwoods Open Space Preserve.

Roy's Redwoods Field Day

On May 12, 2018, staff from the MCOSD and the Parks Conservancy hosted an on-site workshop which was advertised to the community. Approximately 30 community members attended the event. The project team discussed the project, presented the findings of the visitor use survey and site-analysis to date, and engaged the attendees in conversation about the project, knowledge of the site, and ideas for enhancement. A hydrologist from Prunuske Chatham, Inc. also presented preliminary findings of the hydrology study and impacts to the hydrologic function from visitor use. Finally, a National Park Service interpretive ranger and naturalist led the group on a walk through a portion of the redwood grove identifying natural resources present and discussed challenges with balancing resource protection and visitor experience of the redwoods.

Feedback was solicited informally from the attendees by the project team throughout the day. A consensus was heard with support for a project that restored the hydrologic function of the site, improved protection of the biological resources, and enhanced the visitor experience of the redwood forest while minimizing visitor impacts.

Community and Public Meetings

The MCOSD and the Parks Conservancy hosted a community meeting on July 31, 2019 to present the draft concept plan to interested members of the public. The project team introduced ideas for restoring the hydrologic function of the alluvial valley, improving redwood forest and wetland habitats, and guiding visitors through the immersive and inclusive access experience of the redwoods. The meeting was designed to gather feedback on initial project concepts. One Tam followed up with emails to the project stakeholder and community email list to provide a draft project map and a link to the information presented at the community meeting. One Tam distributed the email on August 7, 2019.

Environmental Roundtable Meetings

The Environmental Roundtable is a forum facilitated by the MCOSD and includes two representatives from each of the following environmental organizations: California Native Plant Society, Sierra Club, Friends of Corte Madera Creek, Marin Conservation League, Environmental Forum of Marin, and Marin Audubon Society. The purpose of the Environmental Roundtable is to facilitate a natural resource focused discussion and exchange of ideas between the MCOSD and members of the community as it relates to natural resources management and project development. The proposed project has been presented at Environmental Roundtable meetings regularly between 2019 and 2022.

Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission

The Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission advises the Marin County Board of Supervisors regarding parks and open space policy and conducts public hearings on parks and open space matters considered for recommendation to the Board when appropriate. There are seven members appointed by the Board of Supervisors, each having demonstrated expertise and interest in subject areas and disciplines beneficial to the county's provision of parks and open space stewardship, facilities, programs, and services. The MCOSD staff presented the proposed project to the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission on September 19, 2019, and September 15th, 2022.

Marin Project Coordination Meetings

Marin Countywide Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program holds monthly project coordination meetings designed to review and guide projects through the environmental and regulatory permit process. These meetings are intended to provide a forum for interaction and input, not public comment or regulatory action. The MCOSD presented the proposed project at a Marin Project Coordination meeting on May 2, 2019 and hosted a site visit for regulatory agency staff on June 3, 2019 to provide the participants with information on the project and project background. The MCOSD also presented the Stage 0 hydrologic restoration concept on February 6, 2020.

Region 2 Designation

Roy’s Redwoods Open Space Preserve is located within Region 2. The road and trail designation for Region 2 occurred in late 2015. The Region 2 Designation Workshop was held on October 3, 2015. Following the workshop, the public had an opportunity to view and comment on the proposed road and trail system for Region 2.