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Richmond Field Station Restoration  

Table of Contents (links to sections below)

Ridgway's Rail Conservation

RFS Flora and Fauna Reports

Biological Assessment Reports

Management and Monitoring Reports

Physical Environment

Wildlife Gallery




In September 2002, the University of California, Berkeley, began remediation work at the Richmond Field Station (RFS) to clean up legacy pollution from industrial activities that occurred prior to UC ownership of the land. While much of the south Richmond Shoreline was historically heavily industrialized and transformed into urban landscape, the unique history of the RFS allowed patches of marsh and coastal prairie to escape development. Post-remediation restoration of excavated areas will expand and enhance existing natural resources at the RFS, some of which are rare and unique remnants of ecosystems that existed before modern development of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Today, the RFS contains the last undisturbed coastal terrace grassland adjacent to the San Francisco Bay shoreline, seasonal wetlands, a large area of marsh consisting of native cordgrass (Spartina foliosa) and other vegetation that provide habitat for the endangered California Clapper Rail (Railus longirostris obsoletus), tidal mudflats and eelgrass beds. The six + acres of coastal prairie contains a rich assortment of native grasses and forbs, including a very rare patch of slender wheatgrass (Elymus trachycaulus). These resources have been identified as areas of Unique Restoration Opportunities in the Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Report (http://www.sfei.org/sfbaygoals/docs/goals1999/outline.html) completed through the Wetlands Ecosystems Goals Project.

This page presents reports on the natural resources of the RFS including project plans for restoration and monitoring. This page is under construction. We hope to make this page a repository of data and reports on flora, fauna and the physical environment at the RFS as a resource for future studies. Please submit material for posting on this page to the campus Office of Environment, Health & Safety.

Wildlife Gallery  

2002. Pre-excavation. photo showing distressed vegetation from acidic drainage into Western Stege Marsh.


March 2005. Western Stege Marsh one year after Phase 2 excavation and back-fill with clean bay mud.


June 2006. Marsh and ecotone showing areas re-vegetated by active planting and natural recruitment of native marsh plants.




September 2008 Western Stege Marsh marsh gumplant (Grindelia stricta)

Biological Assessment Reports  
  November 13, 2001 Evaluation of the Zeneca Richmond Facility as Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse Habitat, Howard Shellhammer, H. t. Harvey & Associates [493 KB pdf file]  

June 5, 2002 Letter to US Fish and Wildlife Service, Section 7 Consultation Supplemental Information [22MB pdf file]

July 23, 2003 Richmond Field Station Remediation Project Biological Assessment Report [7 MB pdf file]

CEQA Initial Study: May 28, 2003 Richmond Field Station Remediation Project Initial Study California Environmental Quality Act [16 MB pdf file]

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Management and Monitoring Plans and Reports  
  January 2004, Exotic/Invasive Vegetation Management Program [2 MB pdf file]

January 2004, Feral Animal Management Program [2 MB pdf file]


February 2004, Western Stege Marsh and Ecotone Revegetation Plan, Aquatic Outreach Institute [127 KB pdf file]

February 2004, Western Stege Marsh Upland Revegetation Plan, Aquatic Outreach Institute [194 KB pdf file]


August 2004 Western Stege Marsh Restoration Project Monitoring Plan, BBL [6MB pdf file]

August 2005 Western Stege Marsh Restoration Project Year 1 Monitoring Report [17 MB pdf file]

September 28,2006 Fertility Recommendations for RFS Wetland Restoration, Tetratech [66 KB pdf file]  

June 2007 Wester Stege Marsh Restoration Project Monitoring Spring 2007, The Watershed Project [461 KB pdf file]

Spring 2007 Vegetation Monitoring Photos [ 38,340 MB pdf file]

  November 15, 2007 Year 2 Monitoring Report for the Western Stege Marsh Restoration Project [17 MB pdf file]  
  March 7, 2008 Western Stege Marsh Restoration Project Vegetation Monitoring Report 2007, May Associates [36.6 MB pdf file]  
  March 11, 2008 Aquamaster Use Notification [321 KB pdf file], Aquamaster MSDS [45 KB pdf file], Blazon MSDS [18 KB pdf file], Competitor MSDS [26 KB pdf file]  
  March 25, 2008 DTSC Approval Letter for Aquamaster Use [17 KB pdf file]  
  January 2009 Western Stege Marsh Restoration Project: Vegetation Monitoring Report 2008 May & Associates, Inc. (45.1 MB pdf file)  
  March 19, 2009 Year 3 Monitoring Report for the Western Stege Marsh Restoration Project [40.6MB pdf file]  
  August 12, 2009 Year 4 Monitoring Report for the Western Stege Marsh Restoration Project [23 MB pdf file]  
  December 2009 Western Stege Marsh Restoration Project Vegetation Monitoring Report - 2009 May & Associates [11.4 MB pdf file}  

East Stege Marsh fifth year monitoirng report. This report provides monitoring results, including photosurveys of the neighboring East Stege Marsh restoration at the Campus Bay/ former Zeneca site.

Fifth Annual Monitoring Report East Stege Marsh Monitoring Plan Implementation Campus Bay Richmond, California, September 30, 2010 ARCADIS Text and Tables [2770 KB pdf file],


October 6, 2010 Year 5 Monitoring Report for the Western Stege Marsh Restoration Project

Report (including figures, table, and appendicies) [3.8 MB pdf file]

Attachment 1 Year 5 Hydrologic Monitoring Report, Kamman Hydrology [48 MB pdf file]

Attachment 2 Vegetation Monitoring Report 2009, May & Associates [11.5 MB pdf file]

  November 11, 2010 DTSC Comments on the Year 5 Monitoring Report [173 KB pdf file]  
  May 16, 2011 Response to DTSC Comments on the Year 5 Monitoring Report [176 KB pdf file]  
  July 27, 2011 DTSC Concurrence Letter of May 16, 2011 Response to Comments on Year 5 Marsh Monitoring Report [696 KB pdf file]  
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Ridway's Rail in East Stege Marsh January 2015 (photo by Karl Hans)

Ridgway's Rail Conservation

Note: As of July 2014, the formerly known as California Clapper Rail is now called the Ridway's Rail. The American Ornithology Union approved this change due to new genetic studies that looked at the relatedness of big rails as described in the following from the American Birding Association Bloghttp://blog.aba.org/2014/07/2014-aou-check-list-supplement-is-out.html:

Stege Marsh Ridgway's Rails powerpoint [11.2 MB ppt file]

Clapper Rail Split

Mangrove Rail* (Rallus longirostris) Ridgway’s Rail (Rallus obsoletus) Clapper Rail (Rallus crepitans)

Recent genetic studies have looked at the relatedness of the New World “big rails”, that is, what we have traditionally known as Clapper Rail and King Rail. King Rail was split into two species, and Clapper Rail into three. (For an article on the different “Clapper Rails” in the ABA Area, check out the Sep/Oct 2013 issue of Birding.) Finally, Robert Ridgway has an English bird name to celebrate his storied contributions to North American ornithology! Ridgway’s Rail includes the “California” (obsoletus), “Yuma” (yumanensis), and “Light-footed” (levipes) subspecies, plus others further south in Mexico. Any “Clapper Rail” observed in California, Nevada, or Arizona is now this species. The name “Clapper Rail” was retained for the birds on the east coast of the U.S. (this species also extends partially into Middle America and the Caribbean), but its scientific name has changed. Mangrove Rail is thought to be restricted to coastal South America.

Free-Roaming Cat and Other Animal Feeding Prohibition

Beginning May 2008, the University instituted a prohibition on feeding free-roaming cats and other wildlife at the RFS as it was determined that feeding had become a significant source of predator pressure at the RFS. For more information, see the Prohibition on Feeding Free-Roaming Cats flyer.



Clapper Rail Videos:


October 23, 2017 multiple rails calling in Western Stege Marsh [65 MB movie file]

October 23, 2017 juvenile rail in Western Stege Marsh  [56 MB movie file]

December 9, 2010 Clapper Rail Calling at Meeker Slough


March 15, 2010 two rail clips (Baxter Creek and Western Stege Marsh)



September 17, 2009 clapper rail fledglings in RFS Western Stege Marsh:


September 3, 2009 clapper rail clatter call at Meeker Slough:



April 5, 2018 Meeker Slough [87 MB movie}


May 1, 2009 Clapper Rail Video at Meeker Slough

On May 1, 2009 UC Berkeley staff working on restoring portions of Western Stege Marsh observed one of these reclusive birds from the Bay Trail at Meeker Slough and filmed it bathing in slough. To watch the approximately one minute video clip go to the following youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeorQuecEAE


California Clapper Rail Conservation Brochure [1,343 KB pdf file]

Army Corps of Engineers Permit with US Fish and Wildlife Service Section 7 Consultation: September 4, 2003 Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, File Number 28135S- Western Stege Marsh Remediation and Restoration (Army Nationwide Permit 38 Authorization) [1,213 KB pdf file]

Ridway's Rail (Railus longirostris obsoletus) in Stege Marsh 2005. Photo courtesy of The Watershed Project. For more information on the Calfornia Clapper Rail see US Fish and Wildlife Endangered Species Program information at http://www.fws.gov/pacific/sacramento/ es/animal_spp_acct/clapper_rail.htm  
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Clapper rail chicks at Meeker Slough- photographed August 21, 2008 (photo courtesy of Denise White)

RFS Flora and Fauna
  Botanical Survey Report Northern Regional Library Facility, Phase IV  June 20, 107 Rana Creek Habitat Restoration [5,062 KB pdf file]  
  Current Floral Compendium November 2013 Update [300 KB pdf file]  
  Coastal Terrace Prairie Management Plan, April 2014 Mark Stromberg [1.3 MB pdf file]  
  Spring 2012 ESPM 187 Conservation of the Remnant Coastal Prairie at UC Berkeley's Richmond Field Station, Cai & Dionnelly-Shores, et. al. [1.6 MB pdf file]  
  Current RFS Flora- Uplands and Marsh (July 2010 update) [ 236 KB pdf file]  
  RFS Invasive Weeds Annual Calendar [ 148 KB pdf file]  
  RFS Weeds Worker Training Manual [2.9 MB pdf file]  
  "The Natural Areas of the University of California Richmond Field Satation" Joyce Gutstein, Spring 1989 SEEHRL Report [676 KB pdf file]  
  Existing Conditions of Grassland Resources, Richmond Research Center Master Plan Environemental Impact Report, November 16, 1993 Brady & Associates [ 1.2 MB pdf file]  
  "Fighting Invasives, one root ball at a time" ( November 5, 2003 Berkeleyan article)  
  "UC Richmond Field Station's Remnant Coastal Terrace Prairie", David Amme, 2005 [494 KB pdf file]  
  August 10, 2007 Botanical Survey Report, URS Corp. [11.7 MB pdf file]  
  October 2007 Habitat Restoration Progress Report, The Watershed Project [4.8 MB pdf file] plus Appendices [26.5 MB pdf file]  
  1992 and 1994 Lepidotera surveys by Jerrry A. Powell August 1992 [977 KB pdf file] and November 1994 Revision [1.1 MB pdf file]  
  RFS Natural History Floral and Fauna 2013 ESPM 187 ppt [32 MB ppt file]  
  2007 Harding Grass Management in RFS Coastal Prairie, Stafford, M. [32 MB ppt file]  
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Physical Environment
  Bay Area Air Quality Management District UC Richmond meterological station  
  2009 NOAA Tide Tables for Richmond Inner Harbor Station ID: 9414849  
  Tide and Current Predictor for Richmond Inner Harbor  
  Southeast Richmond Watershed Map [5.5MB pdf file] Courtesy Oakland Museum  
  Tsunami Inundation Map Richmond Quadrangle, 2009 Cal EMA  and clip with BGC  
  Coastal Prairie native and rare taxa maps [519 KB pdf]  
  Coastal Prairie Big Meadow 2016 and 2017 mow lines [560 KB pdf]  
  Coastal Prairie Big Meadow 2016 and 2017 mow lines with native richness [1,549 KB pdf]  
  2007 Big Meadow and Northwest Meadow Sensitive Plants [URS 2.6 MB pdf}  
  Habitat Areas with Acreage (Eco-Risk Strategy Map 2009) [1,237 KB pdf)  
  October 2017 Big Meadow burn area with 2017 mow lines [1.1 MB pdf]  
  October 2017 Big Meadow burn area with 2017 mow lines and richness [1.5 MB pdf]  
  2016 Big Meadow Picris echioides removal [503 KB pdf]  
  Coastal Prairie mow guidelines and maps [715 KB pdf]  
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