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July 28, 2005

The second meeting of the Zeneca Community Advisory Group (CAG) was held on July 28, 2005. Members voted to include one or two RFS staff, at least one current employee and possibly a former employee. A subcommittee was established to develop a process to select members. It will report back on the process at the next Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting on September 1, 2005.

Western Stege Marsh of the RFS is home to a rare federally listed endangered species, the California clapper rail (Railis longirostris obsoletus). Once common in the Bay Area, rail populations plummeted to around 1000 by the end of the 20th century. The clapper rail breeding season officially designated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service extends from February 1 to August 31. No disturbance is allowed within 200 feet of breeding habitat during that period, which is the reason why marsh remediation work only occurs in the Fall, after September 1.