Marin County Parks December 2017

Marin County Parks December 2017

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EXPLORE YOUR PARKS Your Guide to Marin County Parks & Programs WINTER 2017–2018 Paddling out on my surfboard in the wild wintertime ocean is one of my favorite Marin experiences. On chilly mornings, the echoes of distant storms ripple through the sea and salt wa- ter washes away the stresses of the world. In the quiet between waves, I might look into the dark eyes of a harbor seal, watch a distant group of sand- pipers on the beach, or spot a pelican plunging headlong into the water again and again. Stewardship of our connected waterways– ocean, bay, lagoon, marshland, creeks, and streams–is central to our work at Marin County Parks. Projects funded by Measure A are reducing sedimentation along roads and trails in open space preserves, restoring riparian habitat, cleaning trash from beaches, and designing ways to make lagoons and marshes more resilient to sea level rise. Protecting aquatic systems is critical to main- taining our water supply. Clean water also supports healthy ecosystems for the wildlife we treasure in Marin. From maintaining the small floating filtration islands in San Rafael's Lagoon Park to leading large scale, multi- year restoration projects in Bolinas Lagoon and McInnis Marsh, Marin County Parks works to support clean water. Marin's birds, mammals, fish, and amphibians, including many rare and endangered species, are relying upon us. Water is life. How can you help? Join our res- toration team at a volunteer event. Remove invasive plants at Bahia, Creekside, or Kent Island. Lend a hand to coastal cleanup at Agate or Upton beaches. And I invite every- one to take part in the national Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 15. DIRECTOR'S CORNER Max Korten Director & General Manager Marin County Parks CARING FOR WHAT WE HAVE

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