For 42 Years San Bruno Mountain Watch has been preserving and protecting San Bruno Mountain. For More Information Go To mountainwatch.org.
The members of San Bruno Mountain Watch have been working diligently for over thirty years to protect and preserve San Bruno Mountain as the largest and richest remaining example of the native Franciscan bioregion, elsewhere destroyed by the spread of San Francisco and its neighboring cities in the urbanized northern San Francisco Peninsula.
From our mission, to "preserve and expand the native ecosystems of San Bruno Mountain, in perpetuity," we support programs in advocacy, education, stewardship and land preservation.
•We maintain an extensive archive of documents and artifacts relating to all facets of the mountain's history both in its immediate local context and in its wide ranging significance. Slideshows, guided walks, and school programs are offered to interest the public in caring for this treasure.
• At least three work parties a week meet to fulfill our stewardship goals of protecting and restoring native plant communities. The Mission Blue Nursery was established in partnership with Friends of the Mountain to grow native San Bruno Mountain plants for the mountain.
• Mountain Watch also scrutinizes local land use policies and government / agency decisions to block further destruction and to fight for the expansion of existing natural resources. We publish a newsletter and educational materials (also republish out-of-print works) about the mountain and its endangered habitats. SBMW also issues white papers and flyers on events and issues important to regional and national endangered species preservation.
• A Conservancy Committee has been developing a land trust program to purchase or otherwise protect undeveloped parcels of land contiguous to the mountain. We have sparked interest in a "Bay to Beaches" wildlife and pedistrian corridor roughly along the San Francisco - San Mateo County border.
Some current Mountain Watch members actually spearheaded the original fight to save the mountain, leading to the creation of parklands totaling 2,200 acres under the administration of the State of California and San Mateo County. Subsequent cooperative efforts have added to this protected territory. However, the park plans excluded most of the privately owned hillside areas; these were slated to be sacrificed for development despite being large habitat centers probably essential to the mountain's endangered species.
San Bruno Mountain Watch has worked closely with other groups, including the California Native Plant Society, with whom we have worked on three additions to the mountain's list of rare and endangered species. We are affiliated with the California Endangered Species Coalition, a federation of environmental organizations working on the reauthorization and strengthening of the Federal Endangered Species Act. We have worked with the Trust for Public Land and The Archeological Conservancy to preserve the Ohlone Indian shellmounds on the border of Brisbane and South San Francisco.
San Bruno Mountain Watch remains tenacious in its defense of the mountain, applying dedication and expertise to studying it, to teaching others about its unique values, and to preserving its integrity and ensuring its future.
Produced by Keith Moreau and Sam Ellis Moreau for San Bruno Mountain Watch, "42 Years Saving San Bruno Mountain" was shot with a Sony EX1 and JVC HM100 and edited with Final Cut Pro and some footage you see here will be part of their upcoming film, "How To Save A Mountain," howtosaveamountain.com