Implementation In Phases

Phase V
Beginning May 2014
The district is starting the fifth phase of Project Restore in the vicinity of Bon Tempe and Lagunitas lakes on the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. Unofficial trails in these popular areas have proliferated over the years, confusing hikers, providing corridors for weed migration, adding sediment to the reservoirs, disturbing sensitive plant and animal species, and fragmenting habitats.

This year’s work will complement a larger habitat restoration project planned for the meadow at Pine Point, adjacent to Bon Tempe Lake. Starting in late May, undesirable roads and trails will be decommissioned and their footprints restored to natural habitat. Non-native trees from the meadow will be removed or made into wildlife “snags,” that will provide habitat for woodpeckers and other birds. In addition, a “climate smart” revegetation program will be implemented. This will include resident local plants and local plants from hotter and drier conditions, creating a group of plants with greater potential to provide wildlife habitat and erosion control, and provide aesthetic value under a variety of future climate scenarios. 

The revegetation component is a joint project between MMWD and STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed), a program of Point Blue Conservation Science. STRAW brings together teachers, students, restoration specialists, and other community members, such as MMWD, to plan and implement watershed restoration projects. Funding for this collaboration between MMWD and STRAW comes from the North Bay Watershed Association and the Marin Chapter of the California Native Plant Society.

Click here to download a flyer.

Map of Phase V Project Areas (click to enlarge)

Project Restore 2014 Map

Phase V

- 2014


Was located in the vicinity of Bon Tempe and Lagunitas lakes. Undesirable and redundant roads and trails were decommissioned - their footprints restored to natural habitat, and the official trails were made more sustainable. The main objectives of the phase V work were to:
  • Remove trails through sensitive habitats
  • Better define the official routes with signage and markers
  • Remove invasive plants and enhance the native vegetation with a “climate smart” re-vegetation program

The re-vegetation was a joint project between MMWD and STRAW (Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed), a program of Point Blue Conservation Science. STRAW brings together teachers, students, restoration specialists, and other community members, such as MMWD, to help restore and enhance watersheds.

Phase IV

- 2012
Concentrated on an area near the top of Lagunitas - Rock Spring Road near the West Peak of Mt. Tamalpais. Unofficial trails in this area have been proliferating over the years and some pass through sensitive habitats of serpentine rock. The main objectives of the phase IV work were to:
  • Decommission non - system trails in and around sensitive habitats
  • Better define the system routes through the old air force station on West Peak
  • Minimize erosion
A flyer and map of the phase IV implementation is available online.

Phase III

- 2011
Took place in the Kent Trail – High Marsh area on the north side of Mt. Tamalpais.Unofficial trails in this area are notorious for misleading hikers resulting in many of the district’s search and rescue efforts. The main objectives of the phase III work were to:
  • Better define the system routes to help people from getting lost
  • Decommission redundant, confusing trails
  • Minimize the impact of the trail system on natural resources when practicable
A flyer and map of the phase III implementation is available online.

Phase II

- 2010
Several shortcuts in the upper Temelpa Trail were closed and signed to keep people from furthering erosion in this very steep area on the East Peak of Mt. Tamalpais, and another half mile of steep, eroding trail was decommissioned below Rifle Camp picnic area while other routes in the vicinity were improved and signed to maintain trail connectivity and clarity.

Phase I

- 2009
Nearly one mile of unofficial trails were decommissioned in the Bon Tempe Lake area. Crews physically removed unofficial trails by restoring soil profiles and encouraging natural revegetation.