Submitted by Lucia Bogatay, President of PHA
The tour of the Gorgas Warehouse renovation project was well attended. Rob Thomson was in charge, and Bob Maher took photos.
Our committee for History Weekend at the Mint will set up our display on Friday March 1. Bob Cherny has done panels, and Sharon is trying to find volunteers. PLEASE call her at 415 305-3045 if you can help for a couple of hours on Saturday or Sunday, March 2 and 3. It involves talking to people who stop at the table and enjoying the scene. There is a party for volunteers after the event closes on Sunday afternoon. Over 100 groups are participating this year.
We are planning PHA’s Annual Meeting for April 17th. Barbara Sokolov will be the speaker. Bob Cherny will give a talk on the wonderful Coit Tower Murals. We will be co-sponsoring it with the California Heritage Council. Date and location are pending. We are so happy that Bob Cherny is so much recovered!
People for the Parks and Presidio met on the 22 of February. The Fort Winfield Scott proposals are now due March 14. The four finalists have joined forces and will do a single proposal, but not surprisingly, needed more time. The Trust will meet to hear the proposal on April 24 and receive public comments. The decision (up or down) has been postponed until the Trust’s May 23 when the Trust has its next meeting.
The Trust reported on the status of Mountain Lake and recruiting neighbors to promise not to put alien species into the lake. They will be improving drainage to reduce seeping of golf course fertilizer into the lake. They are also reintroducing native newts into the park. They are poisonous to the touch, so signs will be needed. Pond turtles are reaching breeding age. They have made turtle crossing tunnels, so turtles can get to the uplands to nest (hopefully not in sand traps). The red-tailed hawks have been evicted from their nest by horned owls. The owls can be seen on the web cam. Coyotes will be pupping in April. This means limits on dog traffic in certain areas. The Franciscan Manzanita is being cloned, and will be planted along with a new source from Strybing Arboretum to help them to cross pollinate. The internship program is evolving. They are trying a pilot program for paid interns. A new Exhibit “Then They Came for Me” will be open at 100 Montgomery (home of Future without Violence). Tunnel tops contract documents are under review by Caltrans. Should be signed off in July.
Sharon Gadberry reported on improving the accessibility of the libraries and archives which should be available to the Public. She and Patrick Hannon are collaborating. There is much work to do to digitize and organize the Trust’s collection. Staffing problems appear to limit public access to the NPS Archive and the Maritime Museum library. Her diligence at defining the problems and trying to solve them got her a round of applause!
The Park Service is back in business, and grateful for the Trust’s help with during the shutdown. Many people contributed support during that period, which was difficult. The traffic management of the Marin Headlands is a problem. Reservations at Muir Woods have made it quieter. Lights out for birds from now until June due to migrations (night time) which are disrupted by too much night lighting. Also glass treatments needed for bird-safe buildings. Fritting and U.V. glass are two of the options.