About Acterra Stewardship

Acterra Stewardship helps restore degraded habitats to promote healthier, more biologically diverse ecosystems, and uses habitat restoration as a vehicle to educate and inspire adults and youth to understand and appreciate the natural world — both its beauty and the important services it provides.

The projects of our Stewardship Program are the Bay Trail, Foothills Park, Los Altos Hills Open Space Preserves, Los Altos Redwood Grove and Adobe Creek, Pearson-Arastradero Preserve Stewardship Project, Permanente Creek, the San Francisquito and Matadero Creeks, Stevens Creek, and our Native Plant Nursery. Each of these projects has both a habitat restoration and/or beautification component and an educational component. All projects depend heavily upon volunteers from the community to accomplish their work. And each provides many volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups — from involvement in regularly scheduled or specially arranged restoration workdays to more in-depth long-term experiences as assistants in our native plant nursery, streamkeepers in the watershed or docents at the Arastradero Preserve. In the process of volunteering in our Stewardship Program, volunteers provide a valuable community service and also become educated about our native ecosystem and the importance of restoring it to health.

Map of Stewardship Restoration Sites

Bay Trail Stewardship Project — We're leading community efforts to clean up the trail, remove noxious weeds from sensitive habitat, and landscape key areas of the trail with locally native plants.

Foothills Park Restoration Project — Acterra — in combined effort with The Friends of Foothills Park — will work to eradicate invasive species, rally volunteers, and help return native plants to the landscape.

Los Altos Hills Open Space Preserves — As of April 2014, Acterra began stewardship of Byrne, Juan Prado Mesa and O’Keefe Open Space Preserves.

Pearson-Arastradero Preserve Stewardship Project — Involves hundreds of individual volunteers and members of groups each year to restore damaged habitat on this nature preserve owned by the City of Palo Alto.

Permanente Creek Project — Acterra, Google, and the Santa Clara Valley Water District are partnering together to enhance a stretch of Permanente Creek that runs through central Google campus in Mountain View.

Redwood Grove & Adobe Creek Project — Brings community volunteers together to improve ecosystem health of the 5.7-acre Redwood Grove Nature Preserve owned by the City of Los Altos by removing invasive plants, installing natives, and creating habitat for native wildlife.

San Francisquito & Matadero Creeks Project — Engages hundreds of volunteers each year in restoring damaged riparian areas in the creek and its tributaries in the 47.5 square mile watershed extending from Skyline Boulevard to the San Francisco Bay.

Stevens Creek Project — We provide volunteers of all ages with fun opportunities to learn about neighborhood creek habitats and contribute to healthy watersheds through hands-on projects.

Native Plant Nursery — Involves dedicated volunteers in propagating over 20,000 native plants each year for use in the above-mentioned projects and in educating the public about the important role of native plants in a healthy ecosystem.

Thank You to Our Funders
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