May 2021
A man in a brimmed hat uses a tool to collect seeds from a nursery plant
A volunteer collects native seed and plant material in the nursery. Photo: Save The Bay.
Partner Profile: Save The Bay - South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project

Save The Bay has been working since 1961 on projects to protect, restore, and celebrate San Francisco Bay. The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast. When complete, the project will restore 15,100 acres of industrial salt ponds to a rich mosaic of tidal wetlands and other habitats. These salt ponds are a critical stop along the Pacific Flyway for migratory birds.

Individuals, families, and community groups are encouraged to join public restoration programs. Volunteers at the Ravenswood Ponds portion of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project pull several species of invasive plants throughout the spring and summer, including: black mustard (Brassica nigra), fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Russian thistle (Salsola tragus), and stinkwort (Dittrichia graveleons). Volunteers also maintain the onsite division bed nursery, and collect native seed and vegetative plant material. Native species grown at the nursery are harvested and relocated to the project's habitat restoration area in the rainy season. Nursery-grown species include creeping wild rye, salt grass, western goldenrod, marsh baccharis, ragweed, and more.

Questions? Please contact Giancarlo "Charlie" Onorati, Restoration Education Program Coordinator, Save The Bay ( or Dave Halsing, Project Manager, South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project (
You can protect and restore the Bay!
Most Save The Bay public programs occur on Saturday mornings, but there are occasional weekday public programs to assist within our native plant nurseries. 

Join us! All Restoration Volunteer Programs include:
  • At least one Project Leader from the Habitat Restoration Team, certified in Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Introduction to Save The Bay and San Francisco Bay history and ecology
  • Gloves, tools, and all necessary equipment
  • Restoration project direction and tool safety instruction
  • Sunscreen and water
  • No experience necessary
Women in hats and warm clothes bend over to pull weeds out of a grassy field by a rope fence
Photo: Save The Bay.
Learn more invasive plants at the Cal-IPC 30-Year Anniversary Symposium, Oct. 26-29, 2021
Join us to connect, celebrate, and share knowledge. Our online platform has plenty of opportunities for interaction while keeping costs down for attendees.
·   Session talks, discussion groups, poster sessions, and opportunities to connect with sponsors and colleagues.
·   Statewide WMA Meeting
·   Herbicide Laws & Regulations
·   Early Career Panel
·   Exhibitor Gallery
Early Bird rates end Aug. 20. Don't wait!
Composite image of a woman in a face mask crouched to pull weeds a man in a hard hat reaching up to grab Arundo a group of people with a smiling woman in the lead hauling trash bags and a person scaling the side of a cliff
Photo, left to right: Emily Repech, American Conservation Experience, Michael Viramontes, Aaron Echols
Join Cal-IPC to support wildland volunteers across the state!
Cal-IPC is proud to bring you free wildland volunteer training sessions, resources, and connections to the weed warrior community.

Help us keep up the good work by joining as a member. Your member support makes it all possible!
Two volunteers in face masks hunch over the ground to pull weeds one stops to smile at the camera
Photo: Emily Repech
Find more Wildland Volunteer Network resources online
Looking for more ways to connect? Find resources on the Wildland Volunteer Network section of Cal-IPC's website:

  • Online map of Bay Area volunteer projects
  • Organizations to volunteer with, sorted by county*
  • Archive of email newsletters with partner profiles

*You may need to check organizational websites to confirm if volunteer programs have restarted.
A woman bends over the inspect plants in raised beds
Photo: Save The Bay.
The Wildland Volunteer Network helps strengthen volunteer connections in the Bay Area and beyond. Learn more about WVN.