Endangered San Francisco species found thriving in wetlands at SFO – CBS San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (CBS SF) – An undeveloped piece of land belonging to San Francisco International Airport is home to a thriving population of an endangered snake species, a recent study found, said Wednesday airport officials.
The study, commissioned by the US Geological Survey and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, found that the 180-acre patch of wetlands and uplands is home to some 1,300 San Francisco garter snakes – the largest concentration found to date. day.
The land, known as the West-of-Bayshore and off-limits to the public, is also home to the California Red-legged Frog. The California red-legged frog and the California garter snake are both considered federally protected species.
“These results validate the environmental stewardship programs we have put in place to ensure that endangered species can survive and thrive at SFO,” said Natalie Reeder, SFO Wildlife Biologist.
According to airport officials, SFO’s efforts have helped improve habitat, including an annual visit by goats for fire prevention.
In 2008, the SFO began its recovery action plan, which aimed to stabilize or increase the population of snakes and frogs. In 2014, SFO was recognized for its recovery efforts with an Environmental Excellence Award from the Airports Council International North America.
More information on SFO’s stewardship of the West-of-Bayshore property can be found at http://flysfo.com/environment/west-bayshore
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