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Restoring Green Space

We’re replanting our forest and restoring habitats so nature thrives through storms or drought.

Enhancing Nature in the Presidio

As a national park site where people live, work, and visit, the Presidio is in a unique position to model how parks and communities can respond to the loss of biodiversity and the impacts of climate change.


In coming years, we’ll stay focused on our reforestation program, which has already revitalized more than 50 acres of dying groves planted by the Army a century ago. As we replant, we’ll foster a colorful understory that attracts the birds and insects that support a diverse ecosystem.


We’ll also restore native habitats like the dunes near Baker Beach and plan for how to bring another long-missing species, the California Quail, back to the Presidio.

Yellow and Green illustrated icons for Restoring Green Spaces

What's Happening Now

Aerial view of Park Boulevard planting

Reforestation Around the Presidio

Since 2003, we’ve replanted dying groves with 9,000 young trees. In 2024, reforestation projects will be underway in the Infantry Terrace neighborhood, on Lincoln Boulevard near Baker Beach, at the Cavalry Stables, and just east of the Presidio Community YMCA.


Male banded bird perched

Bringing Back the California Quail

The official bird of the City of San Francisco and the State of California has been missing from the Presidio since 2008. We’re working with the San Francisco Estuary Institute to study how we might reintroduce them to the park.

Flock of birds on Crissy Marsh

Improving Water Quality in San Francisco Bay

As we build the Outpost Meadow picnic area in 2024/25, we’re converting 1.5-acres from asphalt into a permeable surface with coastal habitat for native plants and animals. That means the land can absorb water, reducing flooding during storms. The project will also improve water quality in San Francisco Bay by redirecting a portion of the stormwater away from storm drains and into on-site retention basins.