With Burleigh Murray Ranch Restoration, Earth Day Comes Early

Volunteers get back to the land in hills above Half Moon Bay.


Earth Day came a week early in Half Moon Bay when volunteers joined the California State Parks Foundation to breathe new life into a green space located in the hills above the city.

At , volunteers spent several hours continuing the effort to on April 14. They also cleared vegetation from the land surrounding a historic barn built in the 1800s, removed eucalyptus and other non-native plants, and maintained a nearby trail. Animal-proof garbage cans were also installed.

Saturday's effort was part of an Earth Day celebration of 19 service projects around California which were coordinated by the foundation. To commemorate the 15th year anniversary of the event this year, PG&E granted $15,000 towards the work day at Burleigh Murray Ranch. Eighteen other state park properties also received a similar sum as part of the Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program coordinated by State Parks and sponsored by PG&E.

Projects focused on repairs and renovations such as trail maintenance, building and installing railing and walls, historic water wheel restoration and campfire center improvements, according to the State Parks Foundation.

"Our treasured state parks need this yearly cleanup, especially at a time when environmental improvement and maintenance projects are significantly delayed or eliminated due to continued budget challenges,” said Elizabeth Goldstein, president of the foundation.

Other sponsored projects included planting native trees and community gardens, restoring wildlife habitat, updating interpretative displays and removing trash from beaches and parklands, according to the State Parks Foundation.

Burleigh Murray Ranch was the only location in San Mateo County that received funds for the 2012 Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program.

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