From collecting seeds to weeding natural areas and pruning trees, active stewardship is essential to preserving the Presidio’s open spaces. The Presidio Trust is engaging partners and a growing cadre of volunteers in all aspects of stewardship.
Stewardship at the Presidio is rooted in the Trust’s partnership with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Together the agencies provide volunteer programs that bring additional resources to the park and also enhance the benefits the Presidio provides to the community.
Stewardship programs educate and inspire young people about the importance of public lands and urban nature; they provide a social hub where people from all walks of life share their experiences; they help other organizations build stronger teams. Above all, they bring people together to serve their community and care for their park. In 2011, more than 7,668 community volunteers gave 80,486 hours working in the forest and tree care, gardening, habitat restoration, landscape care, nursery, trail maintenance, and archaeology programs.
Partnership goes hand in hand with stewardship, and love of the Presidio has shaped many different kinds of partnerships. Together the Trust and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy have partnered with philanthropists, foundations, and other grant-making organizations to improve the Presidio’s natural areas and open spaces, to renovate and expand Rob Hill Campground, and to build hiking and biking trails and scenic overlooks. With a lead gift from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the Presidio has received $27.7 million over the past five years.
The Trust has also developed partnerships with more than 40 educational, scientific, and resource-preservation institutions. These partnerships bring cutting edge research to the Presidio, deepen our understanding of the resources, advance best practices, and develop a new generation of environmental leaders. Concepts of biodiversity, urban ecology, and California history become tangible for students; civic ideals of service, stewardship, and environmental responsibility become life-long commitments.