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Restoring Presidio Hills Native Habitat

In 2019 we removed a stand of rapidly declining Monterey pine trees from a three-acre area along the Mountain Lake Trail behind the Presidio Landmark apartments and replanted the site with native trees and plants including oaks, coastal dune scrub species, and the federally endangered San Francisco lessingia, a dune annual wildflower. This rare plant can only be found in the Presidio and in one location in Daly City. Over the past two decades, the Presidio Trust and the National Park Service have brought this plant back from the brink of extinction by expanding the sandy dune habitat here that allows it to thrive.

About Restoration in the Presidio

The Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy work together to restore the Presidio’s open spaces according to the Vegetation Management Plan, a blueprint for preserving the Presidio’s native habitats, historic forests, and designed landscapes. Since 2001, we have restored over 78 acres of the Native Plant Community Zone with the help of 160,000 volunteer hours. If you’d like to help with the planting and stewarding of these areas, email

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