Cullinan Ranch Tidal Wetland Restoration Field Trip

Tidal Wetland Restoration Field Trip Featuring:
Cullinan Ranch
August 18, 2015
9:30am – 3:00pm
Sonoma Baylands Center

Join us for an opportunity to learn and interact with the managers and scientists leading restoration efforts at Cullinan Ranch.


Cullinan Ranch is situated in the Napa River delta and was once a network of deep tidal channels and vegetated marsh plain. A century of active farming has caused the land to sink as the rich organic soils of the marsh dried out, oxidized and literally blew away in the wind. Currently the site has subsided some 5 to 6 feet below mean sea level. This field trip will provide a hands-on opportunity to learn and interact with managers, biologists, and engineers involved in the Cullinan Ranch Restoration Project .

Major project elements of the restoration include:

  • Construction of a levee to protect low lying portions of Highway 37
  • Erosion protection on the slopes of the highway embankment
  • Improvements to access the public parking lot at Pond 1 from the highway
  • Public use elements including trails, a fishing pier and a kayak launching dock
  • Breaching and lowering of perimeter levee
  • Beneficial use of dredged sediment

Featured speakers include: Don Brubaker, US Fish and Wildlife Service; Brenda Goeden, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission; Craig Garner, Renee Spenst, Russ Lowgren and Steve Carroll; Ducks Unlimited

Logistics of the Day

Please come prepared to spend the day outdoors. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, bring a water bottle and sunscreen.

For More Information and to Register

Participants will meet at the Baylands Center

Physical address: 2100 Highway 37, Petaluma, CA, 94954

Coordinates: 38.140314°, -122.463384°

To access, use stop-lighted intersection of SR37 and Lakeville Road, turn south on to Reclamation Road which Lakeville becomes south of SR37.


Workshop Materials

Workshop Agenda

Don Brubaker Presentation

Brenda Goeden Presentation

Craig Garner Presentation