Abandoned ready-mixed concrete plant | Turtle Island Food Service Network
SPAWN works to restore an abandoned ready-mix concrete plant on Black Mountain Ranch in Point Reyes Station, California. The objective of the project is to restore the existing parking area to a natural riparian forest, which existed before the construction of the cement plant.
The first phase of this project was completed in 2016 and the second phase will begin in the summer of 2023. The second phase of the project will remove the remaining concrete surfaces from the parking area, redesign the banks so that the water can drain away. naturally draining the site and planting thousands of native plants and trees throughout the site. Shoreline leveling will also widen the floodplain area so juvenile salmon can seek refuge in slow water during storms.
With the parking area removed and the riverbanks shaped, SPAWN staff and volunteers will replant the area with native trees like redwood and elderberry and remove non-native weeds like Himalayan blackberry and ivy. from Cape Town. This native forest will improve water quality and provide complex riparian habitat for endangered coho salmon and other wildlife.
Funding for the first phase of the project was provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and members of SPAWN. The second phase of the project is financed by the National Council for the Control of Water Resources.