Establishing Native Plant Communities on a Coastal Landfill, Berkeley, California

by David Amme, California Dep of Parks &, Recreation, Santa Rosa, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Three native coastal plant communities were successfully established in a park created on a landfill site on San Francisco Bay: coastal strand, coastal scrub, and prairie grassland. The most successful plant community in terms of useable open space was the native prairie grassland. Native coastal perennial grass genera included Bromus, Calamagrostis, Deschampsia, Elymus, Festuca, Hordeum, and Stipa. A wide variety of native woody and herbaceous plants were introduced including members of the families Compositae, Labiatae, Leguminosae, Polygonaceae, and Rhamnaceae. Native seed and plant materials were collected from adjacent bay and coastal environments and were propagated in an in situ 465 square meter model plant propagation facility. The preparation and planting of the site took advantage of the fall and winter rainy season.

Subject Headings: Landfills | Rangeland | Parks | Bays | Vegetation | Coastal processes | Wood and wood products | Field tests | California | United States

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