Area wildlife have discovered in this small slice of undeveloped land, an important refuge. Biologist Jennifer Berry used motion-detection cameras to record wildlife traveling to the property in search of water. It was determined that this small parcel has one of 2 area riparian zones running through it is connected to other area open spaces. Waldo Creek is a year-round waterway and feeds into the Bay. It is also documented in U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Wetlands Inventory. As a natural waterway, it is the lifeline for grey fox, squirrel, deer, and other area wildlife. There are also numerous resident and migratory bird species such as owl, quail, red-tailed hawk, and falcons who frequent this small haven.
Marin Open Space Trust played a key backup role in the preservation of the Sausalito property. Early in the local efforts to preserve the property, MOST provided technical support to the neighbors who were organizing to purchase the land to prevent its development. Later in the acquisition process, MOST offered to hold a conservation easement and accept responsibility for its permanent preservation as open space to satisfy the City’s requirement for additional assurance that the property would remain undeveloped. By providing the means to meet these requirements, the city has now transferred its interest in the parcel to the local non-profit, Open Space Sausalito.