Natural resource management refers to the management of natural resources with a focus on how management affects the quality of the resources and quality of life for both present and future generations. These resources include land, water, soil, plants and animals. Natural resource management specifically focuses on a scientific and technical understanding of resources and ecology and deals with managing the way in which people and natural landscapes interact.

The San Mateo County Parks Natural Resources Management (NRM) Program focuses on the management of land, water, soil, plant, and animal resources within the Parks’ system. Our goal is to balance public access with science-based management to ensure that the resources are adequately protected while providing consistently high quality of life for this and future generations.

NRM partners with Parks Operations and existing volunteer organizations to build a more active habitat management paradigm for the Department. Cross training opportunities exist for Ranger and NRM staff as well as specialized volunteers. A robust Stewardship Corps will be developed to complement and expand the existing volunteer base. Training of dedicated Crew Leaders within each segment of the volunteer Corps (Weed Warriors, Perennial Planters, and Green Space Guardians) will ensure successful volunteer restoration activities and relieve some of the pressure for multiple staff on site for these events.

The initial focus of the NRM program is on developing the necessary tools and gathering the data in order to manage our Park resources. The main focus for the first five years includes rare, threatened, and endangered species protection, invasive species control, and fuel reduction for all parks within the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) zone. The development of a GIS system is one of the important initial steps for managing the data necessary in order to meet these three focal areas.

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