During the tour, Detjens discussed the various species seen at the project site including the California Clapper Rail, Salt Harvest Mouse, Short Eared Owl, White Tailed Kite, and the California Black Rail. The California Clapper Rail, California Black Rail, and Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse are listed as threatened or endangered due to the loss of critical marsh habitat. With the current plans, the Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project will restore the marsh habitat vital to these threatened species. Additionally, the possibility of the 32 mile Iron Horse Trail being lengthened was examined. Currently, the Flood Control District and the East Bay Regional Park District are in talks of extending the Iron Horse Trail approximately 4 miles to pass through the Lower Walnut Creek Restoration Project site. Other topics discussed were the 50-year plan and Flood Control’s current funding issues for projects. Patrice found the tour informational and wishes to stay involved in the issues.
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