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Viewpoint - August 29, 2018

Letter: Refuge needs protection

This is regarding the area on the west side of the Dumbarton Bridge, across from Facebook. This is a Habitat Restoration Area owned by the state of California, and it is a refuge for the birds and amphibians of the marshland. Access is prohibited to the public.

How can we go about protecting this delicate habitat? The homeless have set up a rather elaborate encampment right in the center of the "refuge," and filling it with loads of ugly trash. They made paths leading up to their tents, and they trample the delicate ecological habitat every time they use it. The fence that is supposed to keep people out has been bent down so people can enter.

I know all this because I do Adopt-a-Highway cleanup there, so I cleaned up as much as I could, leading up to the fence. I'm livid that this "refuge" is not doing its job in protecting the wildlife.

Who do we call to take action? The number on the sign is no longer in use.

Christine Ricks

Avy Avenue, Menlo Park


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