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Title: John Muir National Historic Site and other cultural parks in the Bay Area

John Muir National Historic Site and other
cultural parks in the Bay Area
When we try to pick out anything by itself, we
find it hitched to everything else in the
  • 1838 Born in Dunbar Scotland.
  • 1849 Family emigrates to Wisconsin.
  • 1861 Enters University of Wisconsin.
  • 1867 1,000 mile walk from Kentucky to Gulf of
  • 1868 Moves to California.
  • 1871 Publishes article in New York Tribune
    arguing that glaciers carved Yosemite Valley -
    mocked by CA geologist.

  • 1880 Marries Louisa Strentzel
  • 1889 Campaigns for a Yosemite National Park.
  • 1890 Mr. Strentzel dies and Muir moves into
    Victorian home on ranch.
  • 1892 Helps found Sierra Club elected first
  • 1894 First book, The Mountains of California,

  • 1905 Louisa dies, continues to live on ranch with
    daughters Helen Wanda.
  • 1908 Muir Woods National Monument established
    Muir begins fight against damming Hetch Hetchy
    Valley in Yosemite.

  • 1914 Dies in Martinez at 76 years of age.
  • 1915 Daughters sell Muir House.
  • 1964 Park Service purchases Muir House.
  • 1996 NPS acquires Mt Wanda - 325 acres.

Enabling Legislation
  • It is the mission of the National Park Service
    at the John Muir National Historic Site to
    preserve and protect the Muir home and
    surrounding park areas as a public memorial to
    John Muirs efforts as a crusader for the
    National Parks, reservations and the conservation
    movement, and to educate the public concerning
    this significance.

  • Superintendent, Chief of Cultural Resources and 3
    person Administrative Staff cover JOMU, EUON
  • 2-3 Maintenance staff members
  • Head ranger with two seasonal interpretive
    rangers (school groups and house)
  • Part-time law enforcement and IT staff
  • Visitation 30,000 in 2002.
  • No Natural Resource staff

Benefits from Inventory and Monitoring Program
  • Includes all parks with significant natural
  • Provided JOMU/EUON with quality natural resource
    data to assist with future management
  • Will continue to include cultural parks in future
    long term ecological monitoring.
  • New phase How to incorporate natural resource
    stewardship into a cultural park?

Natural Resource work completed
  • Vertebrate inventory by USGS (bats, mammals,
    reptiles, amphibians).
  • Avian inventory completed by PRBO.
  • Vascular plants (inventory, herbarium, invasive
    species population maps, vegetation map).
  • Lepidoptera inventory.
  • Water quality monitoring

Natural Resource Projects
  • Fire Management Plan for Mt Wanda.
  • Management of invasive species.
  • Flood and erosion control and management -
    Watershed Management Plan.
  • Interpretation of Mt Wanda for visitors.
  • Starting to use best available science for
    management (oak regeneration).

Management Issues
  • Unique suburban park concerns
  • Fragmented landscape
  • Increased urbanization
  • Public/Private land concerns erosion,
    invasive species, etc.
  • Community involvement
  • Pool of volunteers

  • Eugene ONeill National Historic Site Danville,
  • Port Chicago National Memorial, Concord Naval
    Weapons Station Concord, CA
  • Rosie the Riveter/WWII Homefront National
    Historical Park, Richmond, CA - NEW!!

Eugene ONeill NHS
  • 13 acres including barn, Tao House, pool and
    remaining orchards.
  • In 1976, federal legislation declared the Tao
    House to be a National Historic Site and provide
    authorization for NPS to accept the site from CA
    and operate it as a memorial to Eugene ONeill
    and a park for the performing arts and related
    educational programs.

Eugene ONeill NHS
  • Lived in Tao House from 1937 - 1944
  • Wrote many important works in house Long Days
    Journey into Night, The Iceman Cometh
  • Adjacent to Las Trampas Regl. Wilderness.
  • Located within a gated community in Danville.
    Requires reservations.
  • Wildland/Urban interface issues. Private/public
    property issues.

WWII parks
  • The East Bay was home to much of the West Coasts
    manufacturing during WWII.
  • 1944 explosion at Port Chicago. Tackles
    social/racial issues too.
  • Rosie the Riveter celebrates the national effort
    of womens (and mens) contribution to WWII from
    home. Located at old Kaiser plant.
  • RORI partnership b/w NPS, city, county, NGO.
  • Current campaign for stories/memorabilia
    sponsored by Ford Motor Company.
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