Corte Madera Ecological Reserve Expansion and Restoration

Status In-progress County Marin
Project Type Non-mitigation Location 37.93892° N, -122.51114° W Map
Project Area (Acres) 15.37 Last Updated 15 June 2019
Project Abstract This project restored tidal marsh habitat by removing fill and improved public access to the restored wetlands. Habitat enhancements are underway to reduce shoreline erosion and provide native vegetation to enhance high tide refuge and shoreline protection.
Project Groups San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (Eligible)

Project Identification

96 JV - Record Number

Habitat Plan

ActivitySubActivitiesHabitatSubHabitatAcresActivity StatusWater Regime
Acquisition/Preservation/Protection Bay Habitat (SFBJV Only) Tidal marsh 5.17 Completed Fully tidal
Enhancement Sediment Management, Vegetation, Wildlife-specific Measures Bay Habitat (SFBJV Only) Tidal marsh 5.00 In-progress/Implementation Fully tidal
Restoration (unspecified) Sediment Management, Wildlife-specific Measures Bay Habitat (SFBJV Only) Tidal marsh 5.20 Construction completed Fully tidal

Related Habitat Impacts

HabitatAcres LostType of Loss
No Data


Corte Madera Ecological Reserve Expansion Restoration In-progress/Implementation 15.37


DateTypeDescriptionSite Name
2018-05-01 Groundwork end
2006-06-05 Project start date


Contact Barbara Salzman Marin Audubon Society Not applicable/Unknown


Funding Need: $1,900,000

Restoration (unspecified) SCC State Coastal Conservancy $524,117
Acquisition/Preservation/Protection SCC State Coastal Conservancy $400,000
Acquisition/Preservation/Protection Marin Audubon Society $296,000
Restoration (unspecified) WCB Wildlife Conservation Board $260,000
Acquisition/Preservation/Protection National Fish and Wildlife Foundation $175,000
Acquisition/Preservation/Protection Marin County Open Space District $100,000
Acquisition/Preservation/Protection Marin Baylands Advocates $74,560
Acquisition/Preservation/Protection Unknown/Unspecified $39,510
Acquisition/Preservation/Protection Audubon California $30,000
Acquisition/Preservation/Protection Marin Conservation League $25,490
Acquisition/Preservation/Protection Town of Corte Madera $10,000

Related CRAM Assessments

Visit DateVersionSite NameWetland TypeIndex Score
2019-04-28 6.1 Corte Madera Marsh Restoration 2019 estuarine perennial saline 67
2019-04-28 6.1 Corte Madera Depression 2019 perennial/seasonal depressional 72
2018-04-30 6.1 Corte Madera Depression perennial/seasonal depressional 68
2018-04-30 6.1 Corte Madera Marsh Restoration estuarine perennial saline 58

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How to Use the Habitat Development Curve

Habitat Development Curves (HDCs) are used to determine the developmental status and trajectory of on-the-ground projects to create, restore, or enhance California wetland and stream habitats. Each HDC is based on assessments of habitat condition for different age areas of one habitat type that in aggregate represent the full spectrum of habitat development. The assessments of condition are provided by expert applications of the California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM). Visit the CRAM website for more information about CRAM.

For each HDC, reference condition is represented by areas of a habitat that consistently get very high CRAM scores, have not been subject to disruptive management practices, and exist within landscapes that are protected and managed for their natural conditions. The horizontal lines intersecting the top of an HDC represent the mean CRAM score and standard deviation of scores for 25 qualifying reference areas.

The age of a project is estimated as the elapsed time in years between the groundwork end date for the project and the date of the CRAM assessment. To add or update a groundwork end date, use the Project Events form in Project Tracker ( The minimum age in years of a non-project area, including any natural reference area, is estimated from all available local information, including historical maps and imagery, historical written accounts, and place-specific scientific studies of habitat development.

An HDC can be used to address the following questions:

  1. At what time in the future will the area of assessed habitat achieve the reference condition or other milestones in habitat development? The HDC can answer this question if the CRAM score for the assessed area is within the confidence interval of the HDC. The answer is the time in years along the HDC between the current age of the assessed area and the future date corresponding to the intersection of the HDC and the reference condition or other milestone.
  2. Is the area of assessed habitat likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace as most other areas of the same habitat type? The habitat area is likely to develop faster, slower, or at the same pace if the CRAM score for the area is above, below, or within the confidence interval of the HDC, respectively.
  3. What can be done to improve the condition of the habitat area or to increase its rate of development? HDCs by themselves cannot answer this question. Possible answers can be inferred by the following analysis that involves HDCs:
    1. Examine the HDC for each of the four CRAM Attributes;
    2. Identify the Attribute(s) scoring below the HDC;
    3. For any low-scoring Attribute, examine the component Metric Scores (note: the Metric Scores for any public CRAM assessment in the CRAM database can be obtained through EcoAtlas);
    4. Assume the low score of an Attribute is due to its low-scoring Metric(s);
    5. Consider modifying the design or management of the habitat area in ways that will sustainably increase its score(s) for the low-scoring Metric(s).

For more information about CRAM Attributes and Metrics, including their scientific rationale, see the CRAM Manual.

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