Standing on the east side of the Bernal Cut and looking at the Richland Street bridge spanning 235 feet across to the other side, it’s hard to imagine these as contiguous rolling hills.

In the mid-1800s California was Mexican territory and much of the land west of the Bernal Cut was a cattle ranch owned by one of the City’s first mayors, Jose de Jesus Noe.

Over time, non-native grasses accidentally imported on the hooves of settlers’ cattle replaced the hillsides’ original grasses. And soon after, houses covered the cattle lands and the city grew up in the name of commerce and opportunity. Through it all, the air invisibly filled with carbon dioxide.

Today we are changing San Francisco’s landscape yet again. The Bernal Cut Restoration Project fights climate change by planting trees, rebuilding healthy soils and restoring the drought-tolerant native habitat. Our goal is to transform the Bernal Cut once again for the generations who will stand on this hillside after us.


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