Our Pacific Northwest
Estuary Decreed Sanctuary
Photo Via San Francisco Bay Book
The Oakland Tribune announced today the San Francisco Bay estuary has officially been included to an international list of protected wetlands. The move was part of an agreement under a 1971 treaty signed by 163 countries with the aim of limiting development which would destroy ecologically critical waterways. According to the Tribune report, the San Francisco Bay estuary is the largest on the US Pacific coast, containing 77 percent of California’s surviving wetlands and a refuge to over 1,000 species. If you wish to learn more about the estuary itself, you can visit their site at http://www.sfei.org/. The addition of this estuary makes it the nation’s 35th wetland of significant importance, and protects an ecological gem of our Pacific Northwest.
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