Don Edwards San Francisco National Wildlife Refuge, Fremont

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Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a United States National Wildlife Refuge located in the southern part of San Francisco Bay, California. The Refuge headquarters and visitor center is located in the Baylands district of Fremont, next to Coyote Hills Regional Park, in Alameda County. The visitor center is on Marshlands Rd, off Thornton Ave.
Most of the refuge stretches along the marshy shoreline north and south of the Dumbarton Bridge, but Bair Island, in San Mateo County, is also part of the system. The southernmost extent of the refuge is in northern Santa Clara County.
It was founded in 1974 as the first urban National Wildlife Refuge established in the United States, and it is dedicated to preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat, protecting migratory birds, protecting threatened and endangered species, and providing opportunities for wildlife-oriented recreation and nature study for the surrounding communities.
As of 2004, the Refuge spanned 30000acre of open bay, salt pond, salt marsh, mudflat, upland and vernal pool habitats located throughout south San Francisco Bay. About 9000acre of salt ponds within the refuge are managed by Cargill Salt, which has perpetual salt-making rights. Cargill uses the salt ponds to concentrate brines as part of its solar salt operation which produces salt for food, agriculture, medical, and industrial uses throughout the Western United States.
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  • Yesterday we visited the "Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge", which is very close to the Coyote Hills. It is a quiet and beautiful place to visit and also a very good place for hi...  more »
  • This place is the good place for hiking and to watching the sun set. And it is free of parking. The trails are very easy, and there are many kinds of birds, it is great place for taking the photo for ...  more »

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