The mission of Citizens for East Shore Parks (CESP) is to create a necklace of shoreline parks from the Oakland Estuary to the Carquinez Strait. CESP was formed in 1985 when local environmentalists joined together to fight for a shoreline park.

The culmination of CESP's vision came on December 6, 2002, when the State Parks Commission unanimously approved the Eastshore State Park. The 8.5-mile-long Park contains 2,000 acres of uplands and tidelands along the waterfront of Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville, Albany and Richmond.

CESP continues to work to preserve the natural resources and facilitate the recreational and educational opportunities of the east shore of San Francisco Bay.

Remembering Sylvia McLaughlin
We invite you to share your memories of Sylvia McLaughlin
on our Remembrance Page >>

Citizens for East Shore Parks Honors the Life of
Sylvia McLaughlin, Grand Dame of Environmentalism,
who Advocated for Parks, Open Space and the SF Bay.
Click here to read more>>

Click here to view CESP’s Spring 2016 Shore Lines newsletter.


birdAlbany Bulb Bird Study: 158 species identified
CESP and the Golden Gate Audubon Society, East Bay Chapter, were invited to advise the City of Albany and the East Bay Regional Park District about the best management practices for protecting wildlife, enhancing wildlife habitat, and educating visitors about the Albany Neck and Bulb.

CESP received a grant from the California State Parks Foundation to conduct a bird study at the Albany Neck and Bulb from July 2015-
June 2016, and to produce educational materials about the results of the survey. The last bird survey was completed in 2008.

The purpose of the bird study is to:
1. Establish a baseline of species and populations.
2. Assess habitat needs for resident, migrant, and breeding populations.
3. Offer guidance on vegetation management to enhance habitats.
4. Recommend methods for protecting species and populations.
5. Offer guidance on managing trails and building viewing platforms.
6. Assist in creating education programs.

The survey uses a 1.8-mile prescribed route at the Albany Neck and Bulb to conduct a traveling survey with 4 viewpoint stops. Surveys are being conducted twice per month for one year. The Bird Study participants were selected based on their ability to accurately characterize plant communities and their associated bird species and numbers. So far, the surveyors have identified 11 additional species at the Albany Neck and Bulb (since the bird survey completed in 2008), contributing to a total of 158 species identified there.

Surveyors are using the eBird mobile application to track species counts and locations. Read more about identified species here: http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L178143

CESP will have additional materials with survey results and data available at our booth during upcoming outreach events this spring.

Thank you for joining us on November 7 to celebrate CESP's 30 years of public service and supporting our ongoing mission to create a necklace of parks from Oakland to the Carquinez Strait.

How did you spend your day in the park? Share your experience and photos with us! Email eastshorepark@hotmail.com or share on Facebook at www.facebook.com/citizensforeastshoreparks.

Help us continue to protect open space in one of the nation's most densely populated urban areas. Click 'donate' to make a contribution.


Click here for the closing toast and sing-a-long song video. Special thanks to Ken Bukowski for the recording.

Click here to view event photos by Ellen Gailing Photography.

Click the image below to view the 30th Anniversary Celebration event program.

30th Anniversary Celebration event program

Special thanks and congratulations to CESP honorees:

TOM BATES, Mayor of Berkeley
CESP Award for Forging Visions into Reality

PAT O'BRIEN, former General Manager of East Bay Regional Park District
Dwight Steele Award for Service for the Public Good

Sylvia McLaughlin Award for Environmental Stewardship

Special Appreciation of ROBERT CHEASTY, CESP Board President
Hats Off Award

Recognition of PATRICIA JONES, CESP Executive Director
10 years of Service

Sylvia McLaughlin
Committee Chair, Co-Founder CESP and Save the Bay

Ruth Atkin
Mayor of Emeryville

Tom Butt
Mayor of Richmond

Keith Carson
Alameda County Supervisor

Shirley Dean
former Mayor of Berkeley

Whitney Dotson
Director, EBRPD Dist. 1

Robert Doyle
EBRPD General Manager

Mark Friedman
Mayor of El Cerrito

John Gioia
Contra Costa County Supervisor

Loni Hancock
State Senator Dist. 9, former
Mayor of Berkeley

Barbara Lee
US Congress, Dist. 13

David Lewis
Save the Bay, Executive Director

Peter Maass
Mayor of Albany

Gayle McLaughlin
Richmond City Council,
former Mayor of Richmond

George Miller
former Congressman

Danita Rodriguez
Bay Area District Superintendent CA State Parks

Libby Shaaf
Mayor of Oakland

Nancy Skinner
former Assemblymember
and former EBRPD Director

Sandré Swanson
Former Assemblymember

Tony Thurmond
Assemblymember Dist. 15

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Shoreline Park Steward
Bayer HealthCare
East Bay Regional Park District

Shoreline Park Protector
Briscoe, Ivester & Bazel, LLP
Kaiser Permanente East Bay Area
Leadership Search Partners, LLC
Shorenstein Properties, LLC
Sierra Club

Shoreline Park Advocate
Abrams/Millikan, Fourth St.
Cheasty, Cheasty & Malek LLP
Kitty & Hugh McLean
Patrick Kennedy/Panoramic Interests

Shoreline Park Friend
Aroner, Jewel & Ellis Partners
Ed Bennett
Cindy & George Fosselius
Norman La Force
Tony Sustak & Margaret Browne

Shoreline Park Patron
Hinshaw & Wyn Families
Jaime Cortez & Patricia Jones
Townsend Public Affairs
Waste Management of Alameda

Shoreline Park Activist
Alan Carlton
Patricia Donald
Nick Pilch
Clem & Sharie Shute
Nicki Spillane

In Kind

Trader Joe's

Climate change: Sea rise could kill vital marshes

American avocets, which are frequently seen in tidal marshes, fly into a Petaluma marsh.

The critical tidal marshes of San Francisco Bay - habitat for tens of thousands of birds and other animals - will virtually disappear within a century if the sea rises as high as some scientists predict it will as a result of global warming.

The sea would inundate the coastline and eliminate 93 percent of the bay's tidal wetlands if carbon emissions continue unchecked and the ocean rises 5.4 feet, as predicted by scientists under a worst-case scenario, according to a new study by PRBO Conservation Science.

The tidal areas closest to the Golden Gate, including Richardson Bay in Marin County and much of the East Bay coastline, were identified as most vulnerable to sea level rise.

"Marshes cannot keep up with the high-end sea level rise predictions," said Diana Stralberg, a research associate with PRBO, also known as the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, and the lead author of the study, which was published Wednesday in the online science journal PLoS One.

"If we can't slow down sea level rise," said Stralberg, who is working on a doctorate degree at the University of Alberta, "we will need to identify and protect areas where marshes can migrate to."

The researchers measured the depth of mud, sediment and plant material in the existing marshes along the San Francisco Bay coastline and analyzed the impact on the wetlands under a variety of different scenarios.

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Stay tuned to this project which will celebrate a memorable gateway to Oakland, a new park, and an access point for pedestrians and cyclist crossing the new Bay Bridge East Span.

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