Restoration Projects

The Bay Institute plays a key role in raising funds, negotiating land transfers and promoting public support to restore 100,000 acres of wetlands, including Skaggs Island, Bahia, Cullinan Ranch, Sonoma Baylands and Napa Salt Marsh.

Learn more about wetland restoration throughout the Bay Area as Marc Holmes, The Bay Institute’s Bay Restoration Director, and Doug McConnell explore our rich wetlands and discuss how these magnificent marshlands can protect us from the rising tides of climate change.

Cullinan Ranch

Purchased by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1989, Cullinan Ranch still awaits funding for restoration.

Sonoma Baylands

Sonoma Baylands was one of the most carefully planned wetland restoration projects in the U.S.

Napa Salt Pond Complex

High concentrations of residual salt in the Napa salt pond complex is slowing its restoration.


The Bay Institute secured a $100,000 grant to assist the Marin Audubon Society with restoring the Bahia tidal marsh.

Skaggs Island

The Bay Institute played a key role in negotiating the transfer of Skaggs Island to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.