Conservation Issues and Challenges
Waterdog now has over 11 miles of trails; many are illegal, most violate trail construction standards, and some are unsafe for both hikers and bikers. This trail-by-trail analysis of what was approved vs. what we have today illustrates the results of poor open space management.
Waterdog is one of California’s biological hotspots, unique for the diverse habitats and native species it hosts. But Waterdog is threatened by poor stewardship: trail erosion, impacted creeks, diseased oak woodlands, and misguided maintenance policies that do more harm than good.
California tiger salamander a.k.a. waterdog
Belmont’s Planning documents stress the importance of Waterdog and Hidden Canyon natural ecosystems, upon which our wildlife depend for food, water, shelter, and rearing their young. But in practice do we afford our wildlife the respect and protection they deserve?