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Restore Sharp Park Partners

Thank you to our campaign partners: Action for Animals, Arc Ecology, Arriba Juntos, Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, Center for Biological Diversity, Chinese Progressive Association, Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth, Green Party of San Francisco, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, H.O.M.E.Y., Mission Beacon Community Center, Mission Community Peace Collaborative, National Japanese American Historical Society, National Parks Conservation Association, National Sierra Club’s Resilient Habitats Program, Nature in the City, Neighborhood Parks Council, Our City, Our Kids First, Pacifica’s Environmental Family, Pacifica Shorebird Alliance, Potrero Hill Democratic Club, San Francisco League of Conservation Voters, San Francisco Naturalist Society, San Francisco Tomorrow, San Francisco Women’s Political Committee
San Francisco Youth Commission, Save the Frogs, Sequoia Audubon Society, Sierra Club’s San Francisco Bay Chapter
Sunset Youth Services, Surfrider Foundation’s San Francisco Chapter, Surfrider Foundation’s San Mateo County Chapter, Transportation for a Livable City, Tuolumne River Trust, & Vietnamese Youth Development Center.

Rose Braz Has Died, But She Is Not Going Away

Rose Braz, Chairperson and co-founder of Wild Equity, died on May 3, 2017 after a 40-month fight with brain cancer.  

We have lost the most beloved person we have ever known.  But Rose taught us to be better advocates, nurtured us to become better people. Those lessons live on in us all, so as she told Governor Brown not long ago Rose Braz is not going away.

Get the Golf Course Out of Our Natural Areas

Sharp Park Golf Course is arguably San Francisco’s greatest economic and ecological mistake. It loses hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, taking money away from San Francisco’s neighborhood parks and community centers. It kills two endangered species as it operates, and its location along California’s coast means that before long it will be flooded by sea level rise: already several links have been washed out to sea.

Press Release: Environmental Groups Appeal SF Plan to Redevelop Money-losing Sharp Park Golf Course

“In 2009 the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department promised in writing that a controversial proposal to redevelop Sharp Park Golf Course would never be inserted into the Natural Resources Management Plan,” said Brent Plater of Wild Equity. “The Department broke this promise, and in the process broke the law and any pretense of honest, open governance of our parks.”

Winter Rains Breathe Life into Laguna Salada … For Now

Our recent winter rains have allowed Sharp Park’s Laguna Salada wetland complex to drink deeply, reclaiming areas that Sharp Park Golf Course drains and mows to create fairways and greens.

But if the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s plan to redevelop Sharp Park Golf Course is finalized, the fringing wetlands you see today will be filled with dredged spoils and lost forever.

Last Chance for the Beautiful Serpent?

Will San Francisco squander one of the last opportunities to help the endangered San Francisco Garter Snake?  Unless you stand with us now, the City of St. Francis probably will.   For years Wild Equity has been leading the fight against the money-losing, endangered species-killing Sharp Park Golf Course.  In the first weeks of 2017 […]

Stand with Wild Equity in 2017!

Dear Friend, With the tectonic shift in national politics, our focus on local environmental and social issues may be our only hope. The victory at Standing Rock, in the backdrop of the incoming climate change-denying administration, shows how a local, grassroots movement can trounce billion-dollar corporate interests. At this moment, I appreciate living in San […]

Dec. 15, 1pm: Stop the Sharp Park Golf Course Bailout!

Thursday, December 15, 1pm, San Francisco City Hall Room 400: Join us at a San Francisco Planning Commission and Recreation and Park Commission joint meeting where the commissioners will vote on a taxpayer funded bailout of the money-losing, endangered species-killing Sharp Park Golf Course. This meeting will likely be a long one: we need you […]

San Francisco Moves to Bailout Controversial Sharp Park Golf Course

San Francisco’s Significant Natural Resource Areas Program was to be one of the great urban conservation programs in America. But in 2016, San Francisco released a Final Environmental Impact Report (“FEIR”) for the Significant Natural Resource Area Management Plan (“SNRAMP”) that will, if adopted, turn the program on its head. The FEIR removes SNRAMP’s original […]

A New Vision for Sharp Park

A new vision for one special place in Pacifica could help bring some desperately needed respite for imperiled wildlife, while helping protect the town’s homes and vital infrastructure. One of the rarest, and arguably most beautiful snakes in the world, and Mark Twain’s Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County once thrived together in Pacifica’s cool, […]

GGNRA Dog Plan Enhances Diversity

The following is an Op-Ed written by Nina Roberts, professor at San Francisco State University and director of the Pacific Leadership Institute, for the San Francisco Examiner. April 28, 2016. You can access it on the SF Examiner website. Some say limiting dog access in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area may reduce diversity within […]

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Values, Market Value, and Non-Profit Management

Thursday, March 24, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Brent Plater, executive director of the Wild Equity Institute, will give a presentation to the BAIA (Business Association Italy America) Bay Area Italian Executive Business Network. Mr. Plater will pull from his experience managing and working for local, small non-profits to describe how non-profit executives can address […]

Tell Your Local Public Officials to Support Increased Leash Law Enforcement in the GGNRA

Off-leash dogs have been an ongoing problem in the GGNRA for many years. They can negatively impact people, our pets, wildlife, and park resources. Imperiled wildlife like the western snowy plover are frequently harassed by off-leash dogs; guide dog users are regularly interfered with—and occasionally attacked—by off-leash dogs; and perhaps most alarmingly, hundreds of off-leash […]

Movie Night: A Dangerous Game

Thursday, April 14, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Join the Wild Equity Institute for a screening of A Dangerous Game, an explosive documentary from filmmaker and investigative journalist Anthony Baxter (You’ve Been Trumped), which examines the eco-impact of luxury golf resorts around the world. Featuring exclusive interviews with Alec Baldwin, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Donald Trump, […]

Tell the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to Support Good Dog Park Design

Off-leash dogs have been an ongoing problem in the City for many years. They can negatively impact people, our pets, wildlife, and park resources. Imperiled wildlife like the western snowy plover are frequently harassed by off-leash dogs; guide dog users are regularly interfered with—and occasionally attacked—by off-leash dogs; and perhaps most alarmingly, hundreds of off-leash […]

Finding San Francisco’s Lost Species: The Franciscan Manzanita

Saturday, March 5, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: Although there are over 100 species and subspecies of manzanita, until 2009, it was thought that San Francisco’s own manzanita, the Franciscan Manzanita, had gone extinct. The Franciscan manzanita is a subtly charming flowering shrub found nowhere else on Earth. Its tragic history is filled with heroic […]

Mori Point Hike with Save the Frogs!

Saturday, April 30, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm On April 30 at 11 am, we’ll be joining forces with one of our favorite conservation groups Save the Frogs! We’ll be leading a hike at Mori Point. Join us to learn more about the endangered species living there (the California Red-legged Frog and the San Francisco […]

Western Snowy Plover Walk About!

Sunday, Feb. 28, 9:00am – 11:00am: Join the Wild Equity Institute for a leisurely walk along Ocean Beach to search for the threatened Western Snowy Plover. We’ll be meeting at 9 am—an early start should give us the best chance of spotting the Plover as well as other shorebirds. The Snowy Plover is a small […]

Brent Plater at Hastings International and Comparative Law Review’s Conference on Human Rights and Sustainable Development in an Era of Free Trade

Thursday, February 18, 2-6 pm: Wild Equity’s Executive Director, Brent Plater, will be speaking next week at the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review’s Conference “Human Rights and Sustainable Development in an Era of Free Trade” Panelists representing areas of environmental, trade, and human rights, will explore United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the UN Framework […]

Help Restore Habitat for Endangered Butterflies!

Saturday, January 23, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: The Wild Equity Institute is partnering with San Bruno Mountain Watch to restore ecologically important habitat for the beautiful mission blue and callippe silverspot butterflies at San Bruno Mountain! Join us as we work to save endangered species and build a stronger environmental movement! San Bruno Mountain […]

SF’s Natural Areas Plan is at Risk Due to Sharp Park Golf Course

For Immediate Release – November 19, 2015 Contact: Brent Plater, Wild Equity (415) 572-6989 or bplater@wildequity.org California Red-Legged Frog, Photo © Brent Plater Environmental Groups Unite to Tell City: Remove Golf Course From Natural Areas Plan! Nine leading local environmental groups have united to send a single message to the City of San Francisco: The […]

Muir Woods Salmon Hike!

Sunday, January 10, 11:00 am – 1 pm: You are invited to join the Wild Equity Institute for a hike at Muir Woods to see the threatened Coho Salmon, Central California Coast Evolutionary Significant Unit, and the Steelhead, Central California Coast Distinct Population Segment. Witness the semelparous spawning behavior of the Coho Salmon and take […]

2015: Another Year of Losses at Sharp Park Golf Course

Sharp Park Golf Course has little value proposition, especially during annual winter flooding San Francisco’s money-losing, endangered species killing Sharp Park Golf Course once again left City taxpayers with a whopping bill at the close of this fiscal year, bringing the grand total of taxpayer subsidy to 1.8 million dollars over the past decade- losing […]

Save The Planet Movie Night: WALL·E

Wednesday, December 16, 6:30pm – 8:30pm: Please join us for a screening of WALL·E, a fun and pertinent film about our planet’s ecological future. We hope that this will be an enjoyable way to reflect on our collective responsibility to protect our planet! We will show the film at Wild Equity’s office in the Centro […]

Help Restore Habitat for Endangered Butterflies!

Saturday, January 23, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm: The Wild Equity Institute is partnering with San Bruno Mountain Watch to restore ecologically important habitat for the beautiful mission blue and callippe silverspot butterflies at San Bruno Mountain! Join us as we work to save endangered species and build a stronger environmental movement! San Bruno Mountain […]

Hike: Twain’s Frog and the Beautiful Serpent

Saturday, December 12th, 1:00pm – 3:00 pm: Join Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute to search for two of the most imperiled vertebrate species on the San Francisco peninsula: the California Red-legged Frog and the San Francisco Garter Snake. This will be a leisurely walk to enjoy the restoration work being conducted at Mori […]

Be a Part of the Fight in 2016: Join Wild Equity Today!

Dear Reader, Another year has passed, and yet our most challenging environmental and social problems remain. In fact, many seem to be getting worse: there is now more carbon in the atmosphere, more species on the brink of extinction, more inequity across our human communities. This realization requires us all to pause and reflect on […]

Endangered Species Hike at Sharp Park!

Saturday, December 12th, 1:00pm – 3:00 pm: Join Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute to search for two of the most imperiled vertebrate species on the San Francisco peninsula: the California Red-legged Frog and the San Francisco Garter Snake. This will be a leisurely walk to enjoy the restoration work being conducted at Mori […]

Wild Equity Challenges EPA’s Motion to Dismiss

Appearing before a federal judge in Oakland on October 21st, Wild Equity challenged the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing failure to protect communities and endangered species in Antioch, CA, from a PG&E power plant that emits tons of nitrogen pollution annually, poisoning sensitive wildlife habitats and irritating the lungs of community members. The Gateway […]

Opposition to Significant Natural Resource Areas Management Program

In order to ensure that the good isn’t thrown out with the bad, the Wild Equity Institute and an array of environmental and community supporters are demanding that the Sharp Park Golf Course redevelopment plan be segregated out of the Significant Natural Resource Areas Program Management Plan, and considered separately through its own environmental review process.

Volunteer for Wild Equity at the Wildlife Conservation Expo!

Have a passion for conservation? The 2015 Wildlife Conservation Exposition will be taking place at the Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF this Saturday, October 10th, from 10am to 6:30pm. The event will feature fifty organizations and nineteen speakers dedicated to the protection of wildlife. Click here to learn more about the event! Wild Equity […]

The Crashing Golf Market and You: Why it doesn’t make sense to invest millions of your taxpayer money in San Francisco’s failing Sharp Park Golf Course

Annual flooding reduces golf activity at Sharp Park Golf Course Sharp Park Golf Course has a lot going against it these days. Since 2005, the course has lost San Francisco nearly 1.4 million dollars (see table below). Take a look at player-written reviews of the course, and you’ll find that many consider golf at Sharp […]

Restoring Sharp Park…For Everyone

Click here to download a brochure that outlines our vision to restore Sharp Park! Tomorrow morning you step out onto the edge of 400 acres of natural wetland, just as the sunlight breaks through the sea-breezed clouds overhead. You breathe deep the ocean-sprayed air and admire the rustling of wildlife as it awakens beneath the […]

Former Sharp Park Golf Course Supervisor Turns Whistleblower Over Course’s Environmental Problems

Massive water draining at Sharp Park Golf Course The allegations of Wayne Kappelman, a former supervisor at Sharp Park Golf Course, need to be put into perspective. Kappelman was showered with awards while he towed the party line as the course slaughtered endangered species, was recently forced out of course management after blowing the whistle […]

Tell Mayor Lee You Support Restoring Sharp Park!!!

In 2011 the Board of Supervisors passed legislation that enables San Francisco to partner with the National Park Service at Sharp Park to transition land management from an unsustainable golf course into a new National Park that everyone can enjoy. Under the ordinance, the City must negotiate a long-term management agreement with the National Park […]

#RestoreSharpPark for #WorldSnakeDay!

Happy World Snake Day! At Wild Equity we love snakes of all shapes and sizes, but of course there’s one that’s out and away our favorite. The San Francisco Garter Snake is possibly the most imperiled vertebrate in the state, yet it is also one of the most alluring species on the continent. So, in […]

Movie Night: Saving the Bay – Part 2

Thursday, June 18th, 7:00pm – 9:30pm: Wild Equity screens the second part of Saving the Bay, a four-part PBS primetime special about the rich history of the precious San Francisco Bay. We will be showing episodes 3 and 4, which will explore the history of California’s earliest water infrastructure projects, the effects of World War […]

Wild Equity Lawsuit Challenges Sharp Park Golf Course’s Destruction of Coastal Wetlands

 For Immediate Release: June 18, 2015 Contact: Brent Plater, Wild Equity Institute, (415) 572-6989 Wild Equity Lawsuit Challenges Sharp Park Golf Course’s Destruction of Coastal Wetlands   Redwood City, Calif. — The Wild Equity Institute has sued the Coastal Commission and the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department in San Mateo Superior Court over a project that will destroy […]

Wild Equity at Sunday Streets Great Highway!

Sunday, June 14th, 12:00am-3:00pm: Join the Wild Equity Institute for a fun-filled and colorful day at Sunday Streets. Visit our table and learn about our efforts to unite the grassroots conservation and environmental justice movements in campaigns that redress inequity, both across our human communities and towards the lands in which we live. We are […]

Restore Sharp Park

Our Vision Restore parkland at the site of a failing municipal golf course to provide a healthy home for unique local wildlife such as the California Red-legged Frog and the San Francisco Garter Snake. These species are currently at risk of extinction, and restoring Sharp Park will help them survive for future generations. Protect the […]

Wild Equity Sues EPA for Failing to Curb PG&E Pollution in Antioch

For Immediate Release, June 3, 2015 Contact:  Brent Plater, bplater@wildequity.org, Wild Equity Institute, (415) 572-6989 Wild Equity Institute Sues EPA for Failing to Curb PG&E Pollution in Antioch From L to R: Lange’s Metalmark Butterfly, Contra Costa Wallflower, Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose San Francisco, Calif.— Today the Wild Equity Institute filed an Endangered Species Act […]

About Us

Equity (ěk’wĭ-tē) n. 1. The state, quality, or ideal of being just, impartial, and fair. The Wild Equity Institute is a San Francisco-based non-profit organization that builds a more sustainable and just world, both for people and the plants and animals that accompany us on Earth. Our work protects local endangered species and defends underserved […]

Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose Count

Thursday, May 21st, 8:30am – 4:00pm: Wild Equity will be helping to conduct the 2015 plant survey of the endangered Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose at the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge in Contra Costa County.  It’s a great opportunity to visit a special place that is not always open to the public. There are plenty […]

CANCELED – Movie Night: Saving the Bay – Part 2

********We are sorry to say that this event has been canceled. Check back soon for the new date of this movie screening. Our apologies for any inconvenience.******** Thursday, May 14th, 7:00pm – 9:30pm: Wild Equity screens the second part of Saving the Bay, a four-part PBS primetime special about the rich history of the precious […]

Wild Equity at Sunday Streets!

Sunday, May 10th, 11:00am-4:00pm: Join the Wild Equity Institute for a fun-filled and colorful day at Sunday Streets. Visit our table and learn about our efforts to unite the grassroots conservation and environmental justice movements in campaigns that redress inequity, both across our human communities and towards the lands in which we live. We are […]

Talk: Rewilding and the Anthropocene

In a world where every inch has been impacted—directly or indirectly—by industrial society, what does it mean to “preserve nature”? How does the idea of adaptation shape our responses to extinction, climate chaos, and nature? How does our sense of “history” shape our ideas about nature, evolution, and conservation? How should we understand and value […]

Twain’s Frog and the Beautiful Serpent Hike

Saturday, April 4th, 11:00pm – 1:00 pm: Join Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute to search for two of the most imperiled vertebrate species on the San Francisco peninsula: the California Red-legged Frog and the San Francisco Garter Snake. This will be a leisurely walk to enjoy the restoration work being conducted at Mori […]

Talk: Wilds of San Francisco and You

Sunday, April 26th, 9:30am-10:30am: San Francisco has 32 pockets of undeveloped land set aside for the preservation of the natural world. These pockets hold the last remnants of wildness once found across the lands where we now live, but do we have room in our parks and our hearts for nature in this city? Brent […]

Talk: Telling Stories with Bricks

Wednesday, April 22nd, 7:30pm – 9:30: Bricks give literal structure to a history of place. Bricks were a fire proof building material in early years of a city often engulfed by fire. Archeology work at the Presidio reveals plant time capsules embedded in recovered bricks that help us understand pre-settler ecology. And brick throwing increasingly […]

Earth Day in Oakland!

Saturday, April 18th, 9:00am – 12:00pm: This year for Earth Day, Wild Equity is heading out to the East Bay! We’ll be working to clean up some of the valuable bird habitat around Lake Merritt in Oakland. Join us! Lake Merritt is an urban birding hotspot with a fascinating history. In fact, Lake Merritt Wild […]

Wild Equity at Sunday Streets!

Sunday, April 12th, 11:00am-4:00pm: Join the Wild Equity Institute for a fun-filled and colorful day at Sunday Streets. Visit our table and learn about our efforts to unite the grassroots conservation and environmental justice movements in campaigns that redress inequity, both across our human communities and towards the lands in which we live. We are […]

San Bruno Mountain Mission Blue Butterfly Hike

Saturday, April 11th, 10:00a.m.: Wild Equity is teaming up with San Bruno Mountain Watch to bring you along on a breath-taking hike high above the urban sprawl of San Francisco. We’ll be exploring just part of this 2,750 acre park, where we will not only be privy to spectacular vistas of the city, but also […]

Movie Night: Saving the Bay – Part 1

Thursday, April 9th, 7:00pm – 9:30pm: Wild Equity screens the first part of Saving the Bay, a four-part PBS primetime special about the rich history of the precious San Francisco Bay. We will be showing episodes 1 and 2, which will explore the geologic creation of the Bay, the history of the Native peoples who […]

Twain’s Frog and the Beautiful Serpent Hike

Saturday, April 4th, 1:00pm – 3:00 pm: Join Brent Plater of the Wild Equity Institute to search for two of the most imperiled vertebrate species on the San Francisco peninsula: the California Red-legged Frog and the San Francisco Garter Snake. This will be a leisurely walk to enjoy the restoration work being conducted at Mori […]

Wild Equity Bands with Allies to Challenge Sharp Park Pumphouse Project

At 10:00am on Friday April 3rd, Wild Equity, Sequoia Audubon Society, and Save the Frogs will present oral arguments at San Francisco Superior Court over a project that will destroy and drain Sharp Park’s Laguna Salada wetland complex, arguably the most ecologically important portion of the Department’s most biologically rich land. “This senseless project will […]

Wild Equity Anniversary Celebration

On November 6th, 6pm, at the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics Wild Equity will be proudly celebrating our five year anniversary! That’s right, it’s already been Five Years Fighting, and we’ve decided to throw you, the people who’ve made Wild Equity possible, a party! Featuring live music by singer/songwriter Kristin Plater. Please join […]

100 Parks for 100 Years!

Wild Equity has been calling for new National Parks for a long time — especially at the notorious Sharp Park in Pacifica — and as it turns out, we’re not the only ones! Numerous organizations and constituencies have banded together in different areas of the country to expand the U.S. National Parks system. One of […]

Movie Night: Power Paths

Wednesday, March 18th, 7:00pm – 9:00pm: Wild Equity screens Power Paths, a rousing documentary about the struggles faced by Native American communities at the hands of environmentally devastating energy production. Power Paths zeroes in on the successful closure of one of Nevada’s most polluting coal-powered plants, as well as the efforts of indigenous Americans to […]

Wild Equity returns to Sunday Streets!

Wild Equity has participated in Sunday Streets regularly for years — and after a short break, this month we’ve made a comeback! It was a beautiful day out on the Embarcadero Route, and Wild Equity had lots of fun celebrating recreation, community, and physical activity in the streets of San Francisco. The live band by […]

Photoset: Revitalizing the Antioch Dunes

Recently, Wild Equity was proud to get together with our longstanding partners at the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge to work on rejuvenating the precious imperiled ecosystem that is present there. We were privileged to plant young, hand-reared Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose and Contra Costa Wallflower throughout this protected habitat. If all goes well, these […]

Coming up: Wahleah Johns speaks at Wild Equity movie night!

Wild Equity is excited to announce that we will be joined by featured activist Wahleah Johns for our upcoming screening of Power Paths! On Wednesday, March 18th at 7:00pm Wild Equity will screen the film Power Paths, a rousing documentary about the struggles faced by Native American communities at the hands of environmentally devastating energy […]

Wild Equity at Sunday Streets!

Sunday, March 8th, 2015, 11:00am-4:00pm: Join the Wild Equity Institute for a fun-filled and colorful day at Sunday Streets. Visit our table and learn about our efforts to unite the grassroots conservation and environmental justice movements in campaigns that redress inequity, both across our human communities and towards the lands in which we live. We […]

Antioch Dunes Planting Party

Saturday, March 7th, 9:00am-1:30pm: Join Wild Equity and the folks at Antioch Dunes Wildlife Refuge Sardis Unit for this chance to reinvigorate endangered wildlife populations! We’ll be meeting up at the refuge to plant seedlings of endangered Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose and Contra Costa Wallflower — and of Naked‐stemmed Buckwheat, the host plant of the […]

Rare Plant Treasure Hunt

Saturday, May 18, 9:00am – 1:30pm: The Wild Equity Institute is joining our friends from the California Native Plant Society to search for San Francisco’s rare plant populations. Search groups will be meeting at Fort Funston, Bayview Park, and Heron’s Head Park. Groups will meet at the three separate parks to look for and document […]

Golfonomics: The Millennial Challenge

Golf needs millennials — but attracting them is proving to be difficult. The industry wants insight, and the Pro Golf Association (PGA) has created a task force aiming to redefine the golf experience. The sport’s popularity has been waning, and efforts to orient the game toward the values of young people have never been more […]

Talk: San Francisco’s Wild Menu: Flora, Fauna, Feast

In 1849 San Francisco was surrounded by wild animals and a flourishing sea and bay, from which most early food was taken. But what is our “wild menu” now? How do foraging, fishing, hunting, and gathering fit into modern life? What role does conservation and ecology play in a contemporary and future wild menu? With […]