Marsh stands as a remnant of what was once the dominant landscape around
the edge of the Bay. Supporting an abundant and diverse economy of
plants and animals, the marshes served as the nursery of the seas. They
provide food and shelter for the young of many species from jellyfish to
jack smelt. The young grew in the marsh's protective boundaries and then
made their way into the Bay and ocean beyond. Today, these fragments of
wetland remain to support a reduced yet tenacious cadre of life in the
East Bay Regional Park District
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