INTACT TRANSITIONAL ECOTONE

HISTORY OF HUMAN IMPACT:  China Camp was first occupied by Coast Miwok, and later by a village of Chinese shrimp fisherman.  The land was bought by the California State Park Foundation in 1976, and now represents one of the few relatively undisturbed transitional ecotone zones in San Francisco Bay. 

ECOLOGICAL EFFECTS:  This preserved ecotone (the transition zone between tidal marshes and the hilly uplands) is home to endangered species such as the California clapper rail and salt marsh harvest mouse.  It acts as an effective buffer against flooding and storms, while filtering bay pollution and providing a beautiful backdrop to a popular recreation area.

FUN FACT: In addition to containing undisturbed ecotone transition zone, China Camp State Park also hosts a museum that preserves the fishing operation and residential quarters of the Chinese fishing village.