Guadalcanal Village Wetlands (2005)

Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco CA - April 21-May 20, 2005

In 2005 I was invited to exhibit wetlands photos from Guadalcanal Village, which had been a housing development on Mare Island CA in the 1940s, at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability at the Presidio in San Francisco CA. It was the largest show I’ve ever had. The 40 photos ranged in size from 4 x 6″ to 30 x 40″ with several sizes in between. Many of the photos, I learned later, had been taken at Cullinan Ranch (CR). GV and CR, as I call them, were adjacent to each other, separated by a dike. GV was actively being restored to wetlands overseen by the California Department of Transportation as mitigation for the destruction of nearby wetlands in road development. CR underwent massive “restoration” ten years later, the areas where I’d photographed were bulldozed by the National Wildlife Refuge. Most of the areas photographed in this exhibit are now underwater. –Sally Mack, Sept 9, 2021

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