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Saturday, September 24, 2022

New San Francisco Bay Parks...

From 2018-2022:


By an act of Congress, John Muir Land Trust is donating the 44-acre West Hills Farm property to the John Muir National Historic Site to help preserve trails and lands surrounding the longtime home of the man known as the Father of Our National Parks.
In 2019 JMLT purchased Almond Ranch, a 281-acre property connecting the John Muir National Historic Site to an expansive trail system and 18,000 acres of permanently protected open space.

Dec 5, 2019 @JohnMuirLT
SAVED! JMLT has raised the funds needed to acquire Almond Ranch, a top priority of land conservationists for decades. This stunning 281-acre property south of downtown Martinez is the proverbial “missing piece” ... Read more:

Oct 23, 2020 @NapaLandTrust
18k acres - Wow! Congrats @JohnMuirLT and @NatlParkService
The John Muir Land Trust bought Almond Ranch in Martinez after a massive $4 million fundraising effort.


Permanent protection from development on 430 acres of oak woodlands and savanna in California's East Bay hills has moved a step closer to becoming a reality. #oakwoodland #RichmondHills


May 7, 2020 @SaveMountDiablo
Save Mount Diablo Becomes Proud New Owner of Smith Canyon


Jan 14, 2020 @SaveMountDiablo
On New Year's Eve, SMD Signed Option to Protect 154 Acres

 Aug 19, 2019 @EBRPD
Check out our new Park District Story Map to gain a new perspective on the largest regional park agency in the nation (125,000 acres) and our 85 years of preserving land for habitat and outdoor recreation in the East Bay.


Jul 15, 2019 @KPIXtv
More than 2,200 acres of former Concord Naval Weapons Station land in eastern Concord is now in the hands of the East Bay Regional Park District, which plans to make this land the center of a new park.
Concord Hills Regional Park, which is envisioned to eventually comprise about 2,500 acres, is a major element of a redeveloped weapons station property. Another 2,300 acres will be transferred to the city of Concord, whose Concord Community Reuse Project has been overseeing planning for housing, businesses, a college campus and other development. This has been a years-long planning process and build-out is expected to take many more years.
The inland portion -- south of Highway 4 -- of the weapons station was closed in 2005. Most of the portion of the base north of Highway 4 became Military Ocean Terminal Concord, operated by the U.S. Army.


Apr 19, 2019 @rexfrankel
Almost there: The property owner...has agreed to preserve the Painted Rock site if the land trust comes up with $2 million by May 31. The 84-acre Painted Rock site...would be connected to about 421 acres of open space.


Mar 4, 2019 @EastBayTimes
Feb 13, 2019 @EBRPD
160 Acres Added to Doolan Canyon Regional Preserve between Dublin and Livermore


Feb 1, 2019 @JohnMuirLT
Big news for JMLT! Thank you @lovelafayette


May 29, 2018 @EBRPD
Preserved Forever - Park District acquires 230-acre golf course for future Regional Park. 3,254 total acres preserved. #preservation

390 acres to be bought by EBRPD



Jun 24, 2022 @SempervirensFnd @nbcbayarea
learn about protecting Camp Jones Gulch and the last remaining stand of privately owned old growth redwoods in the Santa Cruz mountains. We are so excited for this forever partnership with @ymcasf


Dec 22, 2020 @POSTLandTrust
Did you hear?! Together with our partners @savetheredwoods
we've protected the 564-acre #CascadeCreek property in the Santa Cruz Mountains! Nestled between Big Basin and Año Nuevo, this acquisition secures a large stretch of protected lands.


Nov 14, 2020 @OpenSpaceSCC
30 or 97 acre Frantoio Grove, family-owned & operated olive oil company in San Martin, has been permanently protected by the Authority! Funded by a grant from @CalSGC @CAClimateInvest @CalConservation
Strategic Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC) program

The Open Space Authority acquired the ACE with a $2,973,750 grant from the California Strategic Growth Council, California Climate Investments, and California Department of Conservation’s Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation Program (SALC), created to support agricultural practices in the state and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by preventing the conversion of farmland into development.* The transaction also leverages $991,250 of funding allocated to the Authority by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently approved by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.


Oct 27, 2020 @MooreFound
Less than a year after a historic deal to preserve 937 acres in Coyote Valley where buildings were once proposed, 1861 acre Tilton Ranch Property along Silicon Valley is now permanently preserved for wildlife habitat and open space.
includes map
Overall, $5.9 million for it came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; $4 million from state parks and water bonds; $2.4 million from the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority; $2 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; $1.4 million from the Peninsula Open Space Trust; $1.4 million from the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency and $1 million from Santa Clara County Parks.


Sep 4, 2020 @MidpenOpenSpace
The newest section of the SF Bay Trail is now open in Ravenswood Preserve. A trailhead at University Ave in East Palo Alto connects local neighborhoods to the preserve, providing one of the most densely populated areas in the region with access to nearby nature. LINK BROKEN


May 21, 2020 @MidpenOpenSpace
As planned, the Bay to Sea Trail will create an approx. 40-mile multiuse trail across the Peninsula, including wetlands, redwood forests & coastal grasslands. Ravenswood & Purisima likely trail components. TY to @POSTfans & our agency partners + @HMBreview


Mar 16, 2020 @BayNature
Nearly a thousand acres of valley oak savanna, wetlands, and agricultural lands long-slated for tech development have been protected in Coyote Valley. Now what?


Feb 24, 2020 @sliccardo
Last year, @CityofSanJose? partnered w/ @POST_fans & @OpenSpaceSCC
to preserve—& permanently protect—937 acres of North Coyote Valley. Now, we’re focusing on the future of this open space area and its 7,400 acres:

$93 million deal to purchase 937 acres in Coyote Valley


Feb 7, 2020
578 acres is saved, a bit south of SF
Feb 6, 2020
Recognize this view on the San Mateo County Coast? It was just bought for $13.5 million. Peninsula Open Space Trust purchases 578 acres of ranch and farm land as part of effort to preserve agriculture near Silicon Valley


Dec 23, 2019 @POSTLandTrust
POST transfers Wavecrest land to Coastside trust
Coastside Land Trust is paying about $230,000, and Jo Chamberlain, executive director of Coastside Land Trust, said it might cost a little less than that. The transfer includes a little more than 87 acres, and POST will retain about 87 acres that are mostly used for crop or hay operations.

Dec 12, 2019 @MidpenOpenSpace
As we look back, an exciting and important Midpen land acquisition this year was the purchase of the 240-acre Purisima Uplands property. Learn more about this & other projects in our accomplishments report and slideshow: #openspace #MidpenOS #conservation


Nov 15, 2019 @SempervirensFnd
We're now the proud owner of the 320-acre Gazos Creek property, transferred to us from
in a deal from March of this year. Adjacent to Butano State Park, it provides a sanctuary for many animals, birds, plants, and fish.


Historic $93 million deal reached to preserve San Jose’s Coyote Valley -- Area once planned for world headquarters of Cisco and Apple to be bought for open space instead


Oct 4, 2019
@MidpenOpenSpace "The #BayArea's newest trail provides a leg for a sensational loop route to a rock that looks like it’s from another planet..." Great @StienstraTom article in @SFChronicle
about #hiking our new Oljon Trail at El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve: #trails


Sep 1, 2019
A new trail connecting the San Francisco Bay to the Pacific ocean is in the works. San Diego and Orange County have mountains to the sea trails. LA and Ventura and SF Bay have Circles of Parks. Read about new parks & connections at my site,

@bradshk14  Aug 21, 2019
Good news for my fellow Peninsula trail nuts! @POST_fans, @mrosd, @SMCParks, @RedwoodCity and other agencies are teaming up to build a multi-use trail connecting the #SFBay to the ocean. More here:
via @AlmanacNews


Jun 14, 2019 
1432 acres near San Jose officially opens to the public; it has been owned by the public since 1999
Exciting: New redwood park opening 15 miles from downtown San Jose, site of former Jesuit college
Apr 30, 2018 @PaulRogersSJMN
Groundbreaking is tomorrow for a new redwoods park in Silicon Valley, the 1,432-acre former site of Alma College, a Jesuit school near Los Gatos from 1934-1969. One of the occasional visitors in the 1950s? Young seminarian and future Gov. Jerry Brown


320-acre Filice Ranch protected in partnership with
! Mostly forested with redwoods, the area has superlative conservation values for native flora and fauna.


POST will transfer ownership of the 1000 acre Aptos land to Big Creek Lumber... POST is making the transfer under a Conservation Easement that protects the parcel from development and puts restrictions on lumber harvesting."
Nearly 1,000 acres of redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains will be protected from development thanks to an unusual deal brokered between a Bay Area land trust and a lumber company.
The Peninsula Open Space Trust and the McCrary family, who owns Big Creek Lumber, announced Tuesday an $11.7-million deal that amounts to a land swap of sorts.
Mar 27, 2019 @sfbaywildlife 937 acres of Redwoods preserved in the Santa Cruz Mountains by POST by an agreement with Big Creek Lumber POST_fans @SempervirensFnd
Mar 27, 2019 @KPIXtv
The Peninsula Open Space Trust has announced $11.7 million deal to preserve two redwood forests totaling 937 acres in the Santa Cruz Mountains.


Dec 2, 2018
159 acres just bought south of San Jose links 31,000 already-saved acres

Jun 4, 2018 @POSTLandTrust
GoodNews Alert! Together w/ @mrosd & @OpenSpaceSCC, we've protected 2 new properties in the #SantaCruzMountains — preserving important #SouthBay watershed lands and connecting multiple #Parks to benefit #Wildlife and #PublicAccess! @OpenSpaceSCC

Jun 4, 2018 Partnership between the Authority, @POST_fans , and @mrosd
protects two properties that for the first time, link more than 31,000 acres of protected lands in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains!


2/5/2020 POST
578 acres saved



Dec 18, 2020 @BayNature
For the last year, the @presidiosf has been breaking up concrete and removing contaminated soil to restore a long-forgotten creek. We wrote about the 900-foot stretch, called Quartermaster Reach, last fall. Today, it opens to the public!


Jun 17, 2018
cool map of connected open spaces in the City of San Francisco!



11/3/2015--the 29-acre Curreri property, and the other is the 41-acre SDC41 property


Apr 21, 2021 @NapaLandTrust
#GoodNews in #landconservation Fitzsimmons Ranch joins Hood Mountain protection
Apr 27, 2021 @ridgetrail SONOMA
Hood Mountain Regional Park in Santa Rosa just grew by 200 acres! It's not open to the public yet, but is now protected for wildlife and will hopefully be home to the Ridge Trail someday too! Read more here:


Mar 31, 2020 @SonomaLandTrust
Tomorrow, we will complete an acquisition of a beautiful 54-acre undeveloped property that will expand Taylor Mountain Regional Park! The property, called Cooper Creek, will immediately transfer upon closing to Sonoma County Regional Parks.


Dec 27, 2018 SONOMA
Due to the generosity of some of our neighbors, 40 acres of oak woodland has been preserved into perpetuity. Great news for the Mayacamas, and the Monan's Rill & Mark West Creek watershed!...


Jan 16, 2019 @savetheredwoods
A new @outsidemagazine article features the League & our plans to open CA's newly named Harold Richardson Redwoods Reserve in 2021. At 730 acres, This forest is 33% larger than the popular Muir Woods National Monument near San Francisco.
The 730 acres of old growth that make up this new reserve had been part of the Richardson Ranch ...
In the end, Save the Redwoods paid the family $9.6 million, raised largely through donations, in addition to giving them back 870 acres of coastal land near Stewarts Point that the league had acquired in 2010 from a separate member of the Richardson family. On that property, the league negotiated three easements that will conserve it in perpetuity—with those, the timber business can continue to operate, but with certain restrictions. In addition to the land the family got back, the Richardsons will continue to own and operate their business on the 8,000 acres of surrounding forest.
....Save the Redwoods will manage the park rather than turn it over to a state or federal system. When the reserve opens to the public, it will be the largest redwood park in Sonoma County.
Jun 29, 2018
Save The Redwoods League buys 730 acre ancient tree grove north of SF


5/18/2021 SONOMA
Family preserves 758-acre Foppiano ranch just east of Healdsburg



May 29, 2018 @CalConservation
DOC established a #conservation easement protecting a 732-acre ranch near Lake Berryessa. In Napa County, the easement will help meet CA's #climate goals by keeping the land in ranching, preventing ongoing emissions that would result from the development of housing.


Aug 9, 2018
In Napa: More than a year ago, a 7,260-acre conservation easement (development rights) was bought for $11.5 million on the Montesol Ranch. The latest deal outright buys 1,254 acres of the protected land for $1 million, transferring it to the Open Space District.
New Napa County hiking area will offer a better way to climb Mount St. Helena


“Wragg Ridge Preserve” 1910 acres
The acquisition was funded by grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the California Natural Resources Agency and the Arthur L. and Elaine V. Johnson Foundation.


Feb 4, 2019 @Napa_Insights
Bo and Heidi Barrett have protected, with a CE, more than 100 acres near Calistoga, north of Chateau Montelena! - Thank you for your leadership & generosity!


Mar 22, 2019 
man donates 160 acres to Napa Land Trust


Apr 24, 2019 @NapaLandTrust
The mapmakers @greeninfo did a wonderful job showing the difference 20 years of #landprotection can make


May 2, 2019 @tuleyomeorg
We’d like to build trail to the summit of the small mountain on our newly acquired Huber Ranch property. Got millions? Give super-generously today and you may be able name the peak! #Tuleyome #BDOG2019


Jun 7, 2019
408 acres near Napa's Lake Berryessa is saved


7/11/2019      170 acre conservation easment donated to Napa Land Trust


Aug 14, 2019
864 or 1000 acres of Pacific Union College trails on Howell Mountain in Napa opened to the public were saved by almost $7mil in state $$ in 8/2018
864 ac forest behind Pacific Union College in Napa county is opened to public


11/16/2019· @tuleyomeorg
State $ funds CE
Land conservation around Lake Berryessa grows by 680 acres. read more at:


Feb 27, 2020 @ridgetrail
Funding from Measure K will help Napa County Parks purchase Skyline Wilderness Park from the State of California. A Yes vote on Measure K will keep this park available now and for future generations


CAClimateInvestments @CAClimateInvest @NapaLandTrust
was able to conserve 5,384 acres of Gunn Ranch, thanks in part to a #CAClimateInvestments Sustainable Agriculture Lands Conservation grant


1278 acres


Nov 11, 2020 @NapaLandTrust
Big news in land protection with a project we recently finalized that will ultimately become part of the
Land Trust of Napa County announced the acquisition of 482 acres of undeveloped land that will become part of the University of California’s Natural Reserve System.



Jan 4, 2021 @NapaLandTrust
Napa Land Trust adds 120 acres to 1,000-acre Preserve
Land Trust of Napa County's latest 120-acre addition helps protect a wildlife corridor along the ridge from the 850 acres around Sugarloaf Peak, on the right, to the beginning of the 6,400-acre Cedar Roughs Wilderness Area on the left.


Apr 22, 2021 @NapaLandTrust
Exciting news in #napavalley #landprotection; the Land Trust recently protected nearly 200 acres near Mt. Veeder. Happy #EarthDay2021! #45YearsofLTNC


Jun 27 2022 @NapaLandTrust
We recently protected 1066 acres in 4 properties that connect with lands owned by the State of California and managed by @CaliforniaDFW as well as federal land managed by @BLMNational and @usbr
The newly acquired land also creates a connection between 8,500 protected acres to the south and 7,500 protected acres to the north.



Feb 10, 2016
With the help of you trails enthusiasts/supporters, the Ridge Trail will expand from 325 miles to 500 miles long!


Dec 30, 2020 @ridgetrail
The Ridge Trail dedicated 6 new trails this year, adding over 8 miles in 6 different counties! Find out where they are, download maps, and get a 3D tour of all 6 trails here:


19 Nov 2015
100k acres have been saved through $400 million because of the Bay Program - Amy Hutzel @ca_coastal #oscfunding
There's still 28,000 acres that need to be bought and restored in the Bay - @SFBayDavid #oscfunding


Jul 26, 2019 @GreenFoothills
When the Bay Trail is complete, it will feature 130 parks and open spaces, 230 miles of paved pathways, 120 plus miles of trails, and will link 9 counties across 47 cities. Read about it in

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