1719 acres bought and 1411 saved with a conservation easement by CC and WCB: 8-14-2003- disburse up to $5,000,000 to the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) towards its acquisition of the Bolsa Point Ranches in San Mateo County.
--206 acres bought by POST at Wavecrest Property in Half Moon Bay
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6-29-06 Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $50,000 to the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority to plan a segment of the San Francisco Bay Area Ridge Trail in the Milpitas-Berryessa area connecting Santa Clara County Open Space Authority lands to City of San Jose parklands in northeastern Santa Clara County.
Project investigation: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/061002notice2.pdf
Map of land: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/cowell6-4-02.pdf
The land is part of a large holding known as Cowell Ranch.. Cowell Ranch is owned by S. H. Cowell Foundation, a foundation for charitable giving with headquarters in San Francisco. DPR, State Coastal Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Board, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and Caltrans will be the proposal’s major funding partners. Trust for Public Land, a national non-profit land conservation organization, is securing the property. Once acquired by DPR, the property would become part of the State Park System.
hearing to discuss the proposed acquisition of 69.67± acres of open space land in Marin
County. For map: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/042302map.pdf
Project investigation: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/042302investigation.pdf
Map of tomales bay parcel http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/110201amap.pdf
--750 acre Poncia ranch by CC 9-2007: acquire a conservation easement over the 750-acre Poncia Ranch south of the town of Tomales, in western Marin County.
By CC 12-5-2001--$100,000 to the Marin Audubon Society, and redirection of $202,000 previously granted to the Marin Open Space District for the Rush Creek Enhancement Plan, for the acquisition of the Simmons Slough property in Marin County.
2-2006 The Sonoma Coast State Beach Citizens Advisory Committee and California State Parks will host a meeting to share planning information and solicit public input regarding future public use of the Carrington Coastal Ranch property, at the junction of Highway 1 and Coleman Valley Road, north of Bodega Bay. This 335-acre former ranchland, with spectacular views of the coastline, was purchased by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District and will be transferred to State Parks for inclusion into Sonoma Coast State Beach. The property is currently open to the public only during guided tours offered by the non-profit group, Landpaths.
Space District, and California State Parks announced today the purchase and permanent public protection of 3,373 acres as a part of Sonoma Coast State Beach. An additional 515 acres are protected through two conservation easements preserving a total of nearly 3,900 acres of the Willow Creek property, just south of the Russian River in Sonoma County. The land being protected through this purchase was formerly owned by Mendocino Redwood Co., LLC. Sonoma Coast State Beach is the third busiest facility within the entire State Parks system. The purchase of the Willow Creek property creates 13,500 acres of protected landscape in western Sonoma County by linking together both public and privately conserved lands that extend from the Pacific Ocean to the coastal hills, including redwood forests and inland grasslands. There are plans to create a 15-mile loop trail through the Willow Creek property that will connect the towns of Occidental and Camp Meeker to the Coastal Trail near Jenner.
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) negotiated the purchase of the Willow Creek property and easements, and MRC agreed to protect the nearly 3,900 acres in this transaction for a cash consideration of $20,785,000. TPL worked together with several agencies to secure funding for this public purchase. The Sonoma Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District contributed $10,225,000, the California Wildlife Conservation Board contributed $4,187,000, the California State Coastal Conservancy contributed $4,187,000, and the California Department of Parks and Recreation contributed $2,186,000. The funds from these state agencies came from voter-approved park bond measures, Propositions 50 and 40. “This purchase protects almost all of the Willow Creek and Freezeout Creek watersheds critical to the health and vitality of the Russian River. There are nearly 3-miles of fish bearing creeks and streams on the property, which offer an excellent opportunity for the successful reintroduction of coho salmon and steelhead trout,” said Al Wright, Executive Director of the California Wildlife Conservation Board.
also see http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/712/files/090502a.pdf
8-2001- proposal by the California Department of Parks and Recreation to acquire a 22-acre parcel of land to be added to Clear Lake State Park, the undeveloped property is at the corner of Soda Bay Road and Clark Drive sough of Clear Lake in Lake County.
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA REGIONAL GROUPS:
Our mission is to make the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area a better place to live by protecting the region's greenbelt and improving the livability of its cities and towns. Since 1958 we have worked in partnership with diverse coalitions on public policy development, advocacy and education.
Bay Area Open Space Council, http://www.openspacecouncil.org/ website has detailed maps of saved open spaces, called the Bay Area Protected Lands Database:
Save the Bay, http://www.savesfbay.org/
As its leading champion, Save The Bay is committed to making the Bay cleaner and healthier and connecting residents to it. Save The Bay wages and wins effective advocacy campaigns to increase public access to the Bay and protect it from today’s greatest threats: urban sprawl and pollution.
In 2003, after four years of intense public opposition, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) finally shelved a runway reconfiguration proposal that could have filled in up to two square miles of San Francisco Bay, which has already been shrunk by one-third. Also that year, the State bought 16,500 acres of salt production ponds along the bay for a major wetland restoration effort.
The Bay Institute, http://www.bay.org/
scientific organization dedicated to restoring the ecosystems of San Francisco Bay
San Francisco Baykeeper, http://www.sfbaykeeper.org/
Defending our waters, from the High Sierra to the Golden Gate, Baykeeper acts as the watchdog of the San Francisco Bay-Delta watershed, fighting to stop the theft of our waterways by polluters. Even today, some individuals, municipalities and companies treat the waters of the Bay-Delta as a private sewer by dumping pesticides, toxic chemicals, raw sewage, oil and garbage. Patrolling the Bay-Delta by boat and by land, Baykeeper seeks to stop illegal pollution and works with governments, urging better regulations and stricter pollution permits.
Based in Berkeley and founded in 1969, the Center promotes environmentally and socially responsible practices, publishes Terrain Magazine (a comprehensive look at environmental issues in Northern California, published 4 times a year), and sponsors groups working on the Headwaters Forest, recycling and plastics, community gardening, Indigenous permaculture, biodiesel and community water rights. To read Terrain back issues, click here: http://www.ecologycenter.org/terrain/
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, http://www.parksconservancy.org/
Established in 1981, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit partner authorized by Congress to support and assist the Golden Gate National Parks in research, interpretation and conservation programs. For map of preserve lands, click here: http://www.parksconservancy.org/visit/parkareamap.php
Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, http://www.ridgetrail.org/
The Bay Area Ridge Trail ultimately will be a 500-mile trail encircling the San Francisco Bay along the ridge tops, open to hikers, equestrians, mountain bicyclists, and outdoor enthusiasts of all types. So far, we have dedicated almost 300 miles of trail for use by Bay Area residents, now and forever. For map of the completed trails, and proposed trails, click here: http://www.ridgetrail.org/trail/RWmap02-06.pdf
San Francisco Bay Trail, http://www.baytrail.org/
San Francisco Parks Trust http://www.sfpt.org/ (http://www.frp.org/ link has changed) Works to to reinvigorate San Francisco's parks, recreation centers and open spaces
mission is to preserve the equestrian heritage in the ‘Great Outdoors of the San Francisco Bay Area’
MARIN COUNTY:Tomales Bay Watershed Council, http://www.tomalesbaywatershed.org/
dedicated to managing the 220 square miles of the Tomales Bay watershed, an area that encompasses about one-third of Marin County, California. Our purpose is to help implement the Tomales Bay Stewardship Plan, unanimously adopted in 2003 as a means for preserving and protecting the water and land resources for sustainable uses by agriculture, aquaculture, business, environmental, recreation and residential interests.
Marin Agricultural Land Trust, http://www.malt.org/
MALT has so far permanently protected over 38,000 acres of land on 58 family farms and ranches by acquiring conservation easements. Click here for map of preserved lands: http://www.malt.org/farming/map.html
Marin County Open Space District, http://www.marinopenspace.org/ main page of website has map of preserves; the District owns 34 parks totaling 14,675 acres
The Tamalpais Conservation Club's primary purpose is to protect the natural features of the mountain, and its slopes and spurs.
The 80 mile long by 20 miles wide, 800,000-acre Blue Ridge Berryessa Natural Area extends from the Mendocino National Forest on the north to the Sacramento River delta on the south. It includes both public and private lands and the Partnership promotes the conservation and enhancement of the expansive landscape that comprises the BRBNA by encouraging the sensitive management of its natural, agricultural, recreational, archeological and historical resources. As a voluntary and inclusive organization, the BRBNACP facilitates coordination and collaboration among its public, private, and nonprofit partners; provides research, information, and education services to partners; and conducts outreach to the public.
For map showing the BRBNA in relation to other preserved open spaces, click here: http://www.brbna.org/CF/graphix/fig1-1.jpg
Napa County Land Trust, http://www.napalandtrust.org/
Has protected over 46,000 acres of land, which are either agricultural conservation easements, or lands now owned by the Land Trust or other public agency. For map of preserved lands, click here: http://www.napalandtrust.org/30%20year%20map_2006.pdf
Has preserved 16,187 acres in the county; owns 10,806 acres and has purchased conservation easements on another 5331 acres. For map of land preserves, click here:
http://www.solanolandtrust.org/solano_protected_lands.php Approximately two-thirds of annual operations funding is provided by assessment districts in Fairfield and the County of Solano.
Trails maps for the public lands in the Blue Ridge mountains
Tuleyome was founded in 2002 as a volunteer advocacy-oriented nonprofit organization that is focused on protecting both the wild and agricultural heritages of the Putah-Cache bioregion, including all or parts of Yolo, Lake, Napa, Colusa, and Solano counties in northwestern California. In 2006, Tuleyome purchased the Ireland Ranch from the Ireland family, who are fifth generation Yolo County residents. The 640-acre ranch is located in the Blue Ridge abutting 9100 acres of public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management as the Berryessa Peak unit. The Blue Ridge, a section of the inner coast range in western Yolo County, runs northwest from Putah Creek to Cache Creek. Completely encircled by private land, no one has been able to visit Berryessa Peak for decades. With Tuleyome's purchase of the Ireland Ranch, this wonderful, 9,100-acre wilderness area will finally be open to the public for docent-led hikes, scientific research and other recreational opportunities.
http://www.quailridge.org/ based in Napa County
The land near Lake Berryessa that we have protected—in recent years with the collaboration and support of the Land Trust of Napa County, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation the Department of Fish & Game, and the UC Natural Reserve System—is now known as Quail Ridge Reserve, and it comprises nearly 2000 acres of near pristine oak-savannah Inner Coast Range habitat. At present, QRWC has recently purchased an additional beautiful parcel (120 acres) adjacent to the Reserve
founded in 1990 as a community based organization to assist in the establishment of the 16,770 acres Yolo Wildlife Area located between the cities of Sacramento and Davis.
Works to preserve and protect the agricultural open space and habitat of Yolo County. For map of lands preserved, click here: http://www.yololandtrust.org/easementmap.htm
Along with the Rodman Slough Preserve nature center project, the trust is working on developing a strategic land conservation plan, and exploring ways to preserve Mt. Konocti and its Black Forest of old growth Douglas fir, (Lake County’s central landmark). The Trust owns 390 acres at Rodman, the Black Forest and Rabbit Hill in Middletown.
Cache Creek Wild. http://www.calwild.org/campaigns/cwhc_act/cachecreekwild.php
Cache Creek Conservancy, http://www.cacheconserv.org/
dedicated to the restoration of the lower Cache Creek corridor. Our mission is to promote the restoration, enhancement and prudent management of the stream environment along Cache Creek from Capay Dam to the Settling Basin. Manages the 130-acre property Cache Creek Nature Preserve that is owned by Yolo County.
ALAMEDA/CONTRA COSTA COUNTIES:Urban Creeks Council, http://www.urbancreeks.org/, based in Berkeley, works statewide to preserve, protect, and restore urban creeks and their riparian habitat.
Alameda Creek Alliance, http://www.alamedacreek.org/ a volunteer based community watershed group working to restore native steelhead trout to Alameda Creek, the largest drainage in the southern San Francisco Bay region, encompassing almost 700 square miles and draining roughly the southern two-thirds of the East Bay; For map of watershed, click here: http://www.alamedacreek.org/About_Alameda_Creek/Alameda%20Creek%20watershed%20map.htm
Save Mount Diablo, http://www.savemountdiablo.org/
Save Mount Diablo is proud of its 35 - year history and its efforts in helping increase open space on and around the mountain from 6,788 acres to more than 89,000 acres.
For map showing history of park purchases, click here: http://www.savemountdiablo.org/Maps_PublicLands.htm#Parkland%20Over%20the%20Years
conserves wild landscapes in Butters Canyon and along Peralta Creek in the City of Oakland and promotes environmental awareness throughout the watershed, to preserve vital habitat for all Bay Area residents to enjoy.
Works in the cities of Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon and the Sunol area.
For map of conserved lands in area, click here http://www.trivalleyconservancy.org/map.html
http://www.muirheritagelandtrust.org/, Contra Costa County
the Muir Heritage Land Trust has permanently preserved over 2000 acres of natural area in Contra Costa County, one of the fastest growing regions of California. For a map of preserves, click here: http://www.muirheritagelandtrust.org/assets/pdfs/maps/map4.pdf and for a map of trail connection corridors http://www.muirheritagelandtrust.org/assets/pdfs/maps/map3.pdf
SAN MATEO/SANTA CLARA COUNTIES:Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, http://www.openspace.org/
The District has permanently preserved 50,000 acres of mountainous, foothill, and bayland open space, creating 25 open space preserves (24 of which are open to the public). The District covers an area of 550 square miles and includes 17 cities (Atherton, Cupertino, East Palo Alto, Half Moon Bay, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Menlo Park, Monte Sereno, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, and Woodside).
Peninsula Open Space Trust, http://www.openspacetrust.org/
Since our founding in 1977, POST has helped to give permanent protection to nearly 55,000 acres of land in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties — an area one and a half times the size of San Francisco and 12 times the size of Yosemite Valley. For map of saved lands, click here: http://www.openspacetrust.org/lands-ov.htm
Santa Clara County Open Space Authority, http://www.openspaceauthority.org/
owns over 10,000 acres of land and manages 1,000 acres as easements and mitigation lands.
For history of land acquisitions, click here: http://www.openspaceauthority.org/Properties/acquisitions/preserved_and_protected_land.htm
Sempervirens Fund (Santa Cruz Mountains) http://www.sempervirens.org/
GOALS: acquiring suitable land in a working partnership with the State of California and other public and private agencies; completing Big Basin Redwoods and Castle Rock state parks;
fostering public participation in activities such as reforestation and trail projects;
linking parks and open spaces to provide an integrated parkland system. Since 1900, has saved over 21,000 acres of redwood forests. For a map of saved lands, click here: http://www.sempervirens.org/completed.htm
Committee for Green Foothills, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties,
Since 1962, Committee for Green Foothills has been dedicated to protecting and preserving open space and habitat on the San Francisco Peninsula and Coastside, throughout San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. For detailed history of their projects, click here: http://www.greenfoothills.org/about/history.html
Pescadero Community Alliance, San Mateo County coast, http://www.gazos.org/
mission is the practical restoration and stewardship of the natural environment of the San Mateo coast, and we are the only organization integrating science, outdoor education and community building with hands-on restoration work in all habitat types.
Pacifica's Environmental Family, http://www.pefplus.org/
Pacifica Land Trust, http://www.pacificalandtrust.org/
The Coastside Land Trust is dedicated to protecting the urban open space of the San Mateo County coast, for enjoyment now and for generations to come. We safeguard scenic bluffs, open space, stream corridors and agricultural lands in and around the communities of Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Miramar, Moss Beach, Princeton-by-the-Sea, and Montara.
Midcoast Park Lands, http://www.mpl.sanmateo.org/, runs the 40 acre Quarry park in El Granada (near Half Moon Bay) and is working to save the Burnham Strip there from development.
volunteer organization formed in 1983 to provide and promote quality non-motorized trail opportunities for all people in San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Alameda and San Francisco counties.
http://www.nativehabitats.org/ based on the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains in northern California