Since our founding in 1977, POST has saved more than 70,000 acres of open space on the wild and rugged San Francisco Peninsula – including more than 17,000 acres to date through our coastal campaign, Saving the Endangered Coast, and 12,569 acres through a previous campaign, Completing the Vision: The Campaign to Save Essential Open Space.
Saving the Endangered Coast
POST's coastal campaign was launched in 2001 to save 20,000 of open space along the San Mateo Coast. It is the largest land protection initiative ever undertaken by any local land trust.
To date, Saving the Endangered Coast has saved 25 prime properties from Pacifica in the north to Año Nuevo State Reserve to the south. When fund raising for the campaign was completed at the end of 2005, POST had raised more than $200 million from more than 10,000 donors. The lands protected through this historic campaign will provide scenic beauty, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, agricultural resources and spiritual respite to all those who live, work and play along the magnificent San Mateo Coast.
Completing the Vision: The Campaign to Save Essential Open Space
POST's Completing the Vision campaign lasted from 1996 to 1999, raising $33.4 million – $4.9 million more than POST's original goal. At the time it was one of the largest regional capital campaigns ever completed by a land trust in California.
A total of 7,885 donors joined us in this landmark effort to save 12 open space properties on the Peninsula. These lands feature some of the Peninsula's most precious natural resources, from redwood forests and oak covered knolls to Bay wetlands. Some are now open to the public. Private funds enabled POST to secure an additional $15 million from regional, state and federal government sources toward the permanent protection of these precious lands.