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GoMindego: We've Achieved Higher Ground!

The Campaign to Save Mindego Hill

Mindego Hill is a stunning 1,047-acre property located on the San Francisco Peninsula. This distinct landmark, set against the redwood-draped, green-black ridges of the Santa Cruz Mountains, looks out over the western-facing flank of Skyline Ridge. Mindego Hill lies close to Silicon Valley near the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Alpine Road. Breathtaking panoramic vistas unfurl from its 2,143-foot summit, including views of Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, San Gregorio Creek Valley, Pomponio Creek Valley and, on the far western horizon, the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean.

In October 2007, POST launched its GoMindego campaign to raise $29.4 million to protect this classic California landscape. In July 2008, less than a year after the campaign began, POST had surpassed its fund-raising goal of $6.9 million and transferred the property to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) for permanent protection.

More than 1,300 people contributed $7.2 million to POST’s GoMindego campaign, recognizing that Mindego Hill required immediate and extraordinary action to protect free-flowing creeks and streams and critical habitat for plants and wildlife.

Funds raised include $2.3 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; a $500,000 challenge match from an anonymous foundation; $100,000 from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation; and $50,000 from the San Francisco Foundation. A gift of $250,000 from the Palo Alto-based Foundation for Global Community put the campaign over the top.

Thanks to this generous community support, the public will soon be able to savor Mindego Hill’s breathtaking views and explore its many hiking trails. Now we can truly say this land is protected forever.

Thank you for helping us preserve precious open space close to home!