POST protects open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all.
POST is creating a network of protected lands where people and nature connect and thrive. These lands are preserved forever so present and future generations benefit from the careful balance of rural and urban landscapes that makes our region extraordinary.
Take a look at what we have accomplished so far, and what we hope to accomplish in the future.
Since our founding in 1977, POST has protected more than 87,000 acres of permanent open space, farms and parkland in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. Discover more about our process and the areas POST has worked to preserve.
In 2022, POST finalized a new strategic plan to help shape our path forward. After input from our staff, board and partners, as well as a close look at the state of conservation in our region, we landed on three priorities that will shape our work: building climate resilience, preserving biodiversity and creating equitable access.
POST will implement land protection and management strategies that build adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change impacts — including drought, fire and increased temperatures.
POST will protect, restore, steward and functionally connect a mosaic of habitats and land uses across our region that preserve our unique biodiversity.
POST will create and nurture sustainable long-term connections between people and nature, addressing current inequities by centering underserved and historically excluded communities in our work.
We believe that we are part of an interconnected web of life and that diversity of all types creates strength and resilience. In our work, we strive to protect and heal the ecosystems that support our collective well-being.
We take action today in ways that support our bold, long-term vision. We accept and balance the tension between the present and the future while staying true to our purpose.
We are creative, curious and courageous in our approaches and willing to change course when necessary. We learn from our successes and mistakes.
We believe all living things should be treated with dignity. We acknowledge the many injustices against people and nature. We are dedicated to strive for equity in our actions.
We have the most positive impact when we work together towards a shared vision. We catalyze, collaborate and complement to support the best outcomes for all.