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I’ve been working to protect open spaces for a long time (23 years with POST, to be exact). Throughout my career, the focus has been to build upon our previous work by connecting areas of protected open space. Well, last May, we took a major step forward in connecting open space in the South Bay.
In partnership with the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (the Authority), we protected 326 acres of Barrett Canyon, south of the Almaden Reservoir. At nearly the same time, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen) protected 154 acres of adjacent land within the canyon—totaling 480 acres of newly protected open space.
Through these two acquisitions, there are exciting opportunities for new South Bay trails on 31,000 acres of connected land. There is now a permanently protected landscape linkage between Midpen’s Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve and the Authority’s Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve; the expanded network of open space also includes Calero and Almaden Quicksilver County Parks.
Take a look and see for yourself how these newly protected properties connect South Bay open spaces:
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 75,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.