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Being resilient means having the ability to recover from or easily adjust to change. It is key to maintaining our own personal health and the health of our environment.
It is why POST is working to ensure that the landscapes we’ve protected are resilient to a changing climate and an uncertain future. To do this, we work to understand, protect and foster the ideal characteristics of a resilient landscape.
One of the facets of a resilient landscape, whether rural or urban, is that it is an interconnected ecosystem, where different parts of the landscape contribute to its health. In the video below, Dr. Nicole Heller, our Director of Conservation Science, explores this interconnectivity and some of the invisible benefits of open space:
POST has invested heavily in preserving natural habitats and open spaces from the South Bay to north of Half Moon Bay. Today, we are working to better understand how to optimize the delicate balance between these open spaces and the more urban areas that surround them.
To further our understanding of this complex idea, POST is working with the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) to learn more about how the green spaces in our cities support native species and contribute important connections between larger open spaces. SFEI has done same amazing work creating principles of landscape resilience specifically for Silicon Valley.
As both a multiplier and an insurance policy, resilience provides the framework for landscapes to function. By applying the strategies of landscape resilience to both our existing and future work we will be well positioned to create a region that thrives well into the future.
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.