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POST supporters and advocates make our work possible. Whether making a donation, leading a hike, telling a friend about our work, or liking us on Facebook, we have many people cheering us on. We often say, “The results are all around you.” And it’s true. Today I am thrilled to announce that we have reached our $50M financing goal for our Heart of the Redwoods Campaign – six months ahead of schedule. To date, the campaign has protected 9,875 acres of local redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains, and this financing makes it possible to continue our work to protect over 10,000 more.
We could not have done it without our donors and conservation partners. During the campaign, we felt it was extremely powerful to get out into the redwoods. We did that with over 100 POST-led outings including hiking, biking, spelunking and even horseback riding. We hosted hiking groups, book clubs, Millennials, kids and donors who’ve been supporting us since our founding in 1977. Spending time among these natural giants is amazing and clearly moved all of us to take action.
Like our donors, the entire POST staff has been deeply committed to the preservation of these forests for wildlife habitat, human enjoyment, the ecological benefits they provide, and their ability to link four state parks into 100,000 square acres of protected open space. Everyone from our land staff, to our advancement and administrative teams, played a role. It has been a broad and far-reaching campaign and our staff pursued it with intensity, creativity, graciousness and professionalism. It has been wonderful to see POST staff connect with POST donors and partners over the last three years to make this vision a reality.
There is so much to celebrate about this important milestone. We now have the financial capacity to protect the next 10,000 acres and are ready to go to work. I hope the next time you look out at the rolling hills, open coast side or mighty redwoods, you are proud of what we’ve accomplished together.
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.