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Land conservation means not only protecting the land, but keeping it in good condition too. POST’s stewardship team uses both traditional and innovative techniques to manage land and evaluate and prioritize opportunities on each POST-owned property.
Our work ranges from essential maintenance like re-grading roads, fixing fences and managing vegetation for fire control, to ambitious long-term restoration projects that create vibrant habitats for native plants and wildlife. Other examples include invasive weed eradication, developing new trails, reviving river, stream and creekside habitats, and managing productive working lands like ranches, farms and forests.
We also annually monitor permanently protected lands by working with the landowners to ensure that the terms of our conservation easements are being met.
In 2015, POST began our first selective harvest of redwood on 80 acres of San Vicente Redwoods under the direction of Nadia Hamey, a Registered Professional Forester. The harvest follows a rigorous Timber Harvest Plan (THP) that took nearly 3 years to prepare and was reviewed by POST, numerous state regulatory agencies and our project partners – the Sempervirens Fund who is co-owner of the property, and Save the Redwoods League. The goals of the plan are to improve forest health, improve the vigor of native plant communities, reduce fire hazards and reduce sedimentation to waterways on the property. Revenues resulting from the timber harvest will be invested back into ongoing stewardship of the property.
Cloverdale is home to six man-made ponds that were built roughly 50 years ago to store water for livestock. Over time, as natural habitat for the endangered San Francisco garter snake and the California red-legged frog began to disappear, these ponds provided critical habitat. Sediment and vegetation were choking the ponds, so POST stepped in to restore them to their proper function. A $425,000 grant from Caltrans helped POST and the the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District (RCD) to restore the ponds by removing overgrown vegetation and sediment, increasing pond depth and installing troughs and exclusionary fencing to separate endangered species from the active agricultural operation. Since 2007, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been conducting unique research on San Francisco garter snakes on Cloverdale, including an assessment of the impacts of the ponds restoration project and POST’s ongoing management activities.
POST is partnering with the San Mateo County RCD on a restoration project along a one-mile stretch of Butano Creek on POST’s Butano Farms property. The project involves the installation of a series of bioengineered log jams to limit further incision of the creek channel and raise the creek bed so it can reconnect the creek with 115 acres of the historical floodplain. We expect this work to reduce flooding to the downstream town of Pescadero, reduce sedimentation in Pescadero Marsh, create habitat for coho salmon and steelhead trout and increase groundwater infiltration via the restored floodplain. The project has been funded by a competitive grant from the state’s Urban Streams Restoration Program. Design and permitting are ongoing and construction is expected to start in the summer of 2016.
As POST continues the important work of caring for the land, we will periodically issue Requests for Proposal (RFPs) on various projects.
There are no current projects for which we have outstanding requests for proposal.