Open Space Group Surpasses 60K Acres

Midpeninsula Regional District to take over management of October Farm.

The (MROSD) has crossed the threshold of preserving 60,000 acres of land, the group announced on Thursday.

After approving a lease with  (POST), MROSD will now manage the 270-acre October Farm property.

“While there is still much work to be done, it is truly remarkable how much wildland the District and its partners have preserved in the densely populated Bay Area,” said District General Manager Steve Abbors in a statement today. “This is the job the voters asked the District to do on their behalf and we are continuing to preserve these natural lands that sustain our quality of life in so many ways, providing clean air, clean water and respite from urban life.”

The District, a public agency created in 1972 by Santa Clara County voters, has since expanded throughout San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties with the mission of “preserving a regional greenbelt of open space, protecting and restoring the environment and providing for ecologically-sensitive public enjoyment,” according to the statement.

The 60,000 acres now managed by MROSD includes 24 open space preserves and more than 234 miles of trails, free of charge and open to the public.

October Farm is located near Half Moon Bay and will for now remain owned by POST and managed by MROSD. Both agencies will work in a public-private partnership toward common land preservation goals, according to the statement.

Prior to this agreement, October Farm had the potential for three residential developments, but will now remain environmentally balanced with agricultural use.

The property includes Irish Ridge as well as a ¾-mile stream frontage on Lobitos Creek, where the District sees opportunities for restoration projects that could benefit threatened species such as .

-- Patch staff

Marisuita November 27, 2011 at 03:44 PM
I think it is fantastic!! I think of our hillsides in Daly City, crawling with row upon row of houses, few of the magnificent spaces remaining. If the entire peninsula were like that, how different our Bay Area would feel!! I am inspired now to enjoy these wide open spaces, not only with my eyes and with the thought of all the critters who thrive there, but to make my way over to some of these spaces and drink in the greenery to refresh my spirit. Thank you MROSD and POST.
Claire Felong November 27, 2011 at 06:12 PM
A wonderful Thanksgiving gift to us all. Open creek property is integral to preserving healthy water for us all. The adjacent open ground/watershed is critical as it serves as "kidneys" to cleanse the water. All San Mateo County governments need to consider adopting ordinances that create creekside zones within which new development cannot occur. Clean ocean and bay water creates a thriving, health aquatic environment but is dependent on clean water coming in from the watersheds above.
wotten1 November 27, 2011 at 07:26 PM
I'm adding a heavy handful of Me Too to stir into the commentary stew because the posts from Marisuita and Claire Felong pretty much sum up my feelings on this transaction on behalf of Peninsula open space.
Joseph Lucero November 28, 2011 at 04:36 PM
I feel this great for the community, environment and animal life, a great win win


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