From protecting the largest expanse of unprotected redwoods in Santa Cruz to creating a nature preserve in western Sonoma County, our Land Conservation Program collaborates with other groups to conserve large-scale landscapes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Expanding the network of conserved landscapes is critical to maintaining the function of natural systems. By collaborating with other groups focused on regional conservation, we strive to increase collective efforts to conserve large-scale landscapes. To measure progress, we track the number of acres conserved and progress toward protecting habitat types and connections made across lands that are protected in the region. We prioritize acquisition projects that are grounded in science-based regional conservation planning—such as the Upland Habitat Goals, the Bay Lands Goals and natural community conservation plans.
Open-space protection can achieve multiple benefits: enhancing scenic beauty, reducing sprawl and maintaining healthy ecosystems. Our investments have also supported large expanses of endangered species habitat in the Mt. Diablo area and the restoration of the South Bay salt ponds. To help sustain a healthy Bay Area ecosystem, we support strategic planning to identify regional priorities, effective partnerships to take plans and approaches to scale and science that supports the long-term durability of natural systems.