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26May 17
Good Neighbors: PCS And Antonelli Pond

Good Neighbors: PCS and Antonelli Pond

The Land Trust has owned and cared for Antonelli Pond since 1983 – and it has never looked better than it does today thanks to an infusion of neighborly volunteer help from the volunteers at Pacific Colligate School (PCS) –…

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10May 17
Our Rail Trail Record (Set Straight)

Our Rail Trail Record (Set Straight)

Last week a blogger put out some false information about the Land Trust’s position on the Rail Trail.  To set the record straight, the Land Trust has: never promoted a bus option for the corridor, never told the RTC that…

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28Apr 17
Biodiversity And Project Diversity, Too!

Biodiversity and Project Diversity, Too!

After the Land Trust’s April Board meeting on Friday, about half the Board got a tour of two small (10 acres and 40 acres) Sandhills properties. Consultant Jodi McGraw gave them the biodiversity tour of what makes the Sandhills so…

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21Apr 17
Helping Wildlife Statewide

Helping Wildlife Statewide

Our Wildlife Tunnel project on Highway 17 won’t just help wildlife here – it will help wildlife all across California. That’s because for this innovative project to be built, a state law had to be passed and two state agencies…

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11Apr 17
Rail Trail Agreement – For Now

Rail Trail Agreement – for now

We saw something last week that you don’t often see, in fact, that I don’t recall ever seeing: unanimous agreement on the Rail Trail.  The occasion was the meeting of the Regional Transportation Commission.  The Land Trust, Bike Santa Cruz…

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05Apr 17
Mountain Bikers: Outlaws Or Respectable Citizens?

Mountain Bikers: Outlaws or Respectable Citizens?

Good Times published a gushing story about Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) last week, well worth a read. Towards the end, Matt De Young, MSOSC’s new Executive Director, says their biggest challenge is leaving their “outlaw” history behind and…

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28Mar 17
The Challenge Of Forever

The Challenge of Forever

  Land protection doesn’t end when a land trust buys the land or an easement limiting development. We call what happens later stewardship. It is caring for the land: cleaning up trash, maintaining trails or access, removing invasive plants, making…

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13Mar 17
Good News, Bad News

Good News, Bad News

I spent three days last week at the annual California Land Trust Conference – where there was a lot of talk about some of our innovative projects. The Land Trust and our partners did a workshop on the San Vicente…

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