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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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02Mar 17
Light At The End Of The Wildlife Tunnel

Light at the End of the Wildlife Tunnel

When we closed on the third and final property needed to build the Highway 17 Wildlife Crossing Monday, I exhaled a huge sigh of relief. The Wildlife Crossing project really represents the high-risk culture of the Land Trust. It’s unusual…

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27Feb 17
Rail Trail Politics

Rail Trail Politics

The Trail Only/Train Never folks took out ads the past few weeks arguing for abandoning the rail option. There were the usual arguments presented as responses to “myths” supposedly put forth by Rail Trail supporters. The Land Trust supports building…

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14Feb 17
Making Mountain Biking Respectable

Making Mountain Biking Respectable

We’ve been meeting with lots of people about mountain biking lately – our San Vicente Redwoods partners (POST, Sempervirens Fund, and Save the Redwoods League), County officials, and the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz County. The meetings are about the…

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06Feb 17
What Terry Leaves Behind

What Terry Leaves Behind

When a leader like Terry Corwin steps off the stage after a decade, people inevitability wonder if and how the show will go on. The question always is some variation of: can the company/organization thrive without them? I have worked…

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03Feb 17
Farewell Letter

Farewell Letter

Dear Friends, Partners and Fellow Community Members, After 11 years as the Executive Director and President of the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, I have decided that it is time to retire and start the next chapter in my…

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20Jan 17
Why Things Take So Long

Why Things Take So Long

We got an email the other day complaining that 2020 was too long to wait for the Wildlife Tunnel to be built. “How many mountain lions will be killed by then?” the writer asked. We don’t know how many lions…

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12Jan 17
What If We Don’t Reach $20 Million?

What if we don’t reach $20 Million?

A donor came by our office just before the end of the year to drop off his donation. But first he had a question: what happens if we fall short of our $20 million goal? We have to admit that…

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