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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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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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