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It’s not visible on the ground yet, but we are making progress on our plans to build miles of trails throughout the county.

Our San Vicente Redwoods Access Plan is entering its final stages of review – this round by experts, including State Parks, MidPen Open Space District, County Parks and others. After this review, the staff of the San Vicente Partners will make any needed changes and then it should be ready for final partner approval early next year.

Planning for trails on our Watsonville Slough Farm got underway the past month. We’ll be hiring a part-time Outreach Coordinator in January. We’re planning an extensive outreach effort as we develop plans for five miles of trails, picnic areas, and other amenities. Our timeline calls for trails to be open in 2020.

Trails on the Glenwood Open Space Preserve will be discussed at the December 6th Scotts Valley City Council. We are planning to work with Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, and students and parents at Scotts Valley High to build the first trails on the west side of Glenwood Drive, above the high school. These trails could be open next spring! Trails on the larger, eastern side of the preserve will follow after the City holds public hearings.

That’s 45 miles of trails – a huge increase in the approximately 250 miles of trails in the county. You can support this work with a donation here.

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Stephen Slade is the Executive Director at Land Trust of Santa Cruz County. He has more than 40 years non-profit experience in fundraising, communications, and management – and a deep passion for the lands that make Santa Cruz special.

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  1. Just wanted to tell you we visited France this fall and saw something great. They are building several wildlife crossings over the freeways in south France between Avignon and Nice. The overpasses are tall with high walls to block freeway views. It was a encouraging site to see! Patty

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