Last week, the Scotts Valley City Council approved the Land Trust’s management plan for the Glenwood Open Space Preserve – a big step toward opening this 170-acre City-owned property to public access. (Read the management plan.) It’s been a long time coming. Council member Stephany Aguilar said the preserve would be “a gem of Scotts Valley.” Council member Jim Reed said he “couldn’t wait for it to open.”
He won’t have to wait long. The first trails will be built on the Glenwood Preserve in Scotts Valley this winter and open in the spring– with more on the way. The first couple of miles of trails will be on the western side of the preserve, above Scotts Valley High. The Land Trust will work with Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz and parents and students at the school to build the trails up the steep hills above the high school.
Trails on the eastern side of the preserve will be built after a City-run public process. The trails on that side must avoid sensitive habitat that is the home to a number of listed species. Most of the funding that protected the property from development (145 homes were planned and scaled back to 48 clustered homes) is tied to the protection of the Ohlone Tiger Beetle and other species. (Read our press release.)
The Land Trust holds the easement protecting these species and will build the trails around the sensitive areas.
It’s another example of how we work with partners to protect our county. We’re partnering with POST, Save the Redwoods, and Sempervirens on building trails at San Vicente Redwoods. We’re working with Caltrans to get a wildlife tunnel built under Highway 17. And we’re partners with RTC on building the Rail Trail.
Partnerships take time, but they’re how you get big things done – and we want to get big things done! You can help us get this and other big things done by making a donation today – two of your board members will DOUBLE your gift.