Public-private partnership protects nature preserves in California

The Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority announced the purchase of a 159-acre property that widens a vital linkage between the Authority’sRancho Cañada del Oro and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s Sierra Azul open space preserves.

This provides opportunities for connecting recreation options across the two preserves, while securing wildlife habitat and expanding a protected corridor between Highway 17 and Coyote Valley.

The property, known locally as “the Punch Bowl” because of its bowl-shaped terrain, is now permanently protected as open space, the trust said in its announcement.

It borders properties in Barrett Canyon that were protected earlier this year and was purchased for $400,000, funded in part by a $130,000 grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The trust and the authority are funding the remainder.

“This acquisition is the latest piece in the puzzle of creating effective landscape linkages across the Peninsula and South Bay for wildlife and for people,” said Walter T. Moore, president of the trust. “We are grateful to the Authority as an essential partner in creating a network of protected lands where nature and people can connect and thrive.”

The P3 allows for continued protection of these vital spaces for years to come.

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