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Protecting open space is only the beginning of our process to ensure that land will ecologically thrive and provide high-quality experiences for the public. Protected lands need to be cared for in perpetuity.
Working with partners, POST’s stewardship team uses both traditional and innovative techniques to evaluate, prioritize and care for open space on each POST-protected property. We also work with landowners to ensure that the terms of conservation easements are met by monitoring the land annually.
Our work ranges from essential maintenance like re-grading roads, fixing fences and managing vegetation for fire control, to ambitious long-term restoration projects that create vibrant habitats for native plants and wildlife. Other examples include invasive weed eradication, developing new trails, reviving river, stream and creekside habitats, and managing productive working lands such as ranches, farms and forests.
Farms, forests and grazing lands provide jobs, produce locally-grown food and help restore and maintain habitat health. POST projects promote sustainable and productive uses for these lands while protecting and enhancing our natural resources. Recent projects include managed grazing, water infrastructure improvements and selective timber harvesting.
Almost all of the old-growth trees at POST-protected San Vicente Redwoods were clear-cut in the early 1900s – before we knew how devastating such a practice was. Overcrowded and stressed from competition for resources, much of the forest is struggling to recover. Read about our plan to heal this forest.
In 2016, POST partnered with the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District on a restoration project along a one-mile stretch of Butano Creek to improve habitat and reconnect the creek with 100 acres of historical floodplain. Read about this incredible project.
When we protected 326 acres in Barrett Canyon, we also took responsibility for five uninhabitable structures, three dilapidated outbuildings, remnants of multiple illegal marijuana grows and house-sized junk piles. We needed to “rewild” Barrett Canyon, returning the land to a more natural state. Learn about the process.