Our Vision

POST is creating a network of protected lands where people and nature connect and thrive. These lands are preserved forever so present and future generations benefit from the careful balance of rural and urban landscapes that makes our region extraordinary.

Our Impact

Since our founding in 1977, we have preserved over 87,000 acres of open space in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. These protected lands include permanent open space, farms and parks. Discover more about our strategic plan, our values, and our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.


Our Process

Our extensive experience collaborating with partners and leveraging funds allows us to acquire and restore land effectively. To do this work well, we rely on:

  • a range of dedicated partner organizations who we collaborate with on mutual objectives
  • proven methods for successful land protection that we’ve refined over time
  • a stewardship team who cares for each property by promoting productive use of working lands, protecting natural resources and creating opportunities for recreation

How we do this work matters to us — both within our organization and in engaging partner groups, contractors and the communities we serve. As such, we commit ourselves to fostering:

Our Focus Areas

Our five focus areas allow us to take a holistic approach to sustaining our local ecosystem and span the variety of open space usages in our community: Public Access, Redwoods, Wildlife Linkages, Farmlands and Coyote Valley.

Public Access Program iconPublic Access Program

Making land accessible for the benefit of all. Learn More


POST Redwood ProgramRedwoods Program

Preserving the future of our mighty forests. Learn More

Farmland Program POSTFarmland Program

Supporting local sustainable agriculture. Learn More


Wildlife Linkages Program - POSTWildlife Linkages Program

Ensuring the resilience of native species. Learn More

Coyote Valley Program POST
Coyote Valley

Protecting our “last chance landscape.” Learn More

Help us protect open space on the Peninsula and in the South Bay for the benefit of all.

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