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Open Space District Acquires 270 Acres Near Half Moon Bay

Plans to enhance critical habitat for steelhead trout at Lobitos Creek.

Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District announced this afternoon that it paid $3.5 million from the Peninsula Open Space District (POST) to acquire October Farm, 270 acres of land near Half Moon Bay located south of the Purisima Creek Open Space Preserve.

"It forms a critical piece of the Coastside conservation corridor and provides the District another opportunity to support agriculture on the coast,” said District General Manager Steve Abbors.

Filled with rolling grassland, heavily vegetated canyons and riparian corridors — as well as providing habitat for burrowing owls, badgers, mountain lions and the California red-legged frog — the farm reaches an elevation of 845 feet.

The acquisition of the land also expands the District's stewardship of Lobitos Creek. The organization says it plans to enhance the creekside habitat to provide migration and spawning grounds for the , another California endangered species.

The 270 acres extends across Lobitos Creek Road and also includes the lower portion of Irish Ridge which separates the watersheds of Tunitas and Lobitos creeks.

"It’s a beautiful property with stunning views in all directions,” Abbors said.

Transition of the land to the District's jurisdiction began last year when it of October Farm from after signing a lease with the Palo Alto-based POST in November. 

"October Farm is one of several key links in a chain of protected lands that running from Skyline Ridge to the sea delivering multiple benefits to people and wildlife," said POST president Walter T. Moore. 

The District also plans to return the farm back to its traditional use for beef cattle production this summer, when it says it will reintroduce grazing on the land. It also anticipates completing a comprehensive grazing plan.

Until October Farm has been incorporated in long-term planning efforts as part of the Purisima Creek Open Space Preserve, it will be closed to the public, the District said.

"This property is an excellent addition to the network of open space that POST and the District have worked together to save in the Lobitos Ridge area," Moore concluded.

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Brian Ginna March 16, 2012 at 06:57 PM
"It’s a beautiful property with stunning views in all directions" "Until October Farm has been incorporated in long-term planning efforts as part of the Purisima Creek Open Space Preserve, it will be closed to the public, the District said." In order words, good luck never enjoying those views.
Carol Wexler March 16, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I'm happy to hear that this wonderful piece of land has been acquired by POST. I hope they never turn it over to the Feds and they never open it to the public. It will be kept safe that way. No baby diapers, no beer bottles, no trash, no guns, no footprints, just hoof prints, claw prints, wild paw prints.......
Brian Ginna March 16, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Carol - MROSD purchased the land from POST. POST is not a good steward of its lands - that has been a huge problem in El Granada. They do not police their properties. Why not open it to the public? We paid for it. Ridiculous, wrong-headed sentiment.
Carol Wexler March 20, 2012 at 04:00 AM
Why does the public have to have everything? People are so greedy. Mine mine mine. Just because it's there doesn't mean that we should use it.
Brian Ginna March 21, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Greed? We paid for the property. The public. Perhaps you would prefer to donate some money to pay back the public? How absurd.
Carol Wexler March 24, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Brian, Just how much money did you donate to Post? Were you told that you could dictate how the money could be used? I believe they have a basic charter but it doesn't say that the land that is purchased WILL be opened to the public. But, I am not sure. It would be a good thing for you to look up. Then you would know for the next time when you consider donating your money to POST.
Brian Ginna March 27, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I suggest you re-read the article, starting with the headline - "Open Space District Acquires..." POST *SOLD* the land to MROSD. Perhaps once you are able to grasp the basic elements of the story you might change your tune a little. Reading comprehension comes in handy. I have not donated money to POST in the recent past and have no plans to do so in the future. Prior to Ms. Rust's leaving POST, the top five executives were receiving over $1.1 million in salary. They play a rich-man's game of using taxpayer-money to finance their lifestyles.
Carol Wexler March 31, 2012 at 07:38 PM
I did re-read the article as suggested. I don't see where this says anything about tax payer's money. Would you please help me out here? I was under the impression that these were non-profit organizations and that they had nothing to do with goverment: city, county, state or federal. Maybe I am wrong.
George Muteff March 31, 2012 at 08:40 PM
"Maybe I am wrong." I'm afraid so Carol. POST, Mid-Pen, GGNRA and the rest all receive public funds and they all work collaboratively between themselves FBO their own goals and objectives. They've been at it for years and only get better at it as time goes on. You may not appreciate Brian's tone, but his content is spot on.
Carol Wexler April 01, 2012 at 01:52 AM
George, Thanks for the information.

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