Living Landscape Initiative:
POST Joins Forces with Leading Conservation Groups to Create a Vibrant, Sustainable Landscape in the Heart of Coastal California
Vast open spaces, broad biodiversity, productive working lands, recreational access and dramatic natural beauty help attract an educated work force to the Silicon Valley region and improve quality of life here. But as development and growth continue to explode and the effects of climate change accelerate, our local natural lands are at risk of disappearing altogether.
POST is collaborating with a group of leading conservation organizations to create a sustainable landscape and achieve critical large-scale land protection in the heart of coastal California. The new effort, called the Living Landscape Initiative, includes POST and the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County, The Nature Conservancy, Save the Redwoods League and Sempervirens Fund.
Saving Nature in and around Silicon Valley
The goal of the Initiative is to protect 80,000 acres over the next 20 years in four key areas: Coastal Lands, the Redwood Heartland, the Pajaro River Corridor, and other Essential Links. The vision is to preserve our area’s beauty and natural benefits so we can maintain our quality of life and continue nourishing the intellectual capital and social and economic engine of Silicon Valley.
Sacramento-based Resources Legacy Fund helped launch the effort using major support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. To attract matching funds from the public and private sectors, the Moore Foundation has put forth a $15 million 3-to-1 challenge grant for land acquisition and stewardship over the next three years.
“Setting a large-scale vision for how nature can survive in the Silicon Valley region is the only way we can secure a viable, sustainable future for the diversity of life here,” said POST President Audrey Rust. “There is a window of opportunity to get this work done now, and we must do right by the land and seize that chance before it’s too late.”
For more information, please visit the Initiative’s website at www.livinglandscapeinitiative.org.