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POST Transfers Two Ridgetop Properties to Santa Clara County Open Space Authority

July 15, 2009

Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) announced today that it has transferred two properties totaling 192 acres to the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority (SCCOSA) for permanent ownership and management. As public land, these ridgetop properties overlooking the edge of suburban San Jose will now officially connect more than 8,000 acres of adjacent open space and parkland in south Santa Clara County.

POST completed the sale of these rugged, undeveloped lands to SCCOSA on June 30, transferring a 118-acre parcel to the Open Space Authority for $400,000 and an adjacent 74-acre parcel for $250,000. The 118 acres, which POST acquired in March, is located next to Almaden Quicksilver County Park, while the 74 acres, acquired by POST in February, is next to SCCOSA’s Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve, also originally protected by POST.

“The open lands of south Santa Clara County are truly unique in their breathtaking beauty, convenient location near urban communities, and the extraordinary diversity of plant and wildlife they support,” said POST President Audrey Rust. “The transfer of these lands to public ownership helps preserve the South Bay’s remarkable natural legacy and continues the fundamental land protection work POST is pursuing with the Open Space Authority and other public agencies. We cannot take our open lands for granted. Working together, we can all do our part to keep wildlife habitat healthy and our greenbelt of mountains and hillsides rugged and beautiful, just as they are now.”