Since our founding in 1977, POST has saved more than 74,000 acres of open space on the wild and rugged San Francisco Peninsula – including more than 10,000 acres to date through our recently completed Heart of the Redwoods Campaign.
Heart of the Redwoods – 20,000 acres of Protected Redwood Forest
In 2011, POST launched the Heart of the Redwoods Campaign, a $50 million campaign to save 20,000 acres of the last remaining redwood forests in Silicon Valley's backyard. These majestic landscapes are part of our region's unique natural heritage and vital to the health of our land, water, air and wildlife.
Designated as one of twenty-five global conservation "hotspots," our region contains an astonishing variety of vulnerable plant and animal species that depend on thriving redwood ecosystems for their survival. Through the Heart of the Redwoods campaign, POST saw an extraordinary opportunity to preserve some of our last remaining redwood forests that play an essential role in maintaining the biodiversity of the San Francisco Bay Area.
At the end of 2014, POST successfully completed our $50 million goal six months ahead of schedule. We are grateful to supporters, including the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the many generous individuals who made this campaign possible. We are also fortunate to work with numerous project partners including MROSD, San Mateo County Parks, the Coastal Conservancy and Living Landscapes Initiative.
We have currently protected 10,000 acres of redwood forest and are poised to protect the next 10,000 in the years ahead.
Go Mindego! - The Campaign to Save Mindego Hill
Mindego Hill is a stunning 1,047-acre property set against the green-black ridges of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It looks out over the western-facing flank of Skyline Ridge and lies close to Silicon Valley near the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Alpine Road. Breathtaking panoramic vistas unfurl from its 2,143-foot summit, including views of Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, San Gregorio Creek Valley, Pomponio Creek Valley and, on the far western horizon, the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean.
POST launched our GoMindego campaign in 2007 and less than a year after the campaign began, we surpassed our fund-raising goal of $6.9 million and transferred the property to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) for permanent protection.
More than 1,300 people contributed our GoMindego campaign including include $2.3 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; a $500,000 challenge match from an anonymous foundation; $100,000 from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation; and $50,000 from the San Francisco Foundation. A gift of $250,000 from the Palo Alto-based Foundation for Global Community put the campaign over the top. POST is grateful to all of the campaign donors for an extraordinary effort.