Thanks to years of visionary property acquisition, POST enjoys a strong reputation for successful land conservation. Part of the protection process includes evaluating and selecting appropriate stewardship activities for each POST-owned property on a case-by-case basis.
Our stewardship program utilizes both traditional and innovative techniques to manage land. Where needed, we engage in basic land maintenance activities, including re-grading ranch roads, fixing fences and reducing fuels for fire control. We also conduct research and planning to establish baseline assessments of property conditions and obtain required permits from public agencies to pursue projects to care for these lands. When appropriate, we also work to restore landscapes to enhance their authentic natural character and maintain healthy, vibrant habitat for native plants and wildlife.
Land management is time- and cost-intensive, and POST devotes a significant amount of staff and financial resources to this work. We have received grants from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation to improve our mapping systems, as well as funding from Mel and Joan Lane, the Bella Vista Foundation, the California Coastal Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Game, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the San Francisco Foundation, and Community Foundation Silicon Valley for specific stewardship projects on individual properties.
In 2001, POST received a $2.5 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to fund the majority of our stewardship work. POST has been able to stretch this grant over five years to cover the costs of stewardship projects on more than 20,000 acres of open space. However, this funding is coming to an end, and we are presently seeking new support for our stewardship activities.
If you are interested in making a gift in support of POST's stewardship work, please contact Anne Trela, Vice President for Advancement, at (650) 854-7696 x337 or atrela at openspacetrust.org.