Author: Lennie Roberts

Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail

Protecting Pedestrians While Accommodating E-Bikes on the Coastal Trail

Half Moon Bay’s efforts to ban e-bikes on the Coastal Trail may be thwarted by a new state law. But there is a possible solution that will be a win-win for everyone involved: redesigning the Coastal Trail to include both paved surfaces for bikes and e-bikes, and unpaved surfaces for pedestrians. This would increase safety,...

coastal erosion in Moss Beach

Saving Our Beaches

California’s coastal bluffs, cliffs, and iconic beaches face a perilous future, as rising seas and hammering waves, fueled by climate change, are causing increased rates of shoreline erosion. Many beaches have been impacted by shoreline “protection” structures such as sea walls, revetments and rip-rap (boulders) that were installed in hopes of protecting coastal development. Ironically,...

Pescadero Marsh

Why We Protect Coastal Wetlands

  Coastal wetlands are too valuable to lose. They filter our water, help protect coastal communities from floods and sea level rise, and preserve biodiversity. That is why Green Foothills speaks up for protection of wetlands and the wildlife that depends on them whenever development is proposed that may encroach into required buffer zones. Wetlands...

Coast Redwood forest

Species Spotlight: Coast Redwood

If you are seeking an experience of quiet contemplation of nature, there’s no better place than a grove of coast redwoods. If you are lucky enough to find one that is off the beaten path, the first thing you might notice is that you seem to be treading more softly and lightly, as your footsteps...

propane facility

Update: AmeriGas Closes Propane Tank Facility and Puts Property Up for Sale

In a major victory for Green Foothills, AmeriGas is removing their 15,000-gallon propane storage tank and shutting down operations on a 1.5-acre site along Airport Street in Moss Beach, finally removing an ongoing existential threat to the Pillar Ridge community. Risky Storage Tank Threatened Residents, Airport We have been advocating for closure of this hazardous...

Bruce Frymire headshot

Remembering Bruce Frymire

The Green Foothills community was saddened to learn of the passing of Bruce Frymire, an eloquent advocate for open space protection, who was our Santa Clara County Advocate from 1989-1991, and then served as a board member for several years. Bruce’s interest in the environment began in his early years living in a semi-rural delta...

Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail

Half Moon Bay City Council Threads the Needle on E-bikes

The Half Moon Bay City Council made a wise decision on April 4 to allow electric bicycles (e-bikes) on its two paved, multi-use trails along Highway One, while prohibiting them on the recreational Coastal Trail. Green Foothills had recommended this nuanced approach, noting that e-bikes and other e-devices (e-scooters and e-skateboards) are a motorized form...

housing for farmworkers in San Mateo County

Reflections on the Plight of Farmworkers

The tragic death of seven farmworkers at California Terra Garden and Concord Farms on January 23 in Half Moon Bay has shined a spotlight on the deplorable living conditions endured by many farmworkers — over many decades — on the San Mateo County coast. County officials have said that they had no way of knowing...

Tom Jordan

Remembering Tom Jordan, 1933-2023

The Green Foothills community is saddened to learn of the recent death of Tom Jordan, one of our earliest board members. Tom was born in 1933 in Florida, and grew up in Louisiana and Virginia, where he developed a deep love of nature, exploring nearby creeks, forests, and wild areas. After graduation from Princeton, military...


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