Author: Lennie Roberts

Dunes Beach is Treasure Deserving Protection
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Dunes Beach is Treasure Deserving Protection

Published in the Half Moon Bay Review on 1/29/20 The scenic open space west of Highway 1 at the Surf Beach/ Dunes Beach area just north of Frenchmans Creek, is a treasured iconic landscape. This 48-acre site is one of the few places in Half Moon Bay where you can see the ocean from Highway...

Oil Wells in San Mateo County?
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Oil Wells in San Mateo County?

San Mateo County has some of the oldest oil fields in California dating back to the 1880s. During the past several decades, Green Foothills opposed many new oil wells proposed on prime agricultural land where farming is the principal allowable use. We supported San Mateo County’s Ordinance, enacted in the 1980s, that restricted new oil...

Remembering Gary Gerard
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Remembering Gary Gerard

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our founding board members, Gary Gerard. Gary died on July 22, 2019 in his home in Emeryville, CA at age 96 of natural causes. It was Gary who coined the name Committee for Green Foothills. He proposed the name during the initial...

Saving Homes and Lives from Wildfire
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Saving Homes and Lives from Wildfire

The recent enormous losses of homes and lives due to devastating wildfires in California have highlighted a fundamental flaw in the state’s traditional approach to wildfire, which in the past has focused on vegetation rather than what should be our greatest priority – our homes and people’s lives. While wildfire in our Mediterranean climate is...

Remembering Nils Nilsson
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Remembering Nils Nilsson

Long time Committee for Green Foothills board member and board President in 1973, Nils Nilsson passed away on April 22 in Medford, Oregon.  He was 86.  Nils was a warm, generous, fun-loving person, who was always ready to volunteer his time for the benefit of the environment and the greater community. Nils and his first...

Vallemar Bluffs: Building Safely out of Harm’s Way – a Success Story
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Vallemar Bluffs: Building Safely out of Harm’s Way – a Success Story

Vallemar Bluffs is the last remaining undeveloped blufftop in the Midcoast area of Moss Beach.  In addition to its sweeping coastal views, rocky cliffs and erodible bluffs, the site supports environmentally sensitive Coastal Prairie Grasslands where four rare plants are found, including the endangered Coast Yellow Leptosiphon. There is an informal trail along the blufftops...

Farewell to Sam Halsted
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Farewell to Sam Halsted

It’s with heavy hearts that we say farewell to former Committee for Green Foothills board member and vice president, Sam Halsted, who passed away on January 16, 2019. In addition to serving on our board of directors, Sam was a member of Portola Valley’s first town council and later served as mayor of the town....

Ten Tips for Advocates by Lennie Roberts
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Ten Tips for Advocates by Lennie Roberts

Lennie Roberts has been an advocate with Committee for Green Foothills for more than 40 years. Here she shares her secrets! Here are ten common sense tips that I point to when people have asked me, “how do you do it?” 1. Learn everything you can about your issue. Knowledge is power! 2. Research the...

What You Don’t See on the Coast
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What You Don’t See on the Coast

When Committee for Green Foothills was formed in 1962, land speculators, Chambers of Commerce, and eager elected officials had already set their sights squarely on the San Mateo coast.  Spurred by California’s post-World War II building boom, and in keeping with the commonly held notion that development was inevitable, San Mateo County planners had created...

The Making of Midpeninsula Open Space District
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The Making of Midpeninsula Open Space District

Fifty years ago, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District was merely a gleam in the eye of conservationists on the Peninsula who had to repeatedly fight off proposals for sprawling development in cherished open space land.  Today, the District has successfully acquired and permanently protected more than 63,000 acres of land in the Santa Cruz...

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