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Redwood Forest Saved from Logging
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Redwood Forest Saved from Logging

After a 16-year battle, 920 acres of YMCA land near La Honda are now permanently protected. Camp Jones Gulch, where generations of kids have gone to camp, had been proposed as a site for commercial timber harvesting. The property contains 39 acres of old growth redwood forest and 668 acres of younger, second growth trees....

Ask Palo Alto to Protect Los Trancos Creek
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Ask Palo Alto to Protect Los Trancos Creek

Update: We’re pleased to report that the Palo Alto City Council voted in favor of a 50-foot setback from the creek bank, as well as bird-safe design, lighting restrictions, and other protections for wildlife. Now the project will go back to the Planning and Transportation Commission for review before returning to the City Council for...

Green Foothills Remembers: Betty Gerard
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Green Foothills Remembers: Betty Gerard

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our founding board members, Betty Gerard. Betty died peacefully at her home in Palo Alto on November 16, 2022, at age 97. Betty attended the initial meeting in 1962 that led to the founding of our organization. She and her then husband...

Thank You Margaret MacNiven! Good Luck in Your Next Adventure!
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Thank You Margaret MacNiven! Good Luck in Your Next Adventure!

After 17 years of volunteer service, first on our board of directors and then on the advisory board, Margaret MacNiven is leaving to start an exciting new chapter in January 2023 as one of two new members of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board of Directors. Green Foothills board member Matthew Burrows says, “I’ve...

Biggest Step Yet to Close Lehigh Quarry
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Biggest Step Yet to Close Lehigh Quarry

Last month we received the great news that Lehigh Quarry operators were shutting down the kiln at the Lehigh cement plant and stopping all further mining. However, other parts of Lehigh’s operations at the site could continue for up to 20 years. This makes it vitally important for Santa Clara County to take action to...

Important Step Forward To Protect the Stanford Foothills
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Important Step Forward To Protect the Stanford Foothills

For decades, more than 2,300 acres of hillside open space in the Stanford foothills have been protected from development through the Stanford Community Plan. On December 13, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors took an important step forward towards approving a 99-year extension of protections for the foothills. Please use the form below to...

Green Foothills Remembers: Barbara Green
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Green Foothills Remembers: Barbara Green

The Green Foothills community was saddened to learn of the passing of Barbara L. Green, an ardent advocate for open space protection, who served on our board from 1985-91. Barbara was born to Colonel Cecil and Florence Land at Schofield Barracks, Honolulu, Hawaii, on September 8, 1938. The Land family moved regularly to many Army...

Ask Supervisors to Begin Closing Lehigh’s Cement Plant
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Ask Supervisors to Begin Closing Lehigh’s Cement Plant

Update: On December 13, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ask the County Planning Commission to consider revoking the use permit for the Lehigh Quarry cement plant based on its legal violations and because the plant constitutes a public nuisance. On Tuesday, December 13, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will decide whether...

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