Our Impact since 1962
Local. Vocal. Effective.
We are always keeping a vigilant eye on emerging and ongoing local land use issues involving open space. Our expertise and reputation commands influence with decision makers and, most importantly, we routinely deliver real environmental victories.
The Ultimate Outcome of Our Advocacy: The Permanent Protection of Natural Landscapes
As a result of our advocacy, land management agencies and organizations are better able to permanently protect natural areas at risk of development. These lands – to date over 183,000 acres of open space in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties – serve as a regional greenbelt providing places to recreate and connect with nature, habitat for threatened wildlife, and enhanced resilience to drought, wildfire, and flooding.
2020 By the Numbers
2,953 acres positively impacted or saved
from inappropriate development
2 ballot measures won
resulting in long-term funding for the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, and defeat of a sprawl proposal in San Benito County
32 land use issues
monitored, commented, and advocated on:
• 4 were in collaboration with a total of 105 partners including tribes, organizations, and community leaders
• 6 were concluded and all resulted in victories for our position
4,071 comment letters sent
in response to our 11 calls to action with 7 outcomes in our favor and 4 pending
• 624 additional letters were in response to our call to thank legislators for their votes