Si Se Puede: Honoring Cesar Chavez Day

Si Se Puede: Honoring Cesar Chavez Day

Green Foothills has been fighting to protect farmland and support farming in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties for decades. Today on Cesar Chavez Day, we remember the Chicano hero that championed the farmworkers’ rights movement and the need to continue la lucha – Spanish for the fight or the struggle – to protect farmworkers and farmland. Early Life: A migrant farmworker at 15 Born on March 31, 1927 in Yuma, Arizona, Cesar Chavez was one of six children in a Mexican-American family. After losing their grocery store and ranch during the Great Depression, the family traded their home for...

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Conservation Grazing on the San Mateo Coast

Conservation Grazing on the San Mateo Coast

Commendations to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) Board members for their unanimous approval of a five-year conservation grazing lease with the Markegard family on the 953-acre Toto Ranch, just south of Tunitas Creek on the San Mateo coast. Conservation grazing is distinguished from conventional ranching in that its primary purpose is to carry out conservation goals of protecting and increasing grassland habitat biodiversity. MROSD has adopted conservation grazing goals on coastal Open Space Preserves that (1) maintain and enhance the biodiversity of threatened grassland habitat, (2) manage vegetation fuel for fire protection, and (3) support local coastal agricultural...

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8 Actions You Can Take To #KeepYourParksOpen

8 Actions You Can Take To #KeepYourParksOpen

As we shelter in place to protect public health, we are fortunate to still be able to visit the nature close to home we have worked so hard to protect. Indeed, we are seeing unprecedented numbers of people out on the trails.  We are so happy to see more of our community getting outside but we need to #HikeSafe to #KeepYourParksOpen. Let’s all do our part to keep the preserves and parks safe for parks staff, yourself, your family, and your community. The ability to go out into nature during this time is dependent on our ability to keep physical...

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Mead, and our founder Lois Hogle

Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Mead, and our founder Lois Hogle

International Women’s History Month has made me reflect on trailblazing women I have known who stood up and stood out to improve our lives. One of these women is Lois Crozier-Hogle who co-founded Green Foothills. In musing about Lois’ life and her contribution to Green Foothills, my thoughts also turned to women who inspired Lois and to the next generation who are now inspiring me. Margaret Mead and Eleanor Roosevelt I first met Lois Crozier-Hogle when I was a teenager. She served on the YWCA board with my mom, Trudy Sherlock, with whom she became fast friends as they fought...

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People Who Give Us Hope: Trina Hineser

People Who Give Us Hope: Trina Hineser

On March 1, Trina Hineser became the new Executive Director of the Land Trust of Santa Clara Valley, a nonprofit that protects natural habitat and agricultural lands in Santa Clara County through conservation easements and land acquisition. We are very pleased to see Trina, who graduated from Green Foothills’ Community Advocates Leadership Academy in 2018, step into this leadership role. While the Land Trust has faced some very challenging times over its 22 year history, Trina is equal to the task and excited by the opportunity to elevate the organization’s work and impact. Over 15 Years of Community Service For...

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Time for Cargill to Join the 21st Century

Time for Cargill to Join the 21st Century

Published in The Daily Journal on 3/11/20 Recently, Redwood City leaders were informed that Cargill and its development partner, luxury housing developer DMB Associates, would be conducting a poll of residents concerning potential development on the Cargill-owned salt ponds in Redwood City. These salt ponds, which stretch more than 1,400 acres of Bay tidal flats from Woodside Road to Marsh Road on the east side of Highway 101, have been proposed for development before — and the proposal met with such overwhelming opposition from local residents that Cargill and DMB were forced to withdraw their development application. It seems that...

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: Mary Davey

Celebrating Women’s History Month: Mary Davey

Since 1962, women have been at the forefront of Green Foothills’ work to protect our region’s ecological health. In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are recognizing the achievements of three remarkable women who dedicated much of their lives to Green Foothills – Lois Hogle, Ruth Spangenberg, and Mary Davey – by writing a piece about each of them in future blog articles. Taking up leadership roles in the 1960s environmental movement, they were true pioneers, laying the path for future generations to follow. Remembering Mary Davey I met Mary only once in 2009 while walking through a corridor of...

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Our response to COVID-19

Our response to COVID-19

Last Friday the County of Santa Clara released a coronavirus guidance statement banning gatherings of 35 to 100 people unless certain conditions are met. We are expecting similar action from the County of San Mateo.  Green Foothills has decided to not hold any gatherings for the time being and our team will be working remotely effective today. This means our Mary Davey Legacy Social on 3/28 have been cancelled. We hope to be able to reschedule these events soon. This is an evolving situation. For the time being, we encourage you to schedule some hikes for yourself and your family if you are...

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Remembering Ruth Spangenberg

Remembering Ruth Spangenberg

For over a half century, California has been at the leading edge of the wave of environmental activism, and, not surprisingly, the Bay Area has provided numerous leaders in this effort. The majority of these enviro-pioneers were talented and dedicated women, many of whom were housewives and mothers. These visionaries recognized that the post-World War 2 construction boom was threatening to destroy the Bay Area’s natural open spaces — farm fields and hillsides, forests and creeks, and even the Bay. They looked beyond their families, homes, and neighborhoods, and resisted what was called “Progress”. Against tremendous odds – and to...

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What’s in Store for Coyote Valley?

What’s in Store for Coyote Valley?

On February 26, over 200 guests attended Green Foothills’ event The Future of Coyote Valley: An Evening of Celebration and Conversation to cheer the recent conservation victories in this valley and more importantly, to hear what local leaders had to say about what’s next. The message was clear: the work of protecting Coyote Valley is not yet done, and it’s going to take inter-agency collaboration to fully protect this important open space area. The panelists – which included Supervisor Cindy Chavez, Mayor Sam Liccardo, San Jose Councilmember Sergio Jimenez, Assemblymember Ash Kalra’s Chief of Staff Chris Reefe, and Santa Clara...

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