The latest news and information about the District and Preserves.
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District invites photographers to enter its 6th Annual Digital Photography Competition, running now through March 31, 2015.
We are seeking compelling digital images of nature, capturing the diversity of our open spaces. Your images may show wildlife, plant life, natural landscapes, or people interacting with nature; however, they must be taken in one of our open space preserves open to the public. Learn more
Hendrys Creek in Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve will be getting a healthy makeover thanks to a recently-awarded $484,650 Wildlife Habitat Restoration Grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, funded through the voter-approved Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program. Combined with funds from Midpen’s Measure AA bond, we’ll be able to get a jump start on removing in-stream structures (bridges, culverts and blockages) and invasive plants, restoring stream channels and installing native plants to revegetate the creek banks. This restoration project will preserve open space in the Los Gatos Watershed; protect and restore the riparian and wetland habitats of the Hendrys Creek watershed; and preserve ecological connectivity and wildlife corridors.
The Hendrys Creek restoration project will be undertaken through a collaboration of partners including Midpen staff and volunteers, Acterra staff and volunteers and youth conservation corps. This project is another example of our expanding collaboration with our good friends at Acterra to make this happen. The acquisition of the property was also a collaborative effort among the Peninsula Open Space Trust, Santa Clara Valley Water District and Midpen. In addition, regulatory partners including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife and SF Regional Water Quality Control Board supported the Conservation Easement and Long Term Management Plan for this property.
The Bay Area Open Space Council recently produced Here and Now, a short film that tells the story of four innovative partnerships between Native Americans and land conservation organizations. Midpen provided partial funding for this project, and our work with the Amah Mutsun at Mt. Umunhum is featured in the film.