About the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District


Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's plans and projects are designed to ensure proper care of the land and provide for ecologically sensitive public access opportunities. The following pages provide you with information about the key plans under way and a sampling of the current projects throughout the District.

Open Space Planning

Open Space Planning at Midpen aims to ensure that more people, including hikers, mountain bicyclists and equestrians, will be able to experience firsthand the beauty of the Bay Area's natural setting. Opportunities for public recreation are balanced with natural resource protection through a comprehensive planning approach in partnership with the community. New trails and staging areas are built with environmentally sound construction techniques, and natural resource restoration is a key component of every project. Learn more about Open Space Planning and how you can participate.

Resource Management

The District has a long and proud history of responsible stewardship of open space lands and a high level of responsiveness to community needs. Created by voters more than 30 years ago, Midpen has a proven track record of protecting and managing over 60,000 acres of open space. Over the years we have addressed critical resource management issues by working with our neighbors, partnering agencies, and resource professionals to restore the diversity and integrity of our natural resources. Discover how the District's Resource Management program is implemented and find out more about projects under way.

Coastside Protection Program

The District's Coastside Protection Program was implemented in September 2004 when the District's boundary was extended to the Pacific Ocean from the City of Pacifica to the Santa Cruz County line. Midpen spent more than 7 years developing the Program in collaboration with coastside residents.

Under the Program, the District to date has purchased or manages 10,013 acres on the coastside, including the beautiful 952-acre Toto Ranch property as an addition to the District’s Tunitas Creek Open Space Preserve and 540-acre Madonna Creek Ranch as an addition to Miramontes Ridge Open Space Preserve both in 2012. The District entered into a lease and management agreement with POST former Driscoll Apple Orchard and Event Center properties as part of La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve. These purchases are a significant contribution to maintaining the health of the coastside’s natural environment. The diverse vegetation and water resources present on these properties provide habitat for a variety of plants and animals, including several species listed as federally threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

Latest News
Ancient Oaks Trail Extension Now Open! The new trail is the final phase of the POST-funded Mindego Gateway Project, and connects the new Mindego Parking Lot with Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve’s popular multi-use trail network.  More>>


Current projects

Bear Creek Redwoods Planning

Cooley Landing Project

Coastside Protection Program

Driscoll Ranch Lease & Management Plan

El Corte de Madera Watershed Protection Program

Hawthorns Historic Complex

La Honda Creek Master Plan

Mindego Gateway Project

Mindego Ranch Use and
Management Plan

Mount Umunhum Summit Project

Skyline Ridge Tree Farm Project

Vision Plan Project

Current projects

Conservation Grazing

Integrated Pest Management

Invasive Species Control

La Honda Creek Pond Restoration

Resource Management Grants

Skyline Tree Farm Restoration

Slender False Brome Eradication

Sudden Oak Death Research

Wildland Fire Management