View from Russian Ridge Preserve to Mindego Hill by Karl Gohl

Hawthorns Area: Public Open House - Los Altos

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The Hawthorns Area is a 79-acre property that is part of Windy Hill Open Space Preserve located within the Town of Portola Valley and owned by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (Midpen). The property is currently closed to the public.  

In 2021, Midpen initiated a multiyear process to develop the Hawthorns Area Plan, which will establish resource management goals, identify long-term land management activities and introduce ecologically sensitive public access to the Hawthorns Area.

Midpen is offering public open houses this fall to introduce more people to the Hawthorns Area. Stop by any time between 6 - 8 p.m. to share your thoughts and questions. There will be no formal presentation. Be advised that Midpen will comply with public gathering requirements established by the California Department of Public Health on the day of this meeting. 

Learn more about the Hawthorns Area.


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