The 5,759-acre La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve consists of working ranch land, grasslands, and forests near the town of La Honda. The District recently approved a Master Plan for this preserve that aims to balance the preservation of viable agriculture, cultural history, and the natural environment with public education and low-intensity recreation.
Pond Restoration Work Completed
In 2009, the District completed a Pond Management Plan outlining restoration work aimed at improving several ponds in La Honda Creek Preserve to better support wildlife. Due to the ponds' location in the San Gregorio watershed-- a Critical Coastal Area that drains into a marine reserve-- restoration of the ponds will:
- Improve wetland habitat
- Prevent sedimentation in downstream habitat for endangered fish, and
- Create breeding habitat for the federally threatened California red-legged frog, a food source for the federally endangered San Francisco garter snake.
The first pond restoration project (Pond DR06) was completed in November 2010. For more project information, please review the Pond DR06 Repair Fact Sheet.
Two more pond restorations were completed in summer 2012, and another one was completed in summer 2014. An additional pond is scheduled for restoration in summer 2015. California red-legged frogs have been observed successfully reproducing at all of the restored ponds. Pond restoration also improves dry season water availability for cattle and other wildlife.