The District faces many issues and choices in managing its land and resources:

  • The 26 preserves present a constantly changing mosaic of complex ecosystems with a wide variety of qualities and purposes.
  • Land stewards must be able to distinguish and decide among competing priorities. There may be conflict about proper values or actions to take.
  • Ecosystems evolve, the amount of land managed by the District changes, and the public's interests and use differ over time and place.

The District calls its lands "preserves" rather than "parks", emphasizing its goal of resource preservation. Resource Management Policies help maintain consistent and effective resource management in light of these changes.

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Resource Management Policies

Used to help guide the overall planning, budgeting, and decision making processes for individual preserves and for District-wide programs.Learn more


Midpen uses conservation grazing to manage grassland habitat.Learn more
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Integrated Pest Managment

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a method for managing plant and animal pests while protecting human health and the environment.Learn more

Sudden Oak Death

Sudden Oak Death (SOD), caused by the water mold Phytophthora ramorum , is killing oak and tanoak trees throughout coastal California and Oregon.Learn more
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Research Grants

Midpen funds academic research projects relevant to its mission of environmental education and sound resource stewardship through the Resource Management Grant Program.Learn more

Wildland Fire Management

Midpen is an active participant in coordinating with various fire agencies and community fire planning efforts.Learn more