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
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Conservation Grazing

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

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
Staff maintaining a fuel break along Page Mill Road.

Wildland Fire Overview

Wildland fire prevention, preparation and response are part of Midpen’s land stewardship.Learn more

Wildlife and Livestock Protection Research

Midpen is the first land manager in our region to create a comprehensive policy addressing the age-old challenge of wildlife interacting with livestock, which includes researching the best methods for protecting native wildlife and livestock.Learn more
American badger and burrowing owl photos.

Badger and Burrowing Owl Habitat Study

Midpen is researching American badgers and burrowing owls to gain additional expertise in the management of grasslands to help these species survive and thrive.Learn more
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Science Advisory Panel

The Science Advisory Panel provides independent, science-based review of Midpen land management practices.Learn more
Biologist looks and listens for marbled murrelets in a Midpen preserve

Marbled Murrelet

The Santa Cruz Mountain redwoods and the people who visit them are deeply intertwined with the fate of the marbled murrelet; an endangered, elusive and unconventional seabird whose story is one of mystery, discovery and survival.Learn more
Mountain lion at wildlife camera, Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve. Photo by De Anza College

Wildlife Photo Index Research Project

Studying mountain lions and other wildlife in Rancho San Antonio Preserve.Learn more
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Mountain Lion Conservation Research

Midpen is conducting conservation research to learn more about how mountain lions use open space lands also frequently visited by people.Learn more