Cloverdale Ranch, view from high hill.

Cloverdale Ranch

Public Meeting Dec. 10 at 11 a.m.

Midpen’s board of directors will consider approving the purchase of approximately 5,100 acres and an option to purchase an additional 1,200 acres of upland area of the larger Cloverdale Ranch property near Pescadero from Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST). The meeting will occur at the Pescadero Middle/High Multi-Purpose Room at 350 Butano Cutoff in Pescadero.

The proposed purchase would preserve coastal open space, protect conservation grazing and agricultural lands, protect habitat for multiple sensitive species and provide opportunities for future public trail opportunities in partnership with California State Parks.

This meeting will be held in person only. Details and information on attending and/or providing comment will be posted at on December 6, 2022.

The Cloverdale Ranch property is an ecological jewel on the San Mateo County Coast. Midpen is evaluating the purchase of an approximately 6,300-acre portion of Cloverdale Ranch from our nonprofit partner, Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST). 

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Cloverdale Ranch property by Teddy Miller for POST.
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Land Preservation
Natural Resources Protection and Restoration
Natural Resources
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Grant Funded
Grant Funded
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Measure AA

Goals and Objectives

Midpen has been working on the San Mateo County Coastside since 2004 to protect open space, restore the natural environment and preserve working lands and rural character. To date, Midpen has preserved more than 11,000 acres of natural and agricultural lands on the Coast. The potential purchase of the Cloverdale Ranch uplands aligns with: 

  • Midpen's Coastside mission to acquire and preserve in perpetuity open space land and agricultural land of regional significance, protect and restore the natural environment, preserve rural character, encourage viable agricultural use of land resources, and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education.
  • Midpen's community-supported Vision Plan Portfolio #13 Cloverdale: Wildlife protection, conservation grazing and trail connections.

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Ecological Highlights

The property is made up of coastal terraces rising from the Pacific Ocean to the forested slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The land includes large tracts of biologically rich coastal grassland and coastal scrub habitats and an abundance of water sources that support many rare grassland-dependent and aquatic species. Learn more:

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Farming and Grazing

Like much of the San Mateo County Coast, Cloverdale has a rich agricultural heritage that continues today. The public-private partnership between Midpen and POST help preserve the Coastside's ranching and farming heritage, and locally grown food for the surrounding communities.

If Midpen purchases the Cloverdale Ranch uplands, POST would retain approximately 400 acres of surrounding working farmland and coastal bluffs, much of which is currently leased to farmers. Approximately 2,700 acres of the uplands area is actively grazed, and would be incorporated into Midpen’s conservation grazing program. 

Public Access

The existing Wilbur’s Watch Trail is open to the public, and traverses coastal grasslands from Highway 1 to a lookout point for viewing the coastline and Pigeon Point Lighthouse.

If Midpen acquires a portion of Cloverdale Ranch, the public process to assess creating new trails while protecting the property’s sensitive natural resources will take time. A specific timeline will be established when the purchase of the land is complete. Future trail planning takes time to fully understand resources, parking capacity issues and optimal trailhead locations and will involve multiple opportunities for public participation.

In the interim, Midpen may explore limited access via guided walks and other programming.

Project Updates and Related Stories

Funded by Measure AA 2014 Open Space Bond


The projected cost for Midpen to potentially purchase the Cloverdale Ranch uplands from POST is $16 million supported by Measure AA, a bond passed by local voters in 2014. This price reflects a significant discount from POST. The cost to Midpen would be offset by:

-$8 million general fund budget request by Assemblymember Berman
-$1.4 million grant from the California Department of Parks’ Recreational Infrastructure Revenue Enhancement Program
-$500,000 Measure K grant from San Mateo County.

Midpen continues to pursue additional grant funding to support the project.



Jan. 26, 2022 Proclamation honoring Assemblymember Marc Berman for $8 million in state funding. 

2022 Property evaluation, partner and public engagement

Oct. 18, 2022 Public Committee Meeting: Review proposed purchase and consider recommending to the full board. (agenda)

Dec. 10, 2022 Public Board Meeting: Consider final approval of purchase with Midpen board of directors.

Spring 2023 (TBD) Potential close of escrow.