La Honda Creek Preserve. (Frances Freyberg)

La Honda Creek Preserve Master Plan

In 2012, after a public participation process, the District completed a 30-year use and management Master Plan whose goals are to balance the preservation of viable agriculture, cultural history, and the natural environment with public education and low-intensity recreation. 

The Master Plan establishes a long-term vision for the Preserve to guide future decisions affecting use and management of the land for the next 30 years. The Master Plan is scheduled to be implemented in four phases over 30 years. Proposed actions are prioritized based on their relative importance, critical need, and sequencing (when certain projects must precede others) to implement the District’s vision for the Preserve.

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Land Preservation
Natural Resources Protection and Restoration
Natural Resources
Public Access, Education, and Outreach
Public Access
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Measure AA


The La Honda Creek Preserve Master Plan includes:

  • Creating over nine miles of new multi-use trails (including bicycles) and over 16 miles of new hiking and equestrian trails;
  • Implementing extensive resource management projects to improve wildlife habitat, restore creeks and reduce wildfire risk;
  • Reintroducing conservation grazing to the northern portion of the preserve, including the Red Barn area.

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August 2012Midpen board certified environmental review documents and approved the Master Plan.
2012-17Phase I Implementation: Phase I trails and Sears Ranch parking area. High-priority water quality protection projects, wildfire response plan, initiate Red Barn site plan.
December 2017Lower La Honda Creek Preserve opens to public access.
2018-22Evaluate feasibility of Red Barn site plan alternatives. Phase II Implementation: Trail connections, creek restoration, bridge replacement.
2023-2032Phase III Implementation (tentative)
2033-42Phase IV Implementation (tentative)