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A variety of policies are in place to guide Midpen and users of open space lands.

Definition and Philosophy

Open space is defined as land or water area that either remains in its natural state or is used for agriculture or otherwise essentially undeveloped. Open space provides protection for areas of particular scenic beauty and enhances the survival prospects for endangered plant and animal species. It enhances public safety through the minimization of flood erosion, landslide, earthquake and fire hazards. It provides room for production of food. It can help shape urban growth and thus provide a more liveable and efficient urban environment. In short, open space means "room to breathe."

Governing Policies

In 1999, the Board of Directors developed a Basic Policy to guide Midpen and provide information to the public about the mission, purpose, strategic direction and major elements of our operations.

Good Neighbor Policy

The Board of Directors and staff are strongly committed to establishing and maintaining good relationships with all of our residents and neighbors. The Board adopted Midpen's revised Good Neighbor Policy on September 26, 2007. On June 10, 2009, the Board approved the Good Neighbor Brochure, “A Guide for Our Open Space Neighbors,” which was updated in February 2014. For further information, please call 650-691-1200.

Resource Management Policies

The Resource Management Policies is a guiding document used to manage and protect plants, animals, water, soil, terrain, geologic formations, historic resources, scenic features and cultural resources on Midpen owned and/or managed lands. The RMP are used to help guide the overall planning, budgeting and decision making processes for programs and individual preserves.

Preserve Regulations, Safety and Ettiquette

Visitors are responsible for knowing and obeying all rules and regulations before visiting the preserves.

Our rules are for the protection of our visitors and natural resources, and to make everyone's visit a safe and enjoyable experience. The information given below is a compilation of rules, regulations, preserve policies, and safety. Please observe them for your safety and enjoyment as well as the safety and enjoyment of others. It will save our preserves and make them a valuable resource now and in the future. 

District Regulations and Ordinances

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