A docent-led hike for Coastside youth at Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve marked a new collaboration between Midpen and Puente, a nonprofit that promotes equitable access to education, health and economic security for all members of the San Mateo County South Coast community.
Update on work to repair the unprecedented 2023 storm damage to open space and trails caused by heavy rainfall. A grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for $8 million is helping to offset the costs of this additional and unexpected work.
Sprawling branches, spiny leaves and plentiful acorns fill the oak woodlands that lay across the Santa Cruz Mountains and support one of the richest and most biologically diverse habitats in the state. However, spread of sudden oak death (SOD) is threatening the health of these ecosystems.
Midpen is entering a critical stage in its Highway 17 Wildlife and Trail Crossing Project. This fall, neighbors, community members and the public can actively participate by providing input on environmental documents.
Warm summer days in the Santa Cruz mountains often carry the distinct scent of flowering tanoak trees (Notholithocarpus densiflorus). These unassuming native evergreens with scalloped, deep-green leaves are not true oaks.