The Peninsula Open Space Trust is marking its 40th anniversary of conservation and land protection projects to Northern California with a variety of upcoming events.

Founded in 1977, POST has a long-term vision of shaping a network of protected lands where present and future generations can live in harmony with nature.

“Looking back, it is so inspiring to see the overwhelming response this community has had to the simple idea of protecting natural lands for the benefit and enjoyment of the public,” said Walter T. Moore, President at POST in a prepared statement. “There is much to celebrate, but there is also much left for us to do.”

POST has protected more than 75,000 acres of land in the last 40 years. It has sometimes been controversial. Some Coastsiders have complained that the open space organization hordes the land without making it accessible for recreation. Others worry that it takes the land off of tax rolls and, therefore, hurts local government.

But there is no question POST has saved acreage from development on the coast.

In celebration, the organization has released a new website and video, which can be seen at www.openspacetrust.org/40years, and will be hosting a series of public events and opportunities to connect and celebrate throughout the year.

Community members who visit the organization’s open spaces or attend one of the events are invited to share their stories by using the #ForeverOurBackyard hashtag on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Those events include a coastal bicycle ride on June 17.

— from staff reports

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