The Trail Companion
Theme: The Trail Center at the End of the
The Changing Face of Public Lands
To illustrate the changes
that have occurred between the time the Trail Center was
founded and today, the Peninsula Open Space
Trust (POST) reported that in 1983, POST had helped to
protect approximately 7,000 acres, by Jan. 2000 they had
protected nearly 40,000 acres. In addition, POST has
transferred around 29,000 acres to public agencies. One of
those public agencies, the
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District reported
- In 1983, the District had acquired 15,311 acres; by
Jan. 2000, 45,103 acres.
- In 1983, 18 preserves had been established; by Jan.
2000, 24 (including the recent acquisition of Bear Creek
Although the District does
not track the number of miles of trail, the increase in
acreage represents an equally large increase in the number
of miles of trails. Other public land agencies, notably
Santa Clara County, have made similar gains since 1983-one
reason volunteers on the trails are increasingly
(Thanks to Summer Morlock,
POST and Kristi Webb, MROSD, for providing numbers)
Brief History of the Trail Center
National Volunteer Project and National Outdoor Volunteer
Changing Face of Volunteerism
Trail Center Index
A Catalog of Trail Projects, 1983-1999
Trail Center. All rights reserved.
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