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Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District schedules Vision Plan workshop in Los Altos

The Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District Board of Directors Tuesday reviewed data gathered for its Vision Plan, which will guide management and programming for the next 20 to 40 years.

Over the past 16 months, the district solicited input from 2,000 local residents and conducted an in-depth scientific analysis of its lands and natural resources.

At a meeting scheduled 6 p.m. Jan. 29 at Hillview Community Center, the board will prioritize 39 potential projects.

Project areas identified by the public and through staff analysis include improving and expanding access to preserves, creating connections among open space lands, protecting critical habitats including second- and old-growth redwood forests, preserving agriculture on the coast, restoring creeks, protecting watersheds and preserving the scenic beauty of the region.

Created by voter initiative in 1972, the Mid- peninsula Regional Open Space District has protected more than 62,000 acres of open space. The organization’s mission is to acquire and preserve a regional greenbelt of open space and agricultural land of regional significance in perpetuity, protect and restore the natural environment and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education.

The district currently protects 70 rare native species in 26 unique preserves with more than 220 miles of publicly accessible trails.

More than a million people visit the district’s preserves annually.

Individuals and families are invited to attend, and the district encourages participation. People with disabilities who require accommodations are asked to call the district clerk at 691-1200 at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

Hillview Community Center is located at 97 Hillview Ave., Los Altos.

For more information, visit openspace.org/imagine.

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