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20th POST lecture series continues Monday


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Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) sponsors the Wallace Stegner Lecture Series, now nearing the conclusion of its 20th year.

As part of the series, environmental author and Rolling Stone contributing editor Jeff Goodell is scheduled to discuss his latest book, “How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth’s Climate”(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010), 8 p.m. Monday at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St.

Goodell, a Sunnyvale resident, will address the idea of geoengineering in global warming reduction, among several hot-button environmental topics. It is the final opportunity to attend the series this year for those who do not already have tickets. The following and final lecture of the season, scheduled May 14 with author Cheryl Strayed, is sold out.

“(The lecture series) is our only public outreach event all year long,” said POST spokeswoman Nina Nowak. “It connects our mission with larger conversations going on about the environment and nature.”

POST’s mission is to protect and care for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley, but, during the course of its 36-year history, the group has purchased and protected land from San Francisco to Gilroy. Founded in 1977 as a nonprofit working in parallel with the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, POST has preserved approximately 70,000 acres.

Although POST and the open space district have similar functions and aims with regard to buying and preserving land, the district manages and allows for public access on its preserves, while POST has no such component.

Palo Alto-based POST is able to compete with other bidders on remote properties vulnerable to housing development because of the generosity of its donor base, Nowak said.

“People will donate land or give us a bargain (price),” she said, adding that POST then transfers the land to state and county parks.

Recent purchases include 358 acres next to Uvas Reservoir in Morgan Hill and three properties in the Santa Cruz Mountains totaling nearly 1,000 acres.

The organization estimates that it has received donations from approximately 17,000 contributors. Nowak noted that Los Altos and Los Altos Hills are home to “a number of very important donors.”

Board member Paul Newhagen, co-founder and former chief financial officer of Altera Corp., is a Los Altos resident, and advisory councilmember Dr. Karla Jurvetson, Stanford physician and founding partner of Silicon Valley Social Venture, lives in Los Altos Hills.

For tickets, call the Center for Performing Arts box office at 903-6000 or visit www.ci.mtnview.ca.us/mvcpa.

For more information on POST, visit www.openspacetrust.org.

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