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La Honda Creek Master Plan
The 5,759-acre La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve consists of working ranch land, grasslands, and forests near the town of La Honda. The District is creating a 30-year use and management Master Plan for this Preserve that aims to balance the preservation of viable agriculture, cultural history, and the natural environment with public education and low-intensity recreation.Board Approves the Master Plan | Press Release
The review period for the Mitigated Negative Declaration closed on August 1, 2012.
On August 22, 2012, the Board of Directors adopted the Mitigated Negative Declaration and approved the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve Master Plan.
An Initial Study and proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) was prepared and circulated to the public for 30 days pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. The IS/MND concluded that implementation of the proposed Master Plan, with mitigation, would not result in significant impacts on the environment.
The Master Plan establishes a long-term vision for the Preserve to guide future decisions affecting use and management of the land for the next 30 years. To implement the vision, the Plan catalogs and prioritizes improvements in the Preserve that are needed to balance resource protection with recreation. The Plan was developed through a series of public workshops (See History) with the goal of raising awareness of the value of the Preserve. Finally, the Plan includes goals, objectives, and implementation actions to address issues uncovered in the master planning process.
Full build-out of the Master Plan is anticipated to require five new District staff-- two rangers and three maintenance personnel-- hired as Master Plan phases are completed and as demand for additional staff increases.
The Master Plan would be implemented in four phases over the next 30 years. Proposed actions are prioritized based on their relative importance, critical need, and sequencing (when certain projects must precede others) to implement the District’s vision for the Preserve.
Implementation of Phase I actions would begin within 5 years of Master Plan approval, Phase II actions would be begin within 6–10 years, Phase III actions would begin within 11–20 years, and Phase IV actions would begin within 21–30 years. In addition, some actions would be ongoing throughout the life of the Master Plan. It is expected that additional sources of funding, such as grants or a funding measure, would be necessary to complete this important work and allow for proper management of the Preserve as new areas are opened and made available to the public.
If you have any questions about the Master Plan, please feel free to contact Lisa Bankosh, Project Manager, at email@example.com.
La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, considered by many as a gateway to the San Mateo coast, features forests of redwood and Douglas fir, contrasting open grassland hilltops, and spectacular panoramic views leading to the coast. This Preserve's potential has only just begun to be scratched as historically only a portion of the preserve has been open to hikers and equestrians on a permit basis.
In July 2004, the District and a team of consultants kicked off the master planning process for this Preserve with an on-site meeting to review the scope of work, schedule, and budget for this project. The District master planning process aims to provide the public with greater opportunities for recreation access, interpretation, and education, while expanding livestock grazing and protecting the rural heritage, natural, cultural, and historic resources of the landscape for the long-term.
In December 2007, the District held an open house to discuss the La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve Draft Master Plan. A concise list of the draft plan recommendations, true to the District's mission and incorporating many of the comments and ideas the District received from neighbors, agencies, Preserve users, and local organizations, was released. (See Draft Implementation Table and Draft Plan Maps).
The Draft La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve Master Plan was released on April 13, 2009. At the public hearing (agenda) on June 16, 2009, the District's Board of Directors received community input and discussed the Draft Master Plan. The third public hearing was held November 12 , 2009; the Board of Directors voted to tentatively approve the draft Master Plan.