Who We Are
Created in 1972, Midpen is an independent special district that has preserved nearly 65,000 acres of public land and manages 26 open space preserves. Midpen’s boundary extends from San Carlos to Los Gatos and to the Pacific Ocean from south of Pacifica to the Santa Cruz County line.
Midpen’s purpose is to create a regional greenbelt of unspoiled public open space lands in order to permanently protect the area’s natural resources and to provide for public use and enjoyment.
Preserves include redwood, oak, and fir forests, chaparral-covered hillsides, riparian corridors, grasslands, and wetlands along the San Francisco Bay. Ranging from 55 to over 18,000 acres, 25 preserves are open to the public free of charge, 365 days a year. Visitors will find over 240 miles of trails, ranging from easy to challenging terrain.
To acquire and preserve a regional greenbelt of open space land in perpetuity, protect and restore the natural environment, and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education.
On the San Mateo County Coast, our mission includes:
To acquire and preserve in perpetuity open space land and agricultural land of regional significance, protect and restore the natural environment, preserve rural character, encourage viable agricultural use of land resources, and provide opportunities for ecologically sensitive public enjoyment and education.
Coastal Protection Program
Through its Coastal Protection Area Service Plan the District is committed to protecting our coastal watershed and agricultural lands and preserving the rural character of the region. Learn more