Bear Creek Redwoods

Background

Measure AA is a $300 million general obligation bond approved in June 2014 by over two-thirds of Midpen voters. Proceeds from bonds, which will be sold in a series over approximately the next 20-30 years, will be used to:

  • protect natural open space lands
  • open preserves or areas of preserves that are currently closed
  • construct public access improvements such as new trails and staging areas
  • restore and enhance open space land, which includes forests, streams, watersheds, and coastal ranch areas.

Midpen issued its first tranche of bonds in August 2015 sized at $45 million. These funds were used to implement Measure AA projects that were approved by the Board of Directors at a public meeting in October 2014, and updated in March 2018. Midpen is currently making substantial progress on these projects, including the opening of the Mt. Umunhum Summit to the public in September 2017 and La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve in December 2017.

Project Accomplishments

The following video highlights Measure AA project accomplishments in land conservation, public access, and restoration during the first four years of funding:

Measure AA funded projects are highlighted with information through our newsletters, email, website, and social media, and signage in our preserves. We encourage the public to stay involved in and aware of our project accomplishments by signing up for email notifications, attending our board meetings, and providing comments. We look forward to this wonderful opportunity to expand our beautiful open spaces with habitat restoration and outdoor recreation opportunities.

Future Projects

Click on the image to view interactive story mapAs promised, Measure AA funds will ONLY be used for the 25 key project portfolios listed below. During the Vision Plan process these were called priority actions. They have been renamed portfolios, because each one contains multiple projects that will be prioritized separately. Download the Top 25 Future Open Space Project Portfolios.

Next Steps

A new list of Measure AA projects was adopted by the Board of Directors in March 2018. These new capital projects will focus on opening Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve to the public, continuing work on Bayfront habitat protection and public access partnerships, and providing public access and habitat restoration in La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve.

Members of the public are invited to submit comments with their views on project priorities.

Land Conservation Progress Update

Land acquisition is the first step to open space conservation. The Vision Plan identified 50,000 acres of open space land that, when conserved, would significantly improve wildlife conditions, wetlands, watersheds, creeks, sensitive plant communities and healthy outdoor recreation. As of January 2016, Midpen has acquired 1,003 acres of land with $12,842,500 in funding support from Measure AA Funds. Learn more.

Oversight Committee

Midpen’s Oversight Committee is comprised of seven at-large members who reside within the District. The Committee convenes at least once a year and takes the time required to thoroughly review annual Measure AA expenditures and Midpen’s Annual Audit and Accountability report. Each year, the Committee’s findings is presented to the Board at a public meeting and will be posted on the District’s website. Learn more.

Measure AA Bond Annual Accountability Report for the time period spanning July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017

Ballot Language, as approved by the voters

To improve access to hiking and biking opportunities, protect and preserve redwood forests, natural open spaces, the scenic beauty of our region and coastline, critical wildlife habitat, restore creeks to protect water quality, and reduce forest fire risk; shall Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District be authorized to issue up to $300 million in bonds, at a tax rate not to exceed $3.18 per $100,000 of assessed value of property owned, with expenditures verified by an independent citizen oversight committee.