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Peninsula Open Space Trust

Rating: 4 stars   5 reviews 755

Nonprofit Issues:

Environment, Water


222 High Street Palo Alto CA 94301 USA


To protect and care for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley.


POST is a leading private, nonprofit land trust and, since its founding in 1977, has been responsible for saving more than 70,000 acres as permanent open space, parkland and working farmland.

Geographic areas served:

San Francisco Peninsula and Santa Cruz Mountain range.


Our Heart of the Redwoods campaign is underway! Join us and help save 20,000 acres of the last remaining redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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Rating: 4 stars  

POST understands that the nonprofit tax exemptions that benefit many organizations can adversely impact tax receipts to school districts across the state. In working with the La Honda Pescadero Unified School District (LHPUSD) and, at the direction of our Board, we have worked to balance our nonprofit tax-exempt status with the needs of the LHPUSD community. We feel strongly that both the School District and POST have the best interests of the communities that we serve at heart.

Over the last year, we have worked with the LHPUSD to gain a mutual understanding of the impact of our land ownership. Our calculations show the actual revenue shortfall to the LHPUSD due to our tax-exempt status was approximately $145,000. To offset this, POST made a payment in lieu of taxes directly to the LHPUSD. This payment has been accepted by the LHPUSD. In addition, we have sponsored or made other investments in the LHP Educational Foundation as well as other nonprofits like Puente that support the communities around Pescadero.

We are confident that this arrangement has helped to alleviate the budget shortfall, and has established a constructive framework for the future.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a donor to Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST). I like their mission. I first became aware of POST when they were working to preserve the CEMEX redwoods in Davenport. This huge tract of over 8,000 acres had many complex land issues to understand and work on. It was bought & is now being preserved by POST and others. I hope that POST can continue it mission & continue to protect wild land in our area. -Abe Farag

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Rating: 1 stars  

POST is killing the LaHonda Pescadero Unified School District by not paying any property taxes on purchased lands. Currently keeping an average of $470,000 duethe school district. Roughly $570,000 not paid to th county of San Mateo as well. Tell this organization it needs to be responsible to the children and residents of the south coast, especially if you are or are considering donating.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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I've been volunteering with POST for about 4 years, doing habitat restoration work, which largely means helping to control invasive plants. I also help monitor one of the conservation easements that POST is responsible for, on the San Mateo County coast. POST knows how to appreciate its volunteers and does a good job of training us, too. As an organization it continues to think about, and revise its priorities, without apparent confusion, which is healthy. Helping to preserve well-managed farm and timber land, as well as open space, near a major urban area is hugely gratifying for me.

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A lot

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Quite well

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Rating: 5 stars  

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POST is a great organization working to preserve the nature landscape of the California Bay Area while incorporating the needs of recreational visitors and people making their living from the land. They are blending the needs of people, plants and animals so we can all thrive in their beautiful part of the world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way they are piecing together preserved open spaces throughout the bay area.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they protect land but not at the expense of farmers and others who use the land in a respectful and sustainable way.

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