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Open Space District buys threatened frog habitat

Original post made on Mar 19, 2012

A population of federally threatened red-legged frogs now has a protected home, after the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District purchased the 564-acre Madonna Creek Ranch near Half Moon Bay, the district announced Friday, March 16.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, March 17, 2012, 11:12 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by Brian, a resident of Professorville
on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:29 am

Can anyone from MROSD tell me how the property was determined to be worth $3.6 million??

thank you.


Posted by Timothy Gray, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

This collection of protected lands is awesome. I hope residents of the Peninsula realize and appreciate the value of the natural spaces that have been preserved. This is wonderful what has been done for future generation.

I look forward to the development of a greater network of nature trails, so that humans can tread lightly through these spaces and experience the natural treasures. Humans are a part of nature too. Thank you MROSD and POST.

Tim Gray


Posted by Timothy Gray, a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:36 am

This collection of protected lands is awesome. I hope residents of the Peninsula realize and appreciate the value of the natural spaces that have been preserved. This is wonderful what has been done for future generation.

I look forward to the development of a greater network of nature trails, so that humans can tread lightly through these spaces and experience the natural treasures. Humans are a part of nature too. Thank you MROSD and POST.

Tim Gray


Posted by Elizabeth, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 19, 2012 at 10:54 am

And this is why we love this area. The expanding protection of the very lands that make this such a heavenly area to live in.

I too look forward to the possibility of those trails and "treading lightly" through the natural habitats.

We really do live in "the center of the Universe" as one of my very senior friends once mentioned.


Posted by moi, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 19, 2012 at 11:20 am

"They almost hop out to greet you," Sommer said.

This mental picture/soundscape is priceless. I choose to delete the word, "almost."


Posted by Excited, a resident of Meadow Park
on Mar 19, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Just fantastic news!


Posted by Eileen Stolee, a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm

This is such good news! Thank you for all the dedicated people that make our open space
possible! Yes, we have traffic, but we also have all this wonderful land we can explore! I've been here over 30 years and can't imagine a better place to retire!


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Mar 20, 2012 at 11:27 am

I breed red-legged frogs and sell them to government officials who want to use them to seize people's land. It doesn't take long for these endangered species to start multiplying on somebody's property. Then you've got to get an environmentalist to take a look at them and have the land declared sacred. Soon the property owner learns that he can't develop the land because of the endangered species. Enter the local government official or POST. They make a bargain basement offer for the property. Anyway, if anybody wants some endangered frogs on their land, I can help.

I also helped Half Moon Bay flood Chop Keenen's property so that the city could declare his hotel site to be a "wetlands." OK, that didn't work out too well, in that the city got caught and a court ordered it to pay Keenen $18 million. But usually we do a pretty good job of getting people's property this way.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

The "Rare" or "Threatened" Red Legged Frog is "Rare" in at least 38 California counties.


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