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Land could create continuous habitat corridor

Original post made on Dec 11, 2011

More than 1 million acres of private lands in the Bay Area, much of it deemed essential to the preservation of animal species, have been identified for potential conservation by the Bay Area Open Space Council, according to a massive new report.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, December 11, 2011, 12:24 PM

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Posted by Howard
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm

The Open Spaces currently being preserved have only one purpose: as the future location of our houses, schools, roads and towns when their current locations are inundated as the seas rise as a result of global warming.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 12, 2011 at 10:05 am

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That land is ripe for open space acquisition only because it has been downzoned below practical use. A beautiful way to steal someone elses' land


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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

I am all for open space. At some point or another all this land was stolen to begin with so while reasonable compensation needs to be in place the over-riding important thing is to preserve nature.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

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Posted by Matt Stoecker
a resident of Portola Valley
on Dec 15, 2011 at 7:05 am

In addition to protecting open space lands and terrestrial wildlife corridors between them, we also must ensure essential migration routes within our aquatic creek corridors. Impassable migration barriers, like Stanford University's 120-year old Searsville Dam, have severed a critical migration corridor for threatened steelhead trout and historic salmon runs from the Bay up San Francisquito Creek to spread vital oceanic nutrients throughout the watershed to the many starved open space ecosystems upstream including; Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Windy Hill Open Space, Coal Creek Open Space, and many more.

Our protected lands and Bay wetlands will continue to suffer while antiquated and non-essential dams like Searsville continue to impede and fragment wildlife passage, degrade downstream habitat and water quality, and starve Bay wetlands of sediment that is critical to their survival in the face of sea level rise.

Please find out more at:

www.BeyondSearsvilleDam.org


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:08 am

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Down-zoning property preparatory to annexing it for wildlife corridors and such is just plain theft. The steelhead is a non-native species and salmon hatcheries more than make up for the natural and man caused vagaries of habitat.


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Posted by Alice Smith
a resident of Green Acres
on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:34 pm

This land is more valuable to humanity than it ever can be to a single individual.


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Posted by Ok Good
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm

@Alice Smith - so presumably humanity will happily pay the individual owner the fair market value for it?


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 18, 2011 at 11:43 am

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Alice is a victim of the "Untouched wilderness" scam, a theory that except for man's interference, nature does nobly along. One look at the Grand Canyon should disprove that. Nature is always changing, mostly whether man cares or not, and mostly beyond man's control. Look at the coastal redwoods. Most of them are second growth, volunteer at that. People who benefit from wilderness designations are those who own recreation facilities and those select few [like Sierra Club upper classfolk] who are granted exceptions to the wilderness exclusion.


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Posted by Anon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 18, 2011 at 10:45 pm

> Alice is a victim of the "Untouched wilderness" scam

In fact, Alice and anyone else who disagrees with you is just a victim of having their own opinions - always something that seems to set you off enough to come up with such entertaining responses.

Make your own point and let others make theirs.


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