Our Open Spaces are priceless.
Photo by Dave Poeschel
The photo is of an endangered Checkerspot Butterfly, which thrives only in open spaces.
San Mateo County Parks has been working on "reimagining" Flood County Park since 2015. It is now in the "realize" stage, https://parks.smcgov.org/realize-flood-park, but you can still participate in the planning process by attending community meetings and/or sign the petition.
There is a conflict developing because aspects of the reimaging require many trees to be removed.
Our concern arises -- not simply over removal of trees but -- because County Parks and many residents are unaware of the cultural and historic significance of the very old native valley oak, coast live oak, and bay trees in this County Park. Most of the valley floor between the San Francisco baylands and mountains was originally oak savanna and woodlands. Today they are ALL but gone with just a few acres left in San Jose at the Guadalupe Oak Grove Park and here at Flood Park making these remnants extremely scarce and irreplaceable. Read more.