Open space group purchases land next to Santa’s Tree Farm near Highway 92


Date: Feb. 26, 2010 Contact: Leigh Ann Maze (650) 691-1200 x566

MROSD approves purchase of 160 acre property in Half Moon Bay

Los Altos, California [Feb. 26, 2010] – The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s board of
directors approved purchase of a 160-acre property in Half Moon Bay at a public meeting Wednesday
night. The seller, a private party, will retain ownership of the adjacent property which includes their
working Christmas tree farm. Less than two acres of the tree farm is on the land the District is purchasing,
and will be leased back to the seller to be operated as part of the tree farm.

The property is located near Highway 92 and Skyline Boulevard, an area identified as a priority for land
conservation because it serves as a gateway to the San Mateo County Coast. The District’s purchase of
the property helps to preserve agriculture, rural character and scenic beauty of the Half Moon Bay area.
Protection and restoration of the natural environment are also a priority for the District, and the purchased
property provides rich and diverse habitat for wildlife.

Because the property is surrounded on all sides by private land, it will remain closed to the public for the
time being. Future land purchases will be necessary to connect it to the District’s existing Mills Creek
Open Space Preserve, less than a mile away.

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