Protecting the land is not enough to keep it healthy. Over 18,000 acres of Preserve lands are managed to reduce the threats of exotic plants and animals, climate impacts, loss of keystone species, such as pollinators, and pathogens, such as Sudden Oak Death. To counteract these threats, sustained hands-on habitat management and restoration are essential and the Conservancy’s small, dedicated staff are out on the land every day. The scale of need can be overwhelming and the key to success is the community. On a daily basis, the Conservancy engages with Preserve landowners: through one-on-one consultation for Openlands restoration projects, responding to and making house calls for any number of ecological inquiries, and hosting monthly events to observe wildlife and learn about the land.
The Conservancy’s community engagement extends beyond the gates of The Preserve too. The private protected lands model of The Preserve provides exceptional opportunities for field study. The property’s rich diversity of species and natural communities are accessible and the security of the property provides sampling locations where research equipment can remain untampered. The Conservancy provides access through research collaborations from universities and other science-based organizations, who wish to study topics that will inform land management goals and advance the understanding of the interfaces between human residences and natural environments. Researchers interested in accessing The Preserve are encouraged to contact the Conservancy for more information.