Natural Landscapes Initiative

The Bay Area’s famous natural landscapes shelter wildlife, foster healthy lifestyles, and attract visitors from all over the world. But unplanned growth can put our treasured spaces at risk, from the hills that offer stunning views, to the valleys and streams that provide clean water. At Greenbelt Alliance, we believe development done right can not only make our cities and towns wonderful, it will keep our open spaces open for generations to come.

By bringing together people from all sectors, we build a unified force with a shared vision for how to conserve our open spaces. Greenbelt Alliance preserves and protects natural lands designated as at-risk of development by bringing together partners to develop a regional conservation strategy, and we offer the tools to successfully protect the Bay Area’s natural landscapes. Further, we advocate for essential funding to conserve parks and natural lands, including increased local, regional, and state resources that can be used to expand and steward the Bay Area’s landscapes. We’re building a clear, achievable policy agenda to fully protect the Bay Area’s greenbelt.

We’ll achieve it by:

  • Ensuring regional agencies, county governments, and city governments use the most effective policy tools for protecting land;
  • Continuing our longstanding engagement with site-specific proposals for development on open space;
  • Supporting efforts to increase funding for the acquisition and stewardship of the Bay Area’s natural lands and parks.

We’ll know we’ve achieved it when:

  • Acreage of natural areas permanently protected from development is significantly increased;
  • All Bay Area residents have convenient, affordable access to open space near their homes, and can easily access recreation areas in the greenbelt;
  • Sufficient investment in “green infrastructure” such as wetlands, flood zones, and watersheds ensures natural resources are resilient in the face of stress on the environment—including the impacts of climate change.

Natural Landscapes Initiative News


Wednesday, November 5th, 2014     

KQED Science: Bay Area Votes in Favor of Open Space and ‘Smart’ Growth

This article was originally published on November 5, 2014 on the KQED Science blog. Link to the original article . By Marissa Ortega-Welch A local environmental group is declaring victories for open space preservation and smart growth in the Bay Area. The Greenbelt Alliance took positions on six measures on … Continue reading

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2014     

Big Wins at the 2014 Ballot

UPDATE (11/10/14): Santa Clara County’s Measure Q has officially passed, so we are ecstatic to announce huge wins for the Bay Area and Greenbelt Alliance—winning on all ballot measure positions that we endorsed. Our endorsements and your support made this happen. Continue reading

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Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014     

Her Rural Majesty: Julie’s Story

Julie and her husband fell in love with Sonoma County, so they found a place to call home in Asti. When neighboring Cloverdale was looking to sprawl out beyond its urban growth boundary, Julie teamed up with Greenbelt Alliance and our local partners to fight the expansion. Continue reading

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