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


Thursday, February 12th, 2015     

The Man behind the Maps

Even if you are a longtime supporter of Greenbelt Alliance, a name you might not be familiar with is Adam Garcia. Adam is Greenbelt Alliance’s mad scientist, our policy researcher. Today, Adam is working to improve the Bay Area Priority Conservation Area program. Continue reading

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015     

A Letter from the CEO

2014 was quite a year. Across the Bay Area, great steps were made toward better protecting our region’s special open spaces and to making our cities and towns great places to live, work, and play. Continue reading

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015     

Conservation by Collaboration

Greenbelt Alliance has been meeting with representatives and agencies from all nine Bay Area counties to highlight opportunities for new Priority Conservation Areas. Along the way, these collaborations have led to some rich discourse and some exciting potential projects. Continue reading

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