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, July 23rd, 2014     

The Bay Area’s Priority Conservation Areas

On July 17, the Bay Area made its strongest regional commitment yet to protecting our natural and agricultural lands. The Association of Bay Area Governments unanimously approved the new and improved Priority Conversation Area Program. Continue reading

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Wednesday, June 18th, 2014     

Cloverdale’s proposal to expand to Asti denied

On June 4, the Sonoma Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) rejected Cloverdale’s request to include Asti under its control at the urging of Greenbelt Alliance, Sonoma County Conservation Action, and concerned local residents. Continue reading

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Wednesday, June 4th, 2014     

Two huge wins for open space in the Bay Area

We are ecstatic to share with you two monumental wins for open space: Dublin has adopted an urban limit line and Measure AA appears to have passed. These victories show that there is strong support for safeguarding our natural landscapes throughout the Bay Area. Continue reading

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