Mt Bikers Welcome on These Coastal Acres
The Midcoast is now officially home to a national park. Nearly a year later than expected, late last week Golden Gate National Recreation Area announced the transfer of Rancho Corral de Tierra, the 4,262-acre Midcoast land previously managed by Peninsula Open Space Trust. “We are pleased that congress has provided funding to complete the purchase of Rancho Corral de Tierra,” GGNRA Superintendent Frank Dean said in a prepared release. “This magnificent parcel adds to the region’s protected open space, and helps extend existing national parklands on Milagra Ridge and Sweeney Ridge southward in the Coastside of San Mateo County.”
National Park Service had been working on the various transaction requirements. In March, GGRNA Planning Program Manager Nancy Hornor told the Review the federal agency was working with POST to clear the bureaucratic hurdles required of a federal land acquisition.
POST President Walter Moore said he was thrilled to see Rancho officially become part of GGNRA.
“We are honored to be able to add almost 4,000 more acres of parkland for the public to enjoy,” Moore said in a prepared statement. “It is a testament to the beauty and ecological significance of this land that it is now a national park.”
In the coming months, the National Park Service will work with
the local communities and public land agencies in the Coastside to develop maps and signage on the existing network of trails, and develop a long-term plan for the new national park site.