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What makes the Bay Area great

The Bay Area Open Space Council is a unique network of nonprofits and public agencies that conserve, steward and connect people to the region’s world-class parks, trails, and working lands in the San Francisco Bay Area.

What started in 1990 as a small group of like-minded colleagues, the Open Space Council has grown to 65 organizational members and supporters that serve tens of millions of people each year, maintain thousands of miles of trails, produce delicious food, and steward over 1 million acres of publicly accessible parks.

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Stories that are local, national, and just for fun

We’ve got stories for you! Lots of them and they range from super local to national, grave to silly. But first, we’ll premier our film ... Continue reading

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9 Million People and 1,000 Agencies

We’ve got some facts for you today. Did you know 9 million Californians don’t have a park of any size within half a mile of the... Continue reading

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How and where water stores itself

As we deal with a drought and the possibility of an El Nino winter, people around the Bay Area are thinking about what to do when the rain does com... Continue reading

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We asked for it

We have a lot of data. After each Gathering we send an online survey asking what the attendees thought and what ideas they have. And after all of o... Continue reading

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Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) East Bay Regional Park District San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Sempervirens Fund The Nature Conservancy

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