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April 21, 2004

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Publication Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2004

POST buys key property for Skyline-to-sea trail POST buys key property for Skyline-to-sea trail (April 21, 2004)

The Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) has bought 340 acres of key ridge land south of Half Moon Bay that some day may become part of an unbroken trail leading hikers from Skyline to the sea.

Lobitos Ridge lies between Purisima and Lobitos creeks. It forms a key connection from the Purisima Creek Open Space Preserve down to Purisima Farms and South Cowell Ranch on the Pacific Ocean.

"We view this as our best opportunity to create a Skyline-to-sea trail in San Mateo County," said Audrey Rust, president of the Menlo Park-based land trust.

POST bought the land from the Beffa family, which has owned and farmed it since 1952, for $3 million.

"We didn't want to see it developed," said Clyde Beffa Jr., grandson of Charlie Beffa, who bought the land to raise stock for dairy farming.

POST will continue some of the agricultural activities on the land, such as cattle grazing and flower farming.

Eventually it hopes to transfer the land to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District or another public agency so that it can be opened to the public for hiking.

"You'll be able to take a long walk along the ridgeline, enjoying spectacular views all the way down to the coast," said Ms. Rust.

For more information, call POST at 854-7696, or go to www.openspacetrust.org.


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