Are San Mateo County Parks at Risk of Fires, Floods & Sea Level Rise?

Guest authored by Doug Silverstein You bet they are! Unfortunately. Inconveniently. And sadly. Coyote Point Recreation Area sits at sea level. Crystal Springs Regional Trail parallels an active reservoir. And dozens of other SMC Parks — like Huddart, Wunderlich and San Pedro Valley — dot the expanse of our mature local forests. Now 12 weeks and 6 hikes into the 2019 SMC Hike-a-Palooza, 40+ community leaders have collectively hiked  250+ miles of amazing San Mateo County Park trails. We’re lucky to have these 22 wonderful open spaces that cross 16,000 acres, and the dozens of County Parks staff members committed to excellent stewardship. But will these parks be here for us in our lifetime – 10, 20 or 50 years? How about for our kids and their kids? Hopefully.

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