Project Accomplished – Sweeney Ridge
This campaign was successful and Sweeney Ridge is now part of the GGNRA. Page is being left online for historical purposes.
Photographs by Stephen Johnson. Sweeney Ridge, Sneath Lane Entry Gate.
Sweeney Gateway Preserved: An Update
By Ernie Gomes, Vice-President
Since January of 2001, the Pacifica Land Trust (PLT) and the Friends of Sweeney Ridge (
Although the property is located within the city limits of San Bruno, it was owned by the City of
The PLT saw the preservation of this property as being vital to maintain the hydrological integrity of the watershed lands. The site also serves as prime habitat for endangered species of animals, including the San Francisco Garter Snake, Mission Blue Butterfly, and the California Red Legged Frog. Also, a proposed link from the Sweeney Ridge Trail to the popular San Andreas Trail runs through a portion of the property.
The City of Pacifica was originally unaware that it owned the property. Once discovered, it was declared surplus property and soon developers became interested in building large
It has been a long tough road since Jan. 11, 2001, when flyers opposing the development were first distributed to neighbors’ doors, In March of 2001, the Friends of Sweeney Ridge was formed and immediately became supporters and collaborators with the Pacifica Land Trust. Shortly afterward, the PLT negotiated a Purchase Option Agreement with the City of Pacifica. This opportunity gave the PLT and
The enormous public awareness campaign paid off! In 2004, the Pacific Gas & Electric Company was given permission by the state Public Utilities Commission to construct the Jefferson-Martin high voltage power line in San Mateo County. Since this power line would partially run through the San Francisco watershed, the GGNRA asked PG&E to purchase the Sweeney parcel for open space, as mitigation for the environmental impacts. In 2005, PG&E agreed to contribute $800,000 for the purchase, in addition to other mitigation measures. In August of 2007
Congratulations and thanks to all of you who donated money to the Pacifica Land Trust and to those who worked with the GGNRA (and Ranger George Durgerian) as site stewards. Years of stewardship help to establish a strong bond between the local community and the GGNRA. Also, special thanks to all of those who supported the PLT including , Nancy Hornor and Brian O’Neill of the GGNRA, the San Francisco Water Department, Bay Area Ridge Trails, Trust for Public Land, Committee for Green Foothills, the California State Coastal Conservancy, the offices of California