- There are 1.3 million acres of protected land in the Bay Area. This is the most of any major metropolitan area in the world!
- What is protected here is 1.7 times the size of Yosemite. All right in our backyard!
- And the icing on the cake is that we have nearly 1 million acres of publicly accessible parks, trails and open spaces! That's almost 1 million acres for all of us.
“We have over 7 million people in the Bay Area and all of us here have something very special: easy access to an incredible amount of publicly owned land,” said Jenn Fox, Executive Director of the Bay Area Open Space Council. “The Protected Areas Map shows us that throughout the Bay Area individuals and organizations are working to create parks, build trails, and work the land for food. This ongoing effort gives all Bay Area families a chance to enjoy nature and stay healthy.”
Dozens of agencies and nonprofits are working tirelessly to conserve land - most of them are members of the Open Space Council. The Bay Area Protected Lands Map clearly illustrates the hard work of these organizations and agencies and what a special region it is.
The California Coastal Conservancy’s Bay Area Program financially supports the development of Bay Area Protected Areas Database (BPAD). GreenInfo Network is a key partner in the creation and maintenance of the GIS data and map. Due to the success and learning in developing BPAD, GreenInfo Network expanded the database to include protected lands for all of California, the California Protected Areas Database (CPAD).