Admit it. When you are driving down 280 looking at the gorgeous foothills off to the right, you have wondered "can I actually hike through those woods?". The answer is moving towards "maybe" as the News-Times is reporting here
A proposal to open the 23,000-acre Peninsula Watershed to greater public access is gaining broad support, with the notable exception of environmental groups, who criticize the plan for its potential to damage sensitive animal and plant species.
Elected officials in San Francisco and San Mateo County, government agencies, hikers and mountain bikers have lined up behind the project, unveiled in February by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which owns and manages the vast refuge that runs from San Bruno to Woodside above the Crystal Springs reservoirs.
The watershed has been mostly off-limits since the SFPUC bought the property in 1930. The agency long claimed that allowing more people onto the land could threaten wildlife, such as the endangered marbled murrelet, and risk contaminating reservoirs that are key elements of the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System, which serves 2.4 million people in the Bay Area.
Walking on our side along Sawyer Camp Trail is fun and healthy, but the other side looks totally cool. For once it appears the political animals in EssEff are in line with our local wild life variety pols!