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Growing up in the South Bay until the age of 10, Menlo Park resident Hilary Stevenson would frequent Deer Hollow Farm. When she came to Stanford after living out of state, her interest in biology and environmental science, along with wanting to do public service, was firm.

She now has what she describes as her “fantasy job.” She was recently appointed General Counsel of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, a promotion from Assistant General Counsel.

“There is no place like the District if you’re interested in being involved and making decisions that help preserve the environment,” she said during a visit at Windy Hill Open Space Preserve in Portola Valley.

From a biologist perspective the job is fulfilling because “we do a lot of preservation and recovery.”

“We’ve been doing a census of the endangered San Francisco Garter Snake, which exists only here in San Mateo County,” she said. “The numbers are stable. And that means there’s a chance that anyone who’s hiking on one of the District’s beautifully built trails might encounter this endangered species. And just be minutes from home!”

Her work with the Midpen has increased her appreciation of the craftmenship and care that goes into building a trail. “The casual observer might not notice that there’s shade in places, which was done purposefully,” she said. “Trails are built in a ways that are sensitive to the resources and provide a good experience for trail users.”

Asked to pick a favorite District trail, she chose Thornewood, as good for both her 12 year-old twins and the family dog. Another is Mindego Hill trail with it’s great views of the ocean to the west.

While the District preserves can be enjoyed one-on-one, there are also docent-led activities. Upcoming ones include Mount Umunhum: Past and Present at Sierra Azul Preserve on August 4 and an Earthquake Hike at Los Trancos Preserve on August 5.

Photo by Betsy Sergeant Snow (c) 2018

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Big Dish will be closed for two weeks starting July 21

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Locals used to getting a daily or weekly Big Dish fix will need to find other hills to walk or jog up and down when the Big Dish area on the Stanford campus closes for two weeks starting July 21. After undergoing maintenance, it is scheduled to re-open on August 4. “The Dish area has […]

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Spotted: Young coyotes and Buck deer roaming the Dish

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Hey Menlo folks who enjoy walking or jogging the Dish. While the turkeys that are normally out in abundance were no where to be seen early this morning, we got a special show from two young coyotes — we’re guessing this year’s litter — and a Buck deer. Neither coyotes nor deer seemed the least […]

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Spotted: Dozens of turkey chicks atop Big Dish

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Jogging along the ridge leading to the Big Dish this morning, a number of pairs of turkeys and their offspring emerged from the tall grass, eyeing the oncoming human traffic that was coming in both directions. Looking left and then right, the eventually scurried across to the other side. Note to Menlo Park Dish users: […]

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Annual visit to Cozzolino’s Christmas tree lot in Half Moon Bay

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While Tony Cozzolino (or his father Alex) brings a few trees to the Menlo Park Farmers Market each Sunday, you get the best selection by heading over the hill toward Half Moon Bay to the Cozzolino tree lot located on Highway 92 near Spanish Town. We found Tony and wife Stephanie both on hand to […]

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La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve opens to the public today

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A new MidPeninsula Regional Open Space park, La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve, opens to the public today. Previously, this area was only opened to visitors by special reservation. Hikers and equestrians will have free daily access to six miles of trail from a new parking lot at 900 Sears Ranch Road in La Honda.. […]

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Where to donate – and what’s needed – for victims of North Bay fires

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Seaport Storage, just off of Woodside Road and Highway 101, has arranged to deliver needed items for fire victims to its facility in the North Bay. A complete list is below. Justin Wethington, manager of Seaport Storage, is in direct communication and cooperation with the shelters in the wine country. The list was sent to […]

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Big Dish area will be closed for five days in August

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The popular walking destination for Menlo Park residents, Stanford’s Big Dish area, will be closed Monday, August 15 through Friday, August 19. We’re using that announcement to showcase some of InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles photos of the area’s creatures. The closure will allow for coordinated maintenance activities in and around the area. According to a […]

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How to get a taste of San Francisco without leaving the Peninsula

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From time-to-time InMenlo has explored “nearby,” meaning people, places and organizations that aren’t rooted in our coverage area of Menlo Park and Atherton (with occasional forays to Portola Valley and Woodside). In the “nearby” vein, a recent late afternoon adventure got us thinking about ways to experience San Francisco without leaving the Peninsula. No need to […]

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Exploring artistic microclimates around the Bay Area

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Editor’s note: Menlo-Atherton High School junior Holly Newman recently participated in Newsroom by the Bay, which originally published this article. Holly will be a staff writer for M-A Chronicle in the coming school year. Art is often a mysterious thing to those viewing it. How can an artist start with a blank canvas and produce a masterpiece? […]

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Boy Scout Troop 222 from Menlo Park distributes American flags at Golden Gate National Cemetery

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In preparation for Memorial Day, Boy Scout Troop 222, sponsored by Menlo Church in Menlo Park, helped place flags along headstones at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. If you’ve driven by that cemetery coming or going to the City and were curious about it, here are some facts, according to its website. It opened […]

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