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Feasibility Study of the 90-Mile Multi-Use Ohlone-Portolá Heritage Trail

This webinar will discuss the ins and outs of a feasibility study done on the 90-mile multi-use trail to interpret early California history in San Mateo County.

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Mountain Time)
12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (Central Time)
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM (Eastern Time)


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FREE for nonmembers

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    Webinar Outline

    A Spanish expedition in search of Monterey Bay led to the accidental "discovery" of San Francisco Bay in 1769 from atop a ridge in today's San Mateo County in California.

    To mark the 250th anniversary of this event, an effort was undertaken to tell the story of the expedition and of the native people who greeted the Spanish warmly, but whose lives and culture were nearly eradicated within a few short years. The goal of the feasibility study was to designate a 90-mile multi-use trail on public lands that traces the steps of the Spanish expedition and highlights the native people they encountered.

    California State Parks gave the Planning Merit award to San Mateo County Parks Department for the Ohlone-Portolá Heritage Trail at the California State Parks Trail and Greenways Conference in 2020.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn how a 90-mile multi-use trail was planned through San Mateo County from the Pacific Ocean to the San Francisco Bay
    • Learn how the Ohlone-Portolá Heritage Trail traces the steps of the Spanish expedition and highlights the native people they encountered
    • Learn how two people’s very different but equally weighted interpretations can be told.

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    Sam Herzberg, Senior Planner, San Mateo County Parks Department
    Redwood City, California

    Sam Herzberg has been a Senior Planner with the San Mateo County Parks Department for 22 years, and worked for the San Mateo County Planning Department 9 ½ years before that. He is experienced in park, urban, natural resource, marina, sustainability, and regional trail planning. He has extensive experience with master plans, habitat conservation planning, grants, CEQA/NEPA environmental review, permitting, and capital projects.

    Sam developed with Ohlone-Portolá Heritage Trail Feasibility Study with representatives of over 60 agencies, tribes, historical associations, and legislators. Also developed were a logo, Communications Plan, documentary films, and interpretive signs. County Parks also updated descriptions of the State Historic Landmarks identifying the Portolá Expedition campgrounds, and these were redesignated the Ohlone-Portola Heritage Trail in San Mateo County.

    On November 2, 2019, Sam helped organize a well-attended Ohlone-Portolá Heritage Day to recognize 10,000 years of Ohlone settlement in San Mateo County and the 250th anniversary of the Gaspar de Portolá sighting of the San Francisco Bay. The Heritage Day event was held in the City of Pacifica with Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the San Mateo County Parks Department with active participation by the Ramaytush Ohlone tribe, and descendants of the Gaspar de Portolá and Juan Bautista de Anza expeditions. State Parks gave the Planning Merit award to San Mateo County Parks Department for the Ohlone-Portolá Heritage Trail at the California State Parks Trail and Greenways Conference in 2020.


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