"After all, ladies and gentlemen, we are only trying to save "God's Little Acre" . . ." (Wallace Stegner)

Increasing population in our communities results in a decrease per capita of available parks and open space, where people can quickly and easily go for respite from their busy lives. The Atherton Conservation Trust seeks to locate, secure, manage and protect with endowed trusts one or two of the remaining larger parcels in Atherton in order to create public gardens, recreation parks or pure undeveloped open spaces that will be preserved and enjoyed by the public forever. These are likely to take the form of Land Trusts. Based on their most recent census of land trusts across America, the Land Trust Alliance reports that there are more than 1,700 land trusts with over 100,000 volunteers and 2 million members. It is estimated that across the U.S., land trusts have conserved over 37 million acres of land in America an area roughly the size of all the New England states combined. This total acreage is double the total protected five years before. Clearly, as population increases and density increases, local communities are waking up to the realization that they need to take precautions to protect a few remaining areas for public open space, or they will be lost forever.