Environmental protection and the trail plan
Only major issues are addressed here. Environmental issues regarding
development in the Dish area have been explored in detail as part
of Stanford's EIR filings.
The County Trail Master Plan tends to route trails along creeks,
which are the most environmentally sensitive zones in this area.
We propose rerouting the Matadero Creek trail from the alignment
shown in the Trail Master Plan to the narrow strip of Palo Alto
which connects the Arastadero Preserve with Old Page Mill Road.
We also propose routing the San Francisquito Creek trail further
east of the creek than shown in the Trail Master Plan and using
existing service road alignments in the Dish area where possible.
Hill erosion from non-motorized trail uses is more of an aesthetic
problem than a major environmental hazard. However, building out
trails to County standards should alleviate this problem. It has
done so successfully in areas such as the Arastadero Preserve, and
in the few places where Stanford has built natural-tread trails
(an example is the path to the Student Observatory) they have held
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Last update November 16, 2001.