We join with Rep. Eric Swalwell, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty, Livermore Mayor John Marchand, Pleasanton Vice-mayor Karla Brown and Dublin Vice-mayor Melissa Hernandez in congratulating the Tri-Valley Conservancy on 25 years of preserving local lands. Since it was established in 1994 with the purpose of preserving open space in the South Livermore Valley, the Conservancy has expanded into Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon and Sunol. Today, it protects more than 4,500 acres with permanent conservation easements. It has spearheaded the development of land-use plans to preserve 8,000 more acres of orchards, vineyards, farms, trails and parklands. Next month, the completion of the Edward R. Campbell Bridge will complete a 44-mile trail link connecting 25,000 acres from Livermore to Fremont.

Once land is built over with shopping malls, parking lots and subdivisions, it is nearly impossible to recover in anything close to its natural state. By conserving thousands of acres of Tri-Valley land, the Conservancy has given a gift of lasting value to present and future generations. We thank the organization, Chairman Ryan Callahan and its other public spirited leaders, and urge Tri-Valley residents to continue supporting them.