Bay Nature’s 2018 Local Hero for Conservation Action: Walter T. Moore

"Redwood Hero" Walter Moore has been at the center of efforts to preserve vast swaths of South Bay parkland. Photo: Paolo Vescia
Walter Moore has been at the center of efforts to preserve vast swaths of South Bay parkland. Photo: Paolo Vescia

Bay Nature’s Local Hero Awards recognize three individuals in our community whose efforts foster understanding and preservation of the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area. The 2018 awards will be presented at Bay Nature’s Local Hero Awards Dinner in San Francisco on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Walter T. Moore is our 2018 Local Hero for Conservation Action.

Some people just have a gift for seeing into the future and helping others to see it, too. Walter Moore is one of those people. Over the past 22 years, he has been at the center of conservation efforts that have protected over 75,500 acres of open space, farms, and parkland on the Peninsula, from San Francisco Bay to the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Pacific coast.

Walter Moore’s work has energized donors large and small to support the preservation of thousands of acres of watersheds, working lands, and natural habitats. At a time when the people of the Peninsula risked losing their connection to the natural world due to the rapid pace of economic development, Moore quietly and efficiently orchestrated strong collaborative campaigns to save critical forests, creeks, pastures, and wildlife corridors. Among his achievements are the formation of the Living Landscape Initiative, a coalition of Bay Area land trusts and foundations that protected over 25,000 acres of land in just three years’ time, preserved the San Vicente Redwoods—the largest remaining privately-owned parcel of redwoods in the San Francisco Bay Area—and successfully campaigned to designate the Cotoni-Coast Dairies property along the Santa Cruz coast as America’s newest national monument.

Walter became POST’s general counsel after working in real estate and litigation law at a private firm in Palo Alto. He became President of POST in 2012. Shortly thereafter, POST played a pivotal role in the passage of a critical $300 million bond measure for the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, POST’s public partner on land stewardship and public access.

“Walter is special because he flies below the radar and gets things done. A lot of things,” said Bay Nature board member Reed Holderman, who worked closely with Moore on the Cotoni-Coast Dairies monument campaign. “He probably earned this recognition years ago, but you would never know it because he never let up. It’s time Walter receives the recognition and acknowledgment he so richly deserves.”

Read about our other 2018 Local Heroes:

Environmental Education
Dr. Lisa Micheli, President & CEO, Pepperwood Preserve

Youth Engagement
Sandra Corzantes, Outings Leader and Organizer


Join us in celebrating our three Local Heroes at Bay Nature’s 2018 Annual Awards Dinner on March 25, 2018, at the UCSF-Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. The evening will include a reception, hors d’oeuvres, full bar, auction, and a full-course dinner.

For information on tickets, sponsorships and other marketing opportunities, please contact Laney Ennis at 510.528-8550 x103/