The Umunhum Conservancy is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Mt. Umunhum and its historic Radar Tower.
The historic Radar Tower atop Mt. Umunhum will be demolished unless the Conservancy raises funds to preserve it.
Mt. Umunhum and the Radar Tower are owned by the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD). They do not spend funds on historic preservation. Unless the Conservancy raises approximately $1.5 million by October 2017, MROSD will demolish all or most of the Radar Tower.
As of April 2016 we are approximately 25% of the way to that goal. Thank you for your support!
For more information, please see our FAQ.
Historic Update: On To The Board of Supervisors!
The Santa Clara County Historical Heritage Commission voted on February 18th to recommend that the Board of Supervisors place the Tower on the County’s Historic Inventory. If the Board of Supervisors agrees that would give the Tower significant (but not absolute) protection against demolition.
The Board of Supervisors will take up the Commission’s recommendation during their Tuesday May 10th meeting. If you can attend, please do! (Time currently TBD) If you can’t attend, please contact your supervisor … on second thought, please contact them all!
The Board’s home page will help you find out who your Supervisor is, and contains links to contact them.
Here are their email addresses and phone numbers:
|1||Mike Wassermanfirstname.lastname@example.org||(408) 299-5010|
|2||Cindy Chavezemail@example.com||(408) 299-5020||Has given a quote in support of preserving the Tower.|
|3||Dave Cortesefirstname.lastname@example.org||(408) 299-5030||Has given a quote in support of preserving the Tower.|
|4||Ken Yeageremail@example.com||(408) 299-5040|
|5||Joe Simitianfirstname.lastname@example.org||(408) 299-5050|
Want to know who your Supervisor is? Look them up by your city and zip code using this table!
|94022||Los Altos||5||Joe Simitian|
|94022||Los Altos Hills||5||Joe Simitian|
|94024||Los Altos||5||Joe Simitian|
|94024||Los Altos Hills||5||Joe Simitian|
|94040||Mountain View||5||Joe Simitian|
|94041||Mountain View||5||Joe Simitian|
|94043||Mountain View||5||Joe Simitian|
|94301||Palo Alto||5||Joe Simitian|
|94303||Palo Alto||5||Joe Simitian|
|94304||Palo Alto||5||Joe Simitian|
|94306||Palo Alto||5||Joe Simitian|
|95030||Monte Sereno||1||Mike Wasserman|
|95030||Los Gatos||1||Mike Wasserman|
|95032||Los Gatos||1||Mike Wasserman|
|95033||Los Gatos||1||Mike Wasserman|
|95037||Morgan Hill||1||Mike Wasserman|
|95046||San Martin||1||Mike Wasserman|
|95050||Santa Clara||4||Ken Yeager|
|95054||Santa Clara||4||Ken Yeager|
|95056||Santa Clara||4||Ken Yeager|
|95110||San Jose||3||Dave Cortese|
|95111||San Jose||2||Cindy Chavez|
|95112||San Jose||2||Cindy Chavez|
|95113||San Jose||2||Cindy Chavez|
|95116||San Jose||2||Cindy Chavez|
|95117||San Jose||4||Ken Yeager|
|95118||San Jose||1||Mike Wasserman|
|95119||San Jose||1||Mike Wasserman|
|95120||San Jose||1||Mike Wasserman|
|95121||San Jose||2||Cindy Chavez|
|95122||San Jose||2||Cindy Chavez|
|95123||San Jose||1||Mike Wasserman|
|95124||San Jose||4||Ken Yeager|
|95125||San Jose||4||Ken Yeager|
|95126||San Jose||4||Ken Yeager|
|95127||San Jose||3||Dave Cortese|
|95128||San Jose||4||Ken Yeager|
|95129||San Jose||5||Joe Simitian|
|95130||San Jose||5||Joe Simitian|
|95131||San Jose||3||Dave Cortese|
|95132||San Jose||3||Dave Cortese|
|95133||San Jose||2||Cindy Chavez|
|95134||San Jose||3||Dave Cortese|
|95135||San Jose||3||Dave Cortese|
|95136||San Jose||2||Cindy Chavez|
|95138||San Jose||1||Mike Wasserman|
|95139||San Jose||1||Mike Wasserman|
|95148||San Jose||3||Dave Cortese|
During the end of 2015 all donations to the Conservancy were being matched by some generous citizens up to a maximum of $20,000. Thanks to the community donations during December exceeded $20,000, so the Conservancy has received the benefit of the maximum pledged amount. Thank you!
New: MidPen’s New Concept for the Tower
The MidPeninsula Regional Open Space District has unveiled their plan for the Tower if the Conservancy doesn’t raise funds to preserve it. They published a concept image of the Tower with the upper 4 stories removed and the remaining parts used as a pergola … a shade structure.
The Conservancy believes that treating an historic building in this manner is inappropriate. These plans make it clear why we must preserve the Tower! Together we can preserve our local historic landmark…ALL of it!
Come learn about the history of this fascinating site, see actual artifacts, and enjoy a slide show of amazing historic photos of the radar station when it was in operation between 1958 and 1980. Presented by Basim Jaber (Historian/Archivist and founder of the USAF 682nd Radar Squadron Veterans Association, and member of the Umunhum Conservancy Board).
For presentation dates and registration information, click here!
Support from Local Leaders
Numerous local political figures and other community leaders support preserving the Radar Tower atop Mt. Umunhum. Check out the list, and thank them for their support!
Thanks to our friends at KMVT, here is an interesting interview with Conservancy Director Basim Jaber about the history of Mt. Umunhum and the Conservancy!