SOS – Save Our Skyline!

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 January 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: Please come help!

Please come tell the Santa Clara County Historical Heritage Commission that the Tower is historic and should be preserved!  Getting the Tower even limited historic status would open the doors to new funding sources. It’s an important step. Please come to the meeting and help!

Full details are here.

Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Location: Board of Supervisors Chambers

County Government Center

First Floor

70 W. Hedding Street

San Jose 95110


Matching Grants!

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 historic Tower reduced to 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!

New Dates!

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!

Interview!

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!