Vince saw the rapid development along the Santa Clara Valley result in the loss of farmland and open space, and wanted to ensure the preservation of the trails and bridle paths for the public to enjoy, and for the land to continue to have the option of being useful for farming if need be. He went on to serve as a Board member and Board President of the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), as a member of the Santa Clara County Agricultural Advisory Committee, represented the County’s agricultural interests during the formation of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, and served on the Black Mountain Resource Conservation District (now known as the Loma Prieta Resource Conservation District). In 1980, the Garrod Family, led by Vince Garrod, transferred 120 acres of their 240 acres to the District as an addition to Fremont Older Open Space Preserve – including Maisie’s Peak, named for Maisie Garrod. In 1999, the Garrod family worked with the District and POST to sell below market a 40-acre forested property as an addition to Long Ridge Open Space Preserve. He also assisted the District with the purchase of the 57-acre Beatty property in 2008 at Alma Bridge Road as an addition to Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve. Jan Garrod, Vince’s son, also served on the board of POST for many years, and Andrew Bosworth, Vince’s grandson, currently serves on the POST board of directors.