By Walter Moore,
President

Located on the southern end of the San Jose City limits, Coyote Valley connects over 1.13 million acres of open space in the Diablo and Santa Cruz mountain ranges.

If properly conserved, this landscape will provide multiple benefits—rare wildlife habitats for hundreds of species, an 1,000+ acre historic wetland complex, a secure source of drinking water, natural flood protection, agricultural lands and future opportunities for recreation.

On June 15 a significant report was published by the Santa Clara Open Space Authority (OSA), which included conclusive evidence for protecting and restoring one of the last remaining undeveloped valley floors in the Bay Area—the 7,000+ acre Coyote Valley.

This map showcases the core habitat areas (in green) that the Coyote Valley connects, according to the Bay Area Critical Linkages report.

We believe that the Coyote Valley is a critical, last chance opportunity to protect the long-term health and resilience of our region by connecting over 450,000 acres of protected lands on both sides of the Valley. Paul Rogers of the San Jose Mercury News covered the OSA’s vision for Coyote Valley in this great piece as did CBS Bay Area.

In conjunction with the Report, I am pleased to announce that POST has acquired a 30-acre property in Coyote Valley that we are calling Fisher Flats. Situated just west of the Monterey Highway and next to Fisher Creek, this crucial acquisition is the first step in protecting what could be the most functional and viable passage for wildlife to move freely between the Diablo and Santa Cruz Mountain ranges in the face of climate change.

This is the view looking east across Coyote Valley.

Conservation is no longer tangential to having a thriving economy and a thriving population. It is integral. Envisioning the Coyote Valley as a vital piece of an ecological puzzle reflects a new era of 21st-century climate-smart land use. The time is now. Fisher Flats represents the future of our work and focuses on properties that provide the critical connectivity we need to ensure a viable and resilient landscape that will thrive for the century to come.

I look forward to sharing more stories of this remarkable place in the months and years ahead.

                           

Click here to learn more about our acquisition of 30-acre Fisher Flats.

  • Andy Benkert

    This is great news! Are there plans to provide safe passage corridors for wildlife to get from east of Hwy 101 to the west side?

    • Hi Andy! Yes, part of the work we are doing now is to better understand how wildlife are moving across this landscape. Some of that is included in the Landscape Linkage Report that the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA) just release (link below). But there’s still more work to be done and we will continue to tell that story as it unfolds. So stay tuned and thanks for your interest. Here’s the link to the report from OSA: http://www.openspaceauthority.org/preservation/wildlifelinkage.html

  • Strandwolf

    Isn’t this the region that Intel once proposed a giant business campus?

    • Yes, that’s correct. And IBM still owns a considerable portion of the Valley and has a small campus there. However, it’s not a part of the critical wildlife linkage recently identified and, to our knowledge, they have no plans to expand. Let us know if you have other questions.

      • Strandwolf

        Thanks for the information. I recall being irked when hearing that the owner of Fry’s Electronics built a personal golf course around there without getting permitting, IIRC.

  • Brian

    Thank you for working to save this last remnant of our valley floor-with value as a wildlife corridor, habitat for wintering birds, a rare and significant wetland,(Laguna Seca), crucial area for groundwater purity and flood control, a last chance for local agriculture, and as a recreational resource for the largest city in the Bay Area. Good fortune in your future efforts!

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Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 75,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.

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