Conservation Priorities

The Open Space Authority envisions the Santa Clara Valley and its surrounding hillsides as a beautiful place where a vibrant network of interconnected open spaces, trails, wildlife habitats, and thriving agricultural lands enrich the region’s cities and make it an exceptional and healthy place to live, work, learn, and play.

The Authority follows these initiatives and priorities for conservation:

  1. Santa Clara Valley Greenprint, a 30-year roadmap to guide the Authority’s efforts to conserve our region’s water, wildlife, and working lands and provide outstanding recreational opportunities in rural and urban settings.
  2. The Top 10 Priority Conservation Areas are lands determined to have the best opportunities for protection and connected landscapes.
  3. Coyote Valley Landscape Linkage Report, identifying the necessary elements for protecting and restoring a borad and resilient landscape; one that can sustain biodiversity and facilitate wildlife movement in a changing climate.
  4. Healthy Lands & Healthy Economies Initiative, a multi-county effort launched to increase the pace and scale of conservation, secure new sources of funding, and enroll new allies for open space conservation and stewardship.