Nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range, Coyote Valley is the vital connection between these two mountain ranges, allowing wildlife to migrate, find mates, and adapt to climate change.
Scientific studies have documented animal movement in the Coyote Valley. These species depend on Coyote Valley as a linkage to live in and move between mountain ranges, in order to maintain genetic diversity and overall ecological health, especially in the face of a changing climate.
Water resources also play a vital role in Coyote Valley, as storm waters spread in the open spaces, reducing the peak flows in Coyote Creek downstream. These waters also replenish groundwater into a basin that supplies more than half of Santa Clara Valley’s drinking water.
Protection and restoration of Coyote Valley will benefit a wide variety of wildlife including:
The incredibly rich biodiversity of our region depends on protection and restoration of Coyote Valley's linkage before this opportunity is lost. To establish a clear vision of a functional land connection for wildlife and protected water resources, the Authority assembled a team of scientists, hydrologists, and conservation planners to design a landscape linkage for Coyote Valley.
We welcome review and feedback of the public draft of this document. Feedback can be submitted via email until August 31, 2017.
DRAFT Coyote Valley Landscape Linkage Report
Coyote Valley Landscape Linkage Brochure
The linkage report identifies the necessary essential elements for protecting and restoring a broad and resilient landscape linkage; one that can sustain biodiversity and facilitate wildlife movement in a changing climate.