Coyote Valley

Nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range at the southern edge of San Jose, lies the stunning Coyote Valley. As our top conservation priority, it encompasses a unique combination of nature’s benefits such as floodplains, local water supply, wildlife connectivity, agriculture, recreation, and more.

Coyote Valley offers a rare opportunity to connect over one million acres of core habitat in the surrounding mountains, creating a Landscape Linkage allowing species to disperse, migrate, and shift ranges in response to climate change. With California’s prolonged droughts and more frequent flooding and wildfires, protecting and restoring Coyote Valley's natural benefits is the smartest long-term investment we can make together for the health and sustainability of our region, especially in the face of a changing climate.

 

UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP to PROTECT the North COYOTE VALLEY

The Authority, through an innovative partnership with Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) and the City of San Jose, has protected 937 acres of open space in North Coyote Valley. As identified in the Coyote Valley Landscape Linkage vision, protection of the North Coyote Valley is a key link in connecting wildlife habitats, providing opportunities to restore natural floodplains and improve water quality, and helping to build a climate resilient future for the residents of the 10th largest city in the nation.

Recognizing the importance of protecting nature for the benefits it provides our communities, this landmark transaction looks to pull together funding from the Authority’s Measure Q, San Jose’s Measure T, and POST, with support from multiple local and state agencies to take the first step towards a re-imagined and greener future for Coyote Valley and put an end to sprawl in the Santa Clara Valley.

Coyote Valley Map

A Vision in the Making

When the Authority released the Coyote Valley Landscape Linkage, it established a vision to protect and restore Coyote Valley as natural infrastructure, benefiting our human and natural communities. To implement this vision, the North Coyote Valley was deemed as an essential element for its vital environmental, social, and economic benefits.

North Coyote Valley is where the two mountain ranges are closest and also contains the largest remaining undeveloped floodplain within San Jose, providing essential flood risk reduction, clean water supply, and water quality benefits.

Protection of these lands unlocks the potential to expand outdoor public recreation and create a world class nature preserve for Santa Clara Valley residents and visitors alike. This landscape also provides the potential to support local farmers and ranchers. Coyote Valley offers unparalleled opportunities to create a 21st century greenbelt in close proximity to urban San Jose, and delivers a host of ecological, economic, and quality of life benefits - now and for future generations.

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NATURE AS INFRASTRUCTURE

Just as we invest in man-made infrastructure, like transportation and waste and water treatment, strategic investments in natural infrastructure, which recognizes and protects the valuable benefits or “services” that nature provides, can benefit our urban communities through:



Coyote Valley: A Case for Conservation

Our Approach

The Authority's work in Coyote Valley serves as an exemplary model across the state and nation on how strategic investments in natural infrastructure, smart land use policies, and practical urban design can help us build resilience and adapt to climate change.

This work builds on our extensive research in Coyote Valley, identifying a Landscape Linkage vision through wildlife studies, the importance of our water resources, and the need to support our local agriculture. This research informs our work now and into the future.

The Authority will lead a public planning process to define the future of the North Coyote Valley and open it to the public. The plan will inform how to restore these lands to enhance the natural benefits it provides.

How You Can Get Involved

As our work begins, we want you to help be a part of the vision process for Coyote Valley. This will be a multi-year journey and we ask for your patience and involvement along the way. In order to stay up to date on our progress, we encourage you to get involved:
  1. Be one of the first to attend docent-led events on these properties by receiving our Event Calendar
  2. Get your hands dirty and Volunteer to help us manage, steward, and restore these open spaces
  3. Lend your voice to the visioning process by signing up for the Management Plan Interest List
  4. Get the latest news on our work in Coyote Valley by signing up for the Open Space Outlook Newsletter