The Open Space Authority is the first agency in California to sponsor and develop a Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (RCIS), as part of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's RCIS Program. Enabled by the passage of a new State law (AB 2087) in 2016, the Santa Clara County Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (SCCRCIS) will provide a new planning and implementation mechanism for voluntary conservation and enhancement actions within the Authority’s jurisdiction, including Coyote Valley—to protect focal species and their sensitive habitats using Mitigation Credit Agreements (MCAs).
*The Habitat Plan is a 50-year regional plan to protect endangered species and natural resources while allowing for future development in Santa Clara County.
Developed with input from conservation and transportation agencies and organizations, the SCCRCIS, once complete, will be available for use to inform voluntary conservation and enhancement actions for focal species, sensitive habitats, other conservation elements, including habitat connectivity and working landscapes. As the sponsor, the Authority will track work to conduct conservation actions identified in the SCCRCIS, including the development of priority conservation areas.