Protecting the Natural Communities of Santa Clara Valley
The Open Space Authority works to preserve local wildlife and restore habitat by removing invasive plant species, using conservation grazing techniques, restoring ponds, streams, and meadows, and monitoring the areas carefully. Protecting wildlife goes hand-in-hand with preservation of their diverse habitats.
Increasing urbanization led to the destruction of many natural habitats that once supported wildlife communities, threatening their livelihood and long-term survival. The Center for Biological Diversity estimates that species are dying off at thousands of times the natural rate due to habitat loss, invasive plants and animals, and climate change. Because of this, the Santa Clara County is a local example of a global crisis.
The construction of roads, housing, and other developments in the Santa Clara County has fragmented and destroyed much of the natural wildlife habitat, resulting in the threat to species such as the mountain lion, badger, California tiger salamander, and Bay checkerspot butterfly. It is important to protect local wildlife populations to ensure a healthy diversity of species for the long-term.
The Coyote Valley floor is an essential travel route for many wildlife species, ranging from small to large mammals. In 2016, the Coyote Valley Linkages Assessment Study confirmed this important linkage through computer modeling, peer-reviewed scientific studies, and use of wildlife cameras. This study recommends removal of barriers to better facilitate wildlife movement and improve wildlife corridors. In 2017, the Authority released the Coyote Valley Landscape Linkage, a report outlining the vision for a land linkage in Coyote Valley. For further information download the reports:
Coyote Valley Wildlife Linkages Assessment Study Report
Coyote Valley Landscape Linkage Report
Reducing Wildlife-Vehicle Collisions in Coyote Valley Report
The Open Space Authority works to keep our diverse ecosystems intact, protect the resident species, and preserve adequate population numbers in order to promote genetic diversity.