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Justin Wang

Justin Wang

Protect Coyote Valley: Build In Urban Areas

Coyote Valley is 7,400 acres of lush farmland and vast open space that provides an awe-inspiring landscape to explore. It is a crucial water resource for Silicon Valley. Its flood plain protects San Jose. It is home to wildlife, including endangered species. Coyote Valley is critical to the ecosystem of the entire South Bay. For decades, Greenbelt Alliance and our partners have protected Coyote Valley from inappropriate development—from technology campuses to sprawling subdivisions. We need your help to stop sprawl proposals that continue to threaten Coyote Valley.

The good news is that on October 29, 2020, the vast majority of the San Jose General Plan Task Force voted to protect Coyote Valley—preserving it as open space for wildlife and limited agricultural use. With the Task Force recommendation, the issue and final decision will now go before the City Council this coming fall, where we will continue to advocate and work towards a more climate-smart, resilient, and equitable San Jose and beyond.

So now we need you to stand with us, and make it known to the City Council that we want a climate-smart San Jose! We want growth in the right places—away from the vital open space lands of Coyote Valley and within city limits near jobs and services.

We must protect Coyote Valley from sprawl development because:

  • It provides natural resources we depend on, especially as we combat climate change.
  • It provides critical habitat to some of the Bay Area’s most precious species.
  • Coyote Valley is the largest undeveloped portion of Silicon Valley’s groundwater aquifer. 
  • The valley’s wetlands and riparian areas act as natural water treatment plants that improve groundwater quality.
  • Coyote Valley has over 2,500 acres of floodplain, providing flood protection to residents of south San Jose. 
  • Nearly 1 million people in San Jose and 2 million people in Santa Clara County benefit from the farming Coyote Valley provides.
  • Coyote Valley is home to wildlife like badgers and mountain lions who rely on this open space to safely cross from the Santa Cruz Mountain Range to Mount Hamilton/Diablo Range. 
  • Coyote Ridge as part of Coyote Valley features some of the best wildflower displays in California on its serpentine soil.
  • The Endangered Species Act-listed Bay Checkerspot Butterfly thrives in the Coyote Ridge of the valley.
  • Threatened Steelhead Trout still migrate up through Coyote Valley’s Coyote Creek. 

With just a few clicks below, you can send an email to the San Jose City Council to show your support for the protection of Coyote Valley. Act now!

What’s At Stake in Coyote Valley?

More Resources

Get our signature report, At Risk: The Bay Area Greenbelt, for more information about places across the Bay Area in danger of being lost to sprawl development.

For questions or more information about our work in Coyote Valley or the South Bay, feel free to reach out to our Advocacy Manager, Justin Wang.

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