Author: Brian Schmidt

Lehigh Quarry photo
Post

Taking Action to Acquire, Protect, and Restore Lehigh Quarry

For the past century, Lehigh Quarry has been the site of a limestone mining operation and cement plant that has ravaged more than 800 acres of land in the hills outside Cupertino, and indirectly damaged much more land near Rancho San Antonio Park. Now Santa Clara County has a chance to acquire, protect, and restore...

Lehigh Quarry Photo
Post

Ask Supervisors to Support Steps to Close Lehigh Quarry

On Tuesday, February 15, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will decide if staff should investigate options for purchasing Lehigh Quarry and cement plant, potentially ending decades of air and water pollution. The ravaged moonscape of the quarry could finally begin habitat restoration to the benefit of all. Please ask the Supervisors to support...

Photo of Pat next to creek
Post

People Who Give Us Hope: Pat Toombs

Community activists exemplify the saying, “think global, act local.” Pat Toombs, a resident of rural Santa Clara County, embodies this maxim. Her work demonstrates how Green Foothills’ partnerships with local communities stop sprawl development and protect crucial habitat. Pat and her husband Larry live west of Gilroy along Uvas Creek, in an area where farmlands...

Coyote Valley landscape
Post

County’s Historic Coyote Valley Vote Matches San Jose’s

On December 14, Santa Clara County Supervisors voted unanimously to designate the part of Coyote Valley under its jurisdiction a Climate Resilience District. This new District will strengthen protections against monster estate development that is a significant cause of farmland loss in rural areas. This action matches and supports the decision by San Jose to...

Coyote Valley landscape
Post

Tell County Supervisors: Coyote Valley is for Farmers and Climate Resilience

On Tuesday, December 14, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will consider whether to designate Coyote Valley a Climate Resilience District. This new designation will ensure that farmland in Mid and South Coyote Valley will not be taken over by luxury villas and estate homes for Silicon Valley billionaires. Please email the Supervisors and...

Coyote Valley landscape
Post

Victory in San Jose for Coyote Valley! Now County Will Consider Climate Resilience District

We did it! Last night, the San Jose City Council unanimously voted to change the land use in North Coyote Valley from industrial to open space and agriculture, and to remove the Urban Reserve designation from Mid Coyote Valley. Now, our efforts move to Santa Clara County where the Planning Commission will consider the Coyote...

protest sign in San Benito County
Post

Helping to Address Crucial Environmental Issues in San Benito County

Over the years, Green Foothills has worked on a number of issues in counties adjacent to San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties that have cross-border effects. Our recent work in San Benito County has garnered us an invitation and funding to continue partnering with local organizations and the Amah Mutsun Tribe in fighting to protect...

Lehigh Quarry Photo
Post

County Votes To Share Protection of Lehigh Ridgeline Easement

Great news! On August 17, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the agreement to share with Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District the enforcement of the environmentally protective easement on Lehigh Quarry. Thank you for taking action – you helped make this happen! We look forward to better protection of the easement and...

Note

You are leaving the Green Foothills website to go to our Protect Coyote Valley website.

Continue on to PCV Website

Note

You are leaving the Green Foothills website to go to our Protect Coyote Valley website.

Continue on to PCV Petition

Note

You are leaving the Green Foothills website to go to the Protect Juristac website.

Continue on to Juristac Petition