On Wednesday, the Morgan Hill City Council unanimously passed a resolution calling for Juristac/Sargent Ranch to be permanently protected...
Juristac (Sargent Ranch)
The Threat: A Destructive Sand Mine
An open pit sand and gravel mine has been proposed for the property known as Juristac or Sargent Ranch — a nearly pristine landscape of rolling hillsides, sycamore riparian woodlands, serpentine grassland, freshwater wetlands, and unique natural tar seeps. The sand and gravel quarry would destroy over 300 acres of habitat, literally scooping out the hillsides to create 4 open quarry pits hundreds of feet deep. About 76,000 gallons of groundwater would be pumped each day for quarry operations, and the quarry would generate hundreds of truck trips per day.
A Critical Wildlife Corridor At Risk
Juristac is not just a beautiful landscape — it’s a critical wildlife corridor linking the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Diablo Range to the east and the Gabilan Range to the south. Together with Coyote Valley (25 miles to the north), it’s the only viable path for animals to migrate into and out of the Santa Cruz Mountains. In addition, Juristac is considered a sacred site by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, who held ceremonies here for thousands of years.
Protect Juristac: Take Action to Oppose the Project
Please join us in the fight to protect Juristac! We are partnering with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, which has launched a petition opposing the sand mine. Please sign today!
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On Wednesday, January 15, the Morgan Hill City Council will be voting on a resolution opposing a proposed sand mine...
Juristac, a critical wildlife corridor and sacred Native American landscape, is threatened by a proposed sand mining operation that would...