Juristac (Sargent Ranch)

Background

The Threat: A Destructive Sand Mine on Sacred Land and Habitat

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. Juristac is the most sacred site of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, who have held ceremonies there for thousands of years.

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 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.

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. Sign today.

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