A Panel on the Culture & Ecology of Juristac
San Jose State University Environmental Studies faculty will host to a panel discussion about Juristac, an ecologically-sensitive ancient ceremonial site located South of Gilroy. The discussion will focus on why the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, environmental groups, and concerned citizens want to protect the land and oppose granting a permit for the proposed Sargent Quarry, which would cover 317 acres and remove 40 million tons of sand and gravel.
The discussion’s panel will include: Valentin Lopez, Chair of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band; Alice Kaufman Legislative Advocacy Director for the Committee for Green Foothills, and conservation ecologist Dr. Stuart Weiss, Ph.D., Chief Scientist for Creekside Science. The panel will discuss Juristac’s cultural and spiritual significance, conservation and open space values, and the relatively pristine ecology of this critical wildlife corridor and watershed.