The Sargent Ranch property (known as Juristac to the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band) is a 6,500-acre area of nearly-pristine open space in the hillsides at the very southern end of Santa Clara County, just south of Gilroy. It is a critical wildlife connectivity area between the Santa Cruz Mountains, the Gabilan Range to the south, and the Diablo Range to the east. Sargent Ranch’s vast expanse — over 10 square miles — encompasses grassy hillsides, sycamore riparian woodlands, serpentine habitat, freshwater wetlands, and unique natural tar seeps. Tar Spring Creek and Pescadero Creek, which run through the Sargent Ranch property, contain endangered steelhead trout habitat as well as threatened California red-legged frog and California tiger salamander. Juristac is considered a sacred site by the Amah Mutsun tribal band, whose ancestors lived and held ceremonies here for thousands of years..
There have been various proposals to develop this property over the years, all of which Committee for Green Foothills has opposed. The current proposal is for a sand and gravel quarry on about 300 acres of the site that would create three 200-foot-deep open quarry pits and would remove about 40 million tons of sand and gravel, turning what are now hillside grasslands into cavities in the landscape.
A coalition of conservation groups has made an offer to purchase the 6,500 acres, but thus far the landowner seems to be set on pursuing their attempt to get permits for the quarry.
We are committed to ensuring that all of this unique and critical site is protected.
For more Information or to Get Involved: please contact our Legislative Advocacy Director Alice Kaufman at: [email protected]
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For more information on the cultural significance of this site to the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, please check out the Protect Juristac website.
For more information on our past work to protect Sargent Ranch, please see our History of Protecting Sargent Ranch.