Protect Coyote Valley is a collaborative effort led by Committee for Green Foothills and supported by Greenbelt Alliance, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Education), and the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Please pledge your support to Protect Coyote Valley today.
Nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range, Coyote Valley spans over 7,400 acres. It is the stretch of flat land south of urban San Jose and north of Morgan Hill. This mostly-undeveloped area is a critical wildlife corridor, a valuable groundwater resource, a source of locally-grown food, and a great place for families to go hiking and biking.
For planning purposes, Coyote Valley is divided into three parts: North, Mid and South. North Coyote Valley (1,400 acres) is within San Jose city limits and has been designated by San Jose for future industrial development since the 1980’s; however, due to a combination of community opposition and economic conditions, North Coyote Valley has remained mostly undeveloped farmland. Mid Coyote Valley (about 2,000 acres), although outside of current city limits, is within San Jose’s Urban Growth Boundary and could in future be annexed by the city. However, San Jose’s General Plan puts such a move off the table until 2040. South Coyote Valley is outside of San Jose’s sphere of influence and is under the jurisdiction of Santa Clara County.
Ironically, it is North Coyote Valley — the portion of the valley designated for industrial development — that is the most undeveloped and that is the most critical for wildlife connectivity.
Because North Coyote Valley is the only portion of the valley that is under immediate threat, our advocacy efforts have been concentrated here. Many development proposals have been submitted over the past decades, and each time the public and the environmental community have defeated those proposals. (See “History of Protecting Coyote Valley” and “Permanent Protection of Panattoni Site in Coyote Valley” for more information.) Together with our allies, we will continue to fight to protect this irreplaceable landscape.
Here’s why Coyote Valley is so important:
Water. Much of our drinking water comes from underground aquifers, which are replenished when rainwater soaks into the soil. Coyote Valley is one of the few places in the county where this groundwater recharge can occur. This means that paving over Coyote Valley’s fields and open space would not only reduce our ability to replenish our groundwater, but would also increase the amount of pollutants going into the groundwater. The open space of Coyote Valley also absorbs rainwater that would otherwise flow into Coyote Creek and increase the risk of flooding in San Jose neighborhoods.
Wildlife. Because it is relatively undeveloped and the closest meeting point between the Santa Cruz Mountains to the west and the Diablo Range to the east, Coyote Valley forms a crucial wildlife corridor for many animals. Mountain lions, bobcats, badgers, gray foxes, and (of course) coyotes all use Coyote Valley to travel along this east-west landscape linkage. Although many are killed attempting to cross Monterey Road or Highway 101, many more make it across to find new habitat, food, and mates. In fact, Coyote Valley is not just a migration route — it provides live-in habitat for all of these animals plus many more, including several rare bird species such as tri-colored blackbird and Swainson’s hawk.
Local Food. Coyote Valley could serve as a crucial source of fresh produce. Currently, much of the valley is under cultivation for various crops, and this amount could increase. In addition to the invaluable ecosystem services the Valley provides, its 7,400 acres of agricultural land could eventually generate $50 million per year and benefit San Jose by providing access to fresh, sustainable produce.
Our Goal: is the permanent protection of Coyote Valley’s environmental resources.
For More Information or to Get Involved: contact our Legislative Advocacy Director Alice Kaufman at [email protected]
The Latest News:
- Join Us in Speaking Up for Coyote Valley (3/21/17)
- Packed Meeting & CEQA Process Launched (10/21/16)
- Coyote Valley Under Threat (Summer 2016 Green Footnotes)
- Cover Story on Sprawl in S. County (2/12/16)
- Update on Coyote Valley Distribution Center (2/10/16)
- CGF letter to San Jose Planning staff (1/4/16)
To read about a recent victory to protect 30 acres in Coyote Valley, please see: Permanent Protection of Panattoni Site in Coyote Valley
For information on the history of development in Coyote Valley, please see our Coyote Valley History page.