We celebrated an important victory for Coyote Valley in 2017 when we stopped a giant warehouse and distribution center from being built and permanently protected a 30-acre site in North Coyote Valley.
The 30-acre site is next to Fisher Creek, a major wildlife corridor. If built, the warehouse would have set the stage for North Coyote Valley to quickly become the site of thousands of semi-trucks coming and going with the lights, noise, pollution, and activity that industrial development brings. Concrete would have covered this incredible landscape, taking with it all of the real ecosystem services Coyote Valley provides for us everyday. The approval of this project would have made it next to impossible to stop sprawl from taking hold in Coyote Valley. Adomino effect might have resulted in the loss of Coyote Valley forever.
After months of making calls, strategizing with other community groups, meeting with city councilmembers, and working with community leaders to rally opposition to the proposal, we helped achieve an important win for this precious piece of open space.
In June 2017 we celebrated the end to this proposal when the property was purchased by the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST). It was the incredible surge of opposition to this project that convinced the developer to sell the property for conservation. This property, now called “Fisher Flats,” will be managed for conservation and wildlife habitat.
It is vital that Coyote Valley be permanently protected from further development. Wildlife need it for migration and habitat, and we need it too. Coyote Valley is home to some of our region’s last remaining farmland, providing healthy food for our communities. In addition to its importance for wildlife habitat and migration, it plays a vital role in recharging the water table, and protecting against climate change, flooding, and unnecessary sprawl.
While we celebrate this win, we know that a new proposal could come forward any day in North Coyote Valley’s 1,400 acre wildlife corridor.
At Committee for Green Foothills we are continuing to do everything we can to protect Coyote Valley forever.