Local Second Graders Restore Riparian Habitat

They dug holes, they hammered stakes into coconut fiber mats, and they planted a whole lot of native plants - 159, to be exact - all to help restore essential creekside habitat the Fisher’s Bend riparian area. Pretty impressive work for three groups of second graders!

Read More May 03, 2022

Staff Spotlight - Meet Teri

Teri Rogoway just reached her fifteenth year at the Authority but getting here was never a straight path. How did she end up here? Well, “It all started with a rattlesnake.”

Read More May 03, 2022

How the Open Space Authority Reduces Fire Risk

While we’re less than a quarter of the way into 2022, Santa Clara Valley temperatures are already exceeding 90 degrees and rainfall for the season is roughly 50% less than normal. The reality is that fire seasons will continue to intensify as climate change progresses, and fires are burning hotter than ever before. Keep reading to learn how the Open Space Authority is proactively preparing as these trends continue so we can continue doing our part to mitigate wildfire risks for nearby communities.

Read More May 03, 2022

Eight Adorable Springtime Baby Animals

Spring is the season of new life! Below are eight of some of the most recognizable animals that will be forming a new generation in the next couple of months, and that you may be lucky enough to spot on the trail! Just remember to respect these critters and keep your distance.

Read More May 03, 2022

Alum Rock Park Turns 150

2022 marks the 150th anniversary of Alum Rock Park, one of the oldest municipal parks in California, which opened in 1872. Less than ten miles from downtown San José, Alum Rock Park is a landmark for the community. With Alum Rock Park connected to Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve, the Authority is proud to partner with the City of San José to continue its legacy of connecting the community to nature.

Read More May 03, 2022

Coyote Valley Restoration Project Recharging South Bay's Groundwater Amid CA's Drought

SANTA CLARA CO., Calif. (KGO) -- Flying over the sweeping green hills, Coyote Valley can seem a world away from the urban core of Santa Clara County. But when it comes to water, it's connected in ways that are becoming increasingly important in the face of drought and climate change.

By Spencer Christian and Tim Didion of ABC7.

View the full story here.

Read More April 27, 2022

An Earth Day Address

A message from Open Space Authority General Manager Andrea Mackenzie:

"To reconnect with nature is key if we want to save the planet."
-Jane Goodall

You don’t have to be a scientist to have noticed this year’s unseasonably warm, dry winter. As climate change progresses, we are experiencing shifting seasons, shorter and more severe periods of rainfall, longer droughts, extreme weather events, and record temperatures. The climate crisis is upon us, but there is much that can be done to address these threats, right here in our own backyard. I was pleased to see the 2022 theme of Earth Day, Invest in Our Planet, because one of the smartest investments we can make is the protection and stewardship of natural infrastructure.

Read More April 04, 2022

Spreckels Hill and Fisher Creek Restoration Projects

Across the state, safeguarding water resources is an essential and ongoing priority as California’s drought conditions continue. And as the Open Space Authority’s restoration work around Coyote Valley gets underway, there are two exciting new riparian and wetland restoration projects in the pipeline. In partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation, the Spreckels Wetland Cleanup and Enhancement Project, which began last year and the Fisher Creek Riparian Restoration, beginning in 2022.

Read More April 04, 2022

A Raptor You Should Recognize

We’ve all seen it – a show or movie or video featuring the majestic bald eagle and its patriotic cry. What may surprise you, however, is that the high-pitched vocalization used most in these clips is not from the bald eagle at all, but from the red-tailed hawk.

Read More April 04, 2022

10 Locally Sourced Foods to Buy this Spring

Once known as the Valley of Heart’s Delight, the Santa Clara Valley has a rich agricultural history. For years, the landscape was abundant with orchards, trees, shrubs, and flowering plants, and at one point was one of the largest fruit producing and packing regions in the world. Due to development, the county has lost well over 20,000 acres of farmland in the last thirty years. But that doesn’t mean the Valley of Heart’s Delight is a thing of the past!

Read More April 04, 2022
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