In the San Martin region of Santa Clara County sits Frantoio Grove, a family-owned and operated specialty olive oil company that just turned 15 years old. The 30-acre grove is part of a roughly 97-acre property that will soon be permanently protected for agriculture through an Agricultural Conservation Easement (ACE) recently approved by the Open Space Authority’s Board of Directors. The land, initially anticipated to become a subdivision development, will now remain productive farmland and protected from development.
On October 6th, the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority, and the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) announced the purchase of 1,861-acre Tilton Ranch, one of the county’s largest remaining working ranches. This significant land conservation deal dramatically expands the network of protected lands in the greater Coyote Valley benefitting people and wildlife alike.
Open Space Authority and Peninsula Open Space Trust Complete Purchase of 235 Acres in North Coyote Valley
$16 Million Acquisition Finalizes Protection of 937 Acres with Support from California’s Wildlife Conservation Board and State Coastal Conservancy
Community Planning Process Launches Today with Online Questionnaire
SAN JOSÉ, Calif. (August 3, 2020) – Today, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (the Authority) and Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) announced the completed purchase of a 235-acre parcel in the North Coyote Valley Conservation Area.
In a time where appreciating and protecting our working lands is more important than ever, the Open Space Authority (Authority) is honored to announce that the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Authority that facilitates a one-time allocation of $4.9M for the purchase of agricultural conservation easements in the Coyote Valley and San Martin areas. The MOU builds on a strong partnership between the County and Authority in developing the Santa Clara Valley Agricultural Plan (Ag Plan).
As part of its core mission, the Open Space Authority works to protect not only natural areas, but also our region’s incredible agricultural lands and their heritage. The Authority is committed to partnering with the Santa Clara Valley agricultural community to conserve and steward these invaluable working lands and their many essential benefits, so that they can support all of us.
How to Save Small Farms in Silicon Valley: Findings from the Santa Clara County Food System Alliance
A new report by the Santa Clara County Food System Alliance is making the case that farming is both economically feasible and a crucial part of our community and economy.
What do you get when you bring two buses of enthusiastic elementary school students to an Open Space Authority agricultural property? Environmental restoration on an epic scale!
It’s a wonderful day for open space: three Open Space Authority projects have been awarded a total of $1,779,394 through the Priority Conservation Area (PCA) Grant Program!
As the new year lies ahead of us, we’ve been thinking about ways we can make positive changes for ourselves and our natural environment this year.
From last month’s youth-led Global Climate Strike, to the sobering new UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports, the issue of climate change has been a steady presence in the news and at the top of mind for many of us recently. Climate change is increasing the frequency, severity, and unpredictability of storms, flooding, drought, and wildfire. As we have seen, the recurring economic and social costs of responding to these disasters are immense. This renewed attention couldn’t come soon enough as climate experts warn that time is running out to take action.
- Frantoio Grove Agricultural Conservation Easement
- Nature’s Recovery and Resilience
- Connecting Communities and Mental Health to Nature
- Acquisition of Tilton Ranch Complex Expands Greater Coyote Valley Vision
- Open Space Authority Funds New Projects to Connect Communities to Nature
- Urban Grant Program Awards over $200,000 in Measure Q Funds
- Understanding our Community and Improving Access to Open Space
- Inspiring Conservation: General Manager Andrea Mackenzie Named One of 2020’s “Women of Influence”
- Community Connections - Ada Márquez
- Better Access for All: Coyote Valley Trail Improvements