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Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve

March wildflowers in Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve

Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve" is an 1,831-acre (7.41 km²) publicly owned park in southern Santa Clara County. It is currently undergoing restoration and infrastructure work and is scheduled to open to the public in 2018.[1]

EnvironmentEdit

Because of its rare serpentine soil, this grassland area is a critical habitat for the Bay checkerspot butterfly, the California tiger salamander, and the California red-legged frog, all of which are endangered. It also supports a wide variety of California native and endemic plants.[1][2]

AcquisitionEdit

Ins 2015 the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority acquired 1,831 acres (7.41 km²) in the area previously referred to by various names, including Coyote Ridge. The property is scheduled to open in 2018 as Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve.[1][2]

A variety of public and private sources made the acquisition possible after United Technologies Corporation (UTC) agreed to donate the property to the Open Space Authority. UTC receives a tax credit through the California Natural Heritage State Tax Credit Program. Under this program, the Open Space Authority must reimburse the state.[1][2]

The Authority received funding for the acquisition from a broad public and private partnership that

included a $2.7 million grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board, $2 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Section 6 land acquisition program to further Habitat Conservation Plans under the Endangered Species Act, $1 million from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, $1 million from the State Coastal Conservancy, $1 million from the Bureau of Reclamation Central Valley Project, $400,000 from the State Parks Recreational Trails Program, and a contributor who prefers to remain anonymous. The Open Space Authority contributed $7,500 toward the $8.6 million total, which is approximately 55% of the property’s fair market value of $15.6 million[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "The Future Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve". Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. 20 May 2016. Archived from the original on 4 June 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016. ...  the future Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve ..., with an opening tentatively scheduled for summer or fall of 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "Open Space Authority Acquires Coyote Ridge Property from United Technologies Corporation" (PDF). Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority. 21 October 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016.

Coordinates: 37°12′50″N 121°42′36″W / 37.214°N 121.71°W / 37.214; -121.71