Subject: Open Space Outlook April 2017


April 2017

Celebrate the Earth
Earth Day spurs action all over the world. People gather for beach and river cleanups, tree plantings, and guided hikes. School children pick up trash, and seminars and demonstrations educate people about threats to wildlife, water and air quality, and climate change.
Locally, environmentally conscious communities do their part year-round by exceeding water conservation targets, protecting native species, and working toward a sustainable future. Our open spaces, waterways, native plants, and local wildlife depend on all of us to take action and no activity is too small. Celebrate Earth Day, April 22, by making a difference in your community at an activity organized by Authority partners:
April 15, San Jose
The Coyote Creek Cleanup is an all-ages event. Volunteers will pull trash from the banks of the creek. Visit
April 22, San Jose
The Great American Litter Pick-Up is celebrated with neighborhood and park cleanups across the city. Each of the 10 council districts chooses areas to work on as a community. Check with your council representative for more details.
April 22, Campbell
The Great Diaper Cloth Change draws attention to the billions of disposable diapers tossed in landfills each year and also attempts to break a world record for most cloth diapers changed at one time. Visit
April 22, Gilroy
A 5K Fun Run encourages outdoor activity and the recycle, reuse, reduce, repurpose mantra. Participants can walk, run, or hop to the finish line to receive medals made from recyclables. Go to for more info.
April 29, Watsonville
Summit for the Planet is a walk-a-thon, learning expo, and eco-carnival aimed at engaging all ages. Learn about what’s new in sustainability. Visit

Or stop by our booth at one of the following Earth Day celebrations:

April 20, San Jose State University Earth Day
10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

April 22, Cupertino Earth Day

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Open Space Protection Expands Opportunities for Outdoor Recreation, Agriculture, and Wildlife Habitat in South County
El Toro Peak

Scaling the Mountain
A long-held vision for land conservation and easily accessible recreation came closer to fruition with the Open Space Authority’s purchase of a 6.63-acre property at the base of the iconic El Toro Peak in Morgan Hill. The City of Morgan Hill contributed half of the funds for the purchase.

Since 2009, the Authority and the City of Morgan Hill have worked closely to prepare for opportunities that move us forward in impl
ementing the Santa Clara Valley Greenprint and the City’s plan for a public trail that will connect more people with nature and showcase the sweeping views of the mountain. Additional possibilities include a trail winding up the hill through beautiful oaks and grassland, ultimately reaching El Toro Peak.
Pajaro River Agricultural Preserve almost entirely under water during 1955 flood.

Pajaro River Agricultural Preserve
With grant funding from the Pajaro River Watershed Flood Prevention Authority, the Authority purchased 100.6 acres of productive farmland near the Upper Pajaro River. The property lies within the Soap Lake Floodplain, one of ten critical conservation focus areas identified in the Santa Clara Valley Greenprint. Its permanent protection as open space will allow improvement for downstream flood protection.
The Authority foresees restoring portions of the property along the Pajaro River to enhance habitat for nesting birds, improve water quality, and improve the habitat linkage along Llagas Creek and the Upper Pajaro between the Santa Cruz Mountains and Diablo Range. The Authority intends to keep the land in active farm production by leasing to a farmer.
Coyote Highlands-Coyote Canyon

Coyote Highlands-Coyote Canyon
The magnificent 2,743-acre Coyote Highlands-Coyote Canyon property is located due east of the City of Morgan Hill along the Diablo Range and connects to Anderson Lake County Park in the north, Henry Coe State Park in the east, and Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear County Park in the south. This key property links nearly 105,000 acres of public lands into a contiguous network from north of the Santa Clara County line to Pinnacles National Park in San Benito County.
In early 2016, Santa Clara County Parks purchased the Coyote Highlands-Coyote Canyon property for $25.16 million, with a contribution of $500,000 in Measure Q funds from the Open Space Authority. The Authority also secured a $2 million grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to help fund the purchase. As part of the contribution, the Authority secured a conservation easement over the property to further ensure its protection.
Coyote Valley - Water and Wildlife on OpenRoad with Doug McConnell
Tune in on April 30th to catch Coyote Valley's Water and Wildlife on NBC Bay Area's OpenRoad with Doug McConnell. We talk with wildlife experts at Pathways for Wildlife and the Santa Clara Valley Water District about Coyote Valley's precious resources.

Sunday, April 30, 2017
6:30 p.m.
NBC Bay Area

Who Am I?
If you look among coyote brush, manzanita, and other chaparral plants, you might spot my pale orange blossoms in the spring. I have thin, shiny green leaves and can reach 3-4 feet high. My leaves excrete a gummy resin, which is thought to provide protection from hungry caterpillars.
Starry Nights
Join astronomers from the San Jose Astronomical Association for a peaceful and cool evening out under the stars. They bring the telescopes!

Saturday, April 15, 2017
8:45 to 10:45 p.m.
Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve

Anza Expedition Hike
Join us for a hike along the Arrowhead trail, now an interpretive site for the National Parks Historic Anza Trail system. Be guided by enthusiastic docents who love the history of this amazing expedition and see the route from a new perspective. This is a beautiful trail and when combined with the history of the area, it's unforgettable.

Saturday, April 29, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve

Who Am I? Answer
I’m known as the sticky monkey plant — if you look closely at a flower, you might spot its “face.” My blossoms attract hummingbirds, bees, and other insects. After insects gather pollen, the flower closes, in an effort to prevent self-pollination and ensure my offspring are as healthy as possible. I’m found from southern Oregon, throughout California’s coast range, and the Sierra foothills. Native Americans found all sorts of uses for me — including as a poultice for sores, to treat fever and as wreaths and hair decorations. Want to take a look for yourself? Head over to Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve, where you should be able to spot me.
Photo Credits

WERC - Cassie Kifer
El Toro - OSA Archive
Upper Pajaro - OSA Archive
Coyote Highlands-Coyote Canyon - Derek Neumann
Sticky Monkey Flower- ccStephen Kruso
Stars - Robert Clark
Turtle - OSA Archive
Coyote Valley - Derek Neumann
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