Coyote Valley is a regional treasure

A last chance opportunity

Located at the southern end of San Jose to the north of Morgan Hill, Coyote Valley is one of the last remaining undeveloped valley floors in the Bay Area. It provides an essential wildlife linkage between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range, rare freshwater wetlands that protect groundwater and buffer against flooding, farms that grow local produce, and open space for all of us to enjoy.

A new vision for Coyote Valley

Coyote Valley has been threatened by development for decades. Although we’ve made great progress recently in protecting this last chance landscape, development threats still exist. We need to continue working to protect Coyote Valley’s fragile wildlife linkages, restore the historic floodplains, and support regenerative agricultural practices that increase our region’s climate resilience.


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Coyote Valley: Unique and irreplaceable


Species of birds

An inclusive wildlife corridor for the region.

Bobcats, coyotes, and other wildlife depend on the valley floor for habitat and migration passage. Many birds such as burrowing owls and the endangered tri-colored blackbirds live in the grasslands, wetlands, and fields.


Acres of wetlands

A secure source of drinking water and natural flood protection.

Protecting and restoring Coyote Valley reduces the risk of natural disasters by capturing and storing floodwaters like those that devastated San Jose in 2017.


Acres farmland in production

A proud heritage of local agriculture.

Farmland here is a source of locally-grown food and absorbs carbon from the atmosphere. It is a counterweight to urban sprawl, which exacerbates traffic congestion and reduces air and water quality.


Organizational leadership and support

Protect Coyote Valley is led by Green Foothills and supported by Greenbelt Alliance, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, the Land Trust of Santa Clara ValleyMothers Out Front, Green Party of Santa Clara County, San Jose Parks Foundation, Silicon Valley Youth Climate Strike, and the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe.

Collectively these organizations represent their 100,000 members and supporters in Santa Clara County.


Committee for Green Foothills