An area of land that is essential to the survival of any threatened or endangered species.
SVLC currently owns and manages 95 acres on Coyote Ridge as mitigation for the Bay checkerspot butterfly, the Santa Clara Valley dudleya and other threatened or endangered species. Coyote Ridge is the easterly ridge that parallels Hwy 101 between
San Jose and
Morgan Hill. It is one of the most diverse ecosystems in all of
California and contains over 400 species of native plants and wildflowers. Coyote Ridge was dedicated to SVLC as mitigation for power plants built by Silicon Valley Power and Calpine
Center and Los Esteros Critical Energy Facility). Tule Elk are frequently seen on the Ridge.
The Tulare Hill Ecological Preserve is 116 acres dedicated to the protection of the Bay checkerspot butterfly, the California Red-legged frog, and other threatened and endangered species. It is located on the southern edge of
San Jose between
Monterey Road and
Santa Teresa Blvd. It was donated to SVLC by the
Center as mitigation for their power plant on
Monterey Road. The Bay checkerspot butterfly is making a last stand on Tulare Hill (only one was counted in 2007) and with proper monitoring and cattle grazing, SVLC is dedicated to helping the butterfly make a comeback.
Basking Ridge is a 206 acre conservation easement that protects habitat for
California Red-legged frog, the
California Tiger salamander, and the western burrowing owl. Located just north of
Metcalf Road and Highway 101 in south
San Jose, the property was dedicated by Metcalf Partners, LLC as mitigation for a housing development between the preserve and Highway 101.
The Fisher Creek conservation easement is 9 acres set aside for riparian protection and enhancement as a result of construction of the Metcalf Energy Center (MEC) in 2003. It flows between Tulare Hill and the MEC power plant into Coyote Creek. The main purpose of the easement is to maintain and improve the riparian vegetation and adjacent trees and to provide habitat for the California red legged frog, California tiger salamander, various nesting and foraging birds and various fish and aquatic species.