The 1,950 acres of conservation lands at Young Ranch are referred to as "The Preserve".
These lands are nearly twice the size of Golden Gate Park and have been identified by
several conservation plans in the region as being ecologically significant.
CONTRIBUTING TO THE REGION'S CONSERVATION GOALS.
The Preserve is located on Coyote Ridge, one of the 10 Conservation Focus Areas identified in the Open Space Authority’s (OSA) Santa Clara Valley Greenprint. These focus areas represent the most important landscapes for the protection of natural resources, working lands, and livable communities throughout the Authority’s jurisdiction. Coyote Ridge encompasses extensive serpentine grasslands and oak woodlands, which provide habitat to more than 12 rare, threatened, and endangered species.
Coyote Ridge has also been identified as a critical priority in other regional plans including the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Plan (SCVHP). The SCVHP was adopted jointly by five local agencies, including Santa Clara County and the City of San Jose. These entities created a long range plan to protect and enhance ecological diversity in Santa Clara County, while allowing for current and future development and growth. The serpentine habitat of the Preserve is particularly critical to the protection of the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly (BCB), which is the cornerstone species of the Habitat Plan. The Preserve is, in fact, essential to the Habitat Plan’s success given that it represents nearly 25% of the BCB habitat required by the plan to be preserved on Coyote Ridge.