Monday, June 18, 2012

De Anza College students conduct wildlife research in Coyote Valley

Coyote Valley has long been known to be a vital wildlife corridor linking the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range. Now, with publication of "Safe Passage for Coyote Valley," students at De Anza College have brought attention to the role Coyote Valley plays in wildlife movements in South Santa Clara County:

"De Anza students have documented over 200 wildlife species that cross Coyote Valley, located in southeastern San Jose between the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range," said [De Anza environmental studies professor] Julie Phillips. "Their work has been pivotal in influencing decision makers to conserve the area."
De Anza also recognized CGF for partnering with students in this project. CGF has fought for years to preserve Coyote Valley as open space.

"[We were] fighting for Coyote Valley when we didn't have a lot of hope," said Brian Schmidt, who was acknowledged for his advocacy with the Committee for Green Foothills. "This is an honor being associated with it."
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