REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATION
To determine the interest and ability to protect all or some of the 6,500 acres that comprise the property commonly known as Sargent Ranch.
The land itself is home to complex ecosystems with rolling hills, meandering creeks, and even wetlands. Its diverse landscape includes habitats such as annual grasslands, oak woodlands, riparian woodlands, and chaparral.
Its habitat value is so substantial that in the Habitat Conservation Plan that served as the basis for the creation of the Santa Clara Valley Habitat Agency, the Sargent Ranch lands are included among those having significant acquisition value based on specific habitat characteristics.
The potential acquisition of these lands provides an opportunity to preserve connectivity between important wildlife corridors in the Diablo Range and the Santa Cruz Mountains. The lands are highly valued for the habitat they provide and their preservation will contribute to the long term viability of vulnerable species like the Red Legged Frog that are found on the property. The preservation of land in open space also contributes to climate resiliency.
CONSEQUENCES OF NEGATIVE ACTION
Conservation of large, intact properties like Sargent Ranch, rarely happens at the behest of one single organization, rather it is common for property owners and multiple public and public-interest agencies to work together collaboratively. In the absence of such collaboration, habitat conservation is less likely to occur.