One of the most complex ecosystems in the world exists in and around Silicon Valley. Marked by 4,000-foot Mount Hamilton, the ridgeline of the Santa Cruz Mountains, rolling ranchlands and coastal wetlands, this natural world helps sustain our way of life. People and wildlife alike benefit from the pleasant climate we all enjoy and the flora and fauna that live among us. For this system to remain healthy, we must connect these lands and protect their natural resources to help prevent unchecked urban sprawl and make our landscapes more adaptable to the accelerating effects of climate change.
The Living Landscape Initiative will use strategic land conservation to secure linkages that create extended wildlife corridors, clean sources of water and productive agricultural and working lands.