The area where the Santa Cruz, Gabilan and Diablo Mountain ranges meet at the Pajaro River is rich in wildlife, water, agriculture and ranching. Birds use its wetlands as a major resting point along the Pacific flyway. Wild animals travel this land to reach habitats necessary for survival. Along the way are some of California’s most productive farmlands and many of the remaining large ranches in and around Silicon Valley. The region contains some of the last streams supporting steelhead trout along the Central Coast. These waterways flow into the Pajaro River, which in turn drains into the Monterey Bay, a National Marine Sanctuary. As our climate changes, keeping these lands intact will be critical for allowing plants and animals to adapt.
Through the Living Landscape Initiative, we will ensure the natural resources and working lands of the Pajaro Corridor are protected.