Connecting health to our natural resources

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Presentation by Matt Freeman from the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority at "Wildlands, Food and Your Health." Event hosted by Greenbelt Alliance on June 16, 2012.

Presentation by Matt Freeman from the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority at "Wildlands, Food and Your Health." Event hosted by Greenbelt Alliance on June 16, 2012.

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  • 1. Connec&ng  Community  Health  with  Open  Spaces     and  Natural  Resources   Gilroy,  CA  June  16,  2012      
  • 2. Presenta(on  Topics    •  A  liCle  about  the  Open  Space  Authority  •  Importance  of  open  space  to  healthy  communi&es  •  Examples  of  OSA  ini&a&ves  and  partnerships  •  Ques&ons  and  feedback  
  • 3.  About  the  Santa  Clara  County    Open  Space  Authority  •  Responsible  for  land  preserva&on  and  resource  management  for   over  2/3rds  of  Santa  Clara  County  •  Protects  and  manages  over  16,000  acres  •  Jurisdic&on  includes              ci&es  of  Milpitas,                San  Jose,  Campbell,                Santa  Clara,  Morgan                Hill,  and  Santa  Clara              County  •  Administers  an  Urban  Open  Space              Program  
  • 4. OSA  Service  Area  
  • 5. To  Safeguard  Open  Space     •  Provide  a  balance  to  urban   development   •  Preserve  quality  of  life  in  Santa   Clara  County   •  Protect  natural  and  cultural   resources   •  Promote  agricultural  viability  
  • 6. Integrated  Approach  to  Open  Space  Protec&on    “When  one  tugs  at  a  single  thing  in  nature,  he  finds  it  aCached  to  the  rest  of  the  world.”    -­‐-­‐  John  Muir  (1838-­‐1914)    
  • 7. Parks,  Open  Spaces,  and  Trails    
  • 8. Parks,  Open  Spaces,  and  Trails     Sample  Projects   •  Bay  Area  Ridge  Trail     •  Bay  Trail   •  Local  trails  (Three  Creeks   Trail)  that  provide  urban   access  to  open  spaces   •  Sustainable  Communi&es   Strategy  (Plan  Bay  Area)   •  El  Toro  Trail  in    Morgan   Hill    
  • 9. Water  Resources     Key  Elements  and  Issues   •  Drinking  water  supplies   •  Groundwater  recharge  areas   •  Wetlands  &  riparian  areas  to   protect  water  quality   •  Floodplains  and  flood   management  areas   •  Areas  for  climate  change   mi&ga&on  and  adapta&on  
  • 10. Water  Resources     Sample  Projects   •  TNC  Upper  Pajaro  Floodplain   Protec&on  Project   •  SCVWD  Water  Resources     Management  Plan   •  Water  Founda&on   •  Bay  Area  and  Pajaro   Integrated  Regional  Water   Management  Plans  
  • 11. Wildlife  Habitat  and  Linkages     Key  Elements  and  Issues   •  Protec&ng  sensi&ve  species   and  rare  &  unique  habitats     •  Maintaining  landscape   linkages  between  the  Santa   Cruz  and  Diablo  Ranges     •  Protec&ng  habitats  that  are   resilient  to  climate  change    
  • 12. Wildlife  Habitat  and  Landscape  Linkages     Sample  Projects   •  Santa  Clara  Valley  Habitat   Conserva&on  Plan   •  Bay  Area  Cri&cal  Linkages   Project  (Moore   Founda&on)   •  “Safe  Passage  for  Coyote   Valley”  (DeAnza  College)   •  Bay  Area  Conserva&on   Lands  Network  (Bay  Area   Open  Space  Council)  
  • 13. Local  Farms  and  Ranches    
  • 14. Local  Farms  and  Ranches     Key  Elements  and  Issues   •  Protec&ng  prime  ag  lands   from  sprawl   •  Protec&ng  economic   viability  through   partnerships  and  incen&ves   •  Promo&ng  good  stewardship   prac&ces   •  Promo&ng  access  to  locally-­‐ grown  foods   •  Exploring  new  markets  and   niches  
  • 15. Local  Farms  and  Ranches     Sample  Projects   • Coyote  Valley  Agriculture   Feasibility  Study  (Sage)   • “Sustaining  Our   Bounty”    (Sage)   • Natural  Resources   Conserva&on  Service  Programs   • South  County  Vision   (CommiCee  for  Green  Foothills   and  Greenbelt  Alliance)  
  • 16. Ecosystem  Services    Valua&on    
  • 17. OSA  Conserva&on  Vision    
  • 18. Coyote Valley Open Space Preserve
  • 19. Palassou Ridge Open Space Preserve
  • 20. South County Agricultural Easement
  • 21. Rancho Cañada del Oro Open Space Preserve
  • 22. Our  Legacy    
  • 23. www.openspaceauthority.org www.openspaceauthority.org  Photo  Credits:    Steven  Joseph,  A  Ess  Bee,  Liv  Ames,  Ron  Horri   Like  OSA  on  Facebook!