SFEI partnered with Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority to create a guide on how to support biodiversity across the urbanized Santa Clara Valley. Urban greening projects (e.g., street trees, bioswales, gardens) are developing in piecemeal fashion. Designing and linking projects with ecology in mind can better support biodiversity, which in turn can help cultivate a sense of place and human health benefits.
Integrating urban ecology science, landscape history, and data on local setting, this guide provides tools to design for local ecology. This project builds on SFEI’s body of work, including historical ecology studies, Re-oaking, and the Landscape Resilience Framework. This report can inform agencies, nonprofits, planners and others.