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For millennia, coho salmon have been returning to the cool waters of San Vicente Creek to lay their eggs and give birth to the next generation. In the early 1800s, the fish returning from the ocean to this creek were so plentiful they could be fished with a pitchfork.
But things have changed dramatically in the last two centuries. As a consequence of high and low impact land use in the Santa Cruz Mountains, San Vicente Creek (and most of the creeks in California) lost almost all of its coho salmon. In recent years, only a few fish have returned to lay their eggs at what is now the southernmost habitat in all of North America for this endangered species struggling to survive.
It’s not too late for coho salmon in San Vicente Creek.
In 2011, POST partnered with The Nature Conservancy, Sempervirens Fund, Save the Redwoods League and the Land Trust of Santa Cruz County to acquire the 8,532-acre San Vicente Redwoods property. In doing so, we took control of the majority of San Vicente Creek and started a new chapter for this creek and the coho salmon it supports.
Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. Since its founding in 1977, POST has been responsible for saving more than 75,000 acres as permanently protected land in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties.