A mine on sacred land, in Santa Clara County

Proposed mine on sacred lands
Client:   Protect Juristac

We created this map to help advocates, including the Committee for Green Foothills and the Amah Mutsun Land Trust, fighting against the approval of a sand mine on lands sacred to the Amah Mustun tribe. 

The quarry site includes a ceremonial site and several sacred mountains. The larger Sargent Ranch is also, as shown on the map above, a potential linkage across the Santa Cruz Mountains between Carnadero Preserve and Star Creek Ranch. According to the Peninsula Press, The land is owned by a company called Debt Acquisition Company of America, which bought it in 2013 and now argues that sand mining here is limited to a small footprint and the rest of the ranch would be conserved. The property is one of the first in Santa Clara County to be subject to Assembly Bill 52, a 2014 law designed to give added protection to sites sacred to Native tribes.

Focus:   Environment, Social Justice/Equity  

Services:  GIS Services, Maps, Cartography 

Project Years: 2019

GreenInfo Network creates, analyzes, visualizes and communicates information in the public interest. We specialize in mapping and related technology for nonprofits and public agencies, focusing on using it for conservation, social equity, public health, environment and foundation grant making.
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