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McClellan Ranch Preserve and Blackberry Farm are part of a 60-acre open space and recreational area owned by the City of Cupertino. Our main focus is along a one-mile stretch of Stevens Creek, where we are establishing “islands” of native vegetation and controlling invasive plants that previously dominated the floodplain of the creek. This riparian habitat — where the creek is hydrologically connected to its floodplain — is uncommon in our valley and particularly important because of its high habitat value and contribution to reducing flood flows.

Restoring a meadow from invasive thistles to native plants

Restoring a meadow from invasive thistles to native plants

Creating habitat for insects, including the Anise Swallowtail butterfly

Creating habitat for insects, including the Anise Swallowtail butterfly

Testing water quality on Stevens Creek

Testing water quality on Stevens Creek