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A Frog's Life

. . . hangs in the balance. Now what are tech businesses going to do about it?

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This story appears in the May 2001 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Reaching a max 5 inches long, 's red-legged frogholds its own over tree frogs, but if its breeding habitats aredisrupted by the clearing of creek-bed vegetation or the formationof concrete banks-well, there's not much the little guycan do. That's why people like Dan Kalb, director of the SierraClub's Loma Prieta Chapter, have vowed to protect the frog, aswell as other environmental concerns they believe will bethreatened by urban sprawl and increased air pollution should SanJose-based Systems proceed with its proposed Coyote ValleyResearch Park, which would cover 389 acres of San Jose's NorthCoyote Valley.

"Companies can thrive and expand without sprawling intounderdeveloped areas, as many companies have shown here in SiliconValley," says Kalb. The Association of Monterey Bay AreaGovernments, the city of Salinas, the Santa Clara Valley AudubonSociety, the Sierra Club and Santa Cruz County all filed separatesuits against the city of San Jose almost as quickly as its councilapproved the $1.3 billion project last October.

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