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Almond Ranch

East Bay Times | December 17, 2018

John Muir Land Trust nearing a goal for Almond Ranch, thanks to readers
The trust is working to purchase and preserve Almond Ranch in Martinez

DEAR JOAN: We have been touched by the many heartfelt letters we’ve received from your readers in support of our campaign to acquire Almond Ranch, a vital 281-acre addition to the wildlife corridor along Franklin Ridge in Martinez and a key connector for the visionary Bay Area Ridge Trail. Here are just a few:

“I was moved by the articles that I read about supporting the acquisition of the Almond Ranch. It’s so important to expand and link the corridors for wildlife. Thank you for what you do.”

“Five generations of my family grew up in Martinez. The hills will always be dear to my heart.”

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East Bay Times | October 1, 2018

John Muir Land Trust asks Animal Life readers for help
The trust is halfway to its $4 million goal to purchase Almond Ranch, described as an environmental missing piece crucial to wildlife.

DEAR JOAN: I’m writing to ask your help.

We’re hoping you and your readers will help John Muir Land Trust ( raise $100,000 by the end of this year toward the acquisition of Almond Ranch. Two years ago, your readers generously helped us reach the $7 million needed to purchase Carr Ranch, a stunning 604-acre addition to the Upper San Leandro Watershed that helps keep intact 15,500 acres of essential wilderness habitat.

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The Conservation Alliance | September 24, 2018

JMLT receives $50,000 grant from The Conservation Alliance

John Muir Land Trust receives $50,000 grant from The Conservation Alliance. The funds will go to support The Campaign to Save Almond Ranch, a 281-acre parcel that completes a section of the 550-mile Bay Area Ridge Trail and 50-mile Carquinez Strait Scenic Loop Trail, and connects 18,000 acres of protected open space for wildlife and recreation in California.

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Martinez News-Gazette | July 15, 2018

JMLT focuses on Almond Ranch property

MARTINEZ, Calif – John Muir Land Trust wants Almond Ranch, calling it the “missing” 281 acres that would connect several other open-space pieces of land the organization has preserved.

The trust began around a kitchen table in 1989, when some residents sought to prevent development of a 150-acre open space area called Stonehurst.

Once that was accomplished, the organization continued to acquire properties, from the West Hills Farm where John Muir and his two daughters once walked, to Mount Wanda which had been part of Muir’s landholdings, to the 247-acre Pacheco Marsh the Trust is restoring to a natural tidal marsh state. + Continue reading

East Bay Times | April 18, 2018

Group tries to raise $4 million to preserve Carquinez-area open space

MARTINEZ — The stewards of ranches, trails and historical sites throughout the East Bay have announced an effort to raise $4 million to save a large open space property in the Martinez hills from development.

The group, known as the John Muir Land Trust, oversees 13 of Contra Costa’s most beautiful and well-traversed hiking trails, including the Acalanes Ridge and the Fernandez Ranch. They’re trying to raise $4 million by the end of 2019, and have already secured a $1 million pledge from the East Bay Regional Park District, the group said in a news release.

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ABC News | April 18, 2018

Land preservation group wants to buy 'missing link' in Bay Area trail network

An East Bay land preservation group is trying to acquire a 281-acre parcel of land that they say is the missing piece of a vast network of Bay Area trails.
ABC7 KGO-TV covers JMLT's launch of the Campaign To Save Almond Ranch 4.18.2018

Community Focus | May 7, 2018

John Muir Land Trust Announces Campaign to Save Almond Ranch

John Muir Land Trust (JMLT, has announced the Campaign To Save Almond Ranch, an effort to protect a stunning 281-acre property south of downtown Martinez that has been a top priority of land conservationists for decades. JMLT must raise $4 million by the end of 2019. Saving Almond Ranch from development, the alternative outcome, would preserve an intact habitat corridor for wildlife, connect important major trails for the very first time, link large conserved landscapes, and open the property’s beautiful hills along the Franklin Ridge to hikers, dog walkers, cyclists, bird watchers, equestrians, and nature lovers of all ages.

“Almond Ranch is the proverbial ‘missing piece,’” says JMLT Executive Director Linus Eukel. “All of the benefits of conservation literally intersect here. The ranch protects habitat and clean water, offers close-to-home outdoor recreation, and makes trail connections that have been on everyone’s wish list for decades.”

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The Mercury News | April 17, 2018

Can you help with the drive to preserve land and save wildlife?
John Muir Land Trust needs $3 million to purchase highly sought after land that will connect several other parks and open spaces

DEAR JOAN: Anyone who cares about preserving wildlife habitat and spending time in nature will be thrilled to hear this news.

John Muir Land Trust has an agreement in place with the landowners and we’ve just announced the “Campaign To Save Almond Ranch.”

This delightful 281-acre ranch above Martinez has been the target of conservationists for decades because it is the proverbial missing piece that makes so many vital connections.

For the first time, it links three separate large conserved landscapes totaling 18,000 acres of habitat, including the critical 10,000-acre Franklin Ridge Wildlife and Trail Corridor. It completes key missing segments to both the 550-mile Bay Area Ridge Trail and the 50-mile Carquinez Strait Scenic Loop Trail.

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Martinez News-Gazette | April 17, 2018

The Almond Ranch

THE ALMOND RANCH, described in a detailed story this week regarding its purchase by the John Muir Land Trust, may lead some in the area to think we are getting into the agriculture business which has been so important in the Golden State in recent years. Not so! But, a great story of more historic land in our area which will continue to be part of our local history and available to our families currently, and for those for generations to come. Open space is so important, and the topic of a ballot measure during this 2018 voting season in Martinez.

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