The acquisition of the private grazing land outside of Berkeley and Oakland will ensure preservation, education, and public access to the Carr Ranch. Some grazing will continue after the purchase; the property will also be open to the public for hiking, horseback riding, and more. From the ranch’s rolling hills, the San Francisco Bay Area is visible to the south and Suisun Bay to the north. This swath of Northern California contains oaks, grasslands, three ponds, and natural springs. “The purchase is of regional significance,” says Linus Eukel, executive director of the John Muir Land Trust. “This is about protecting water at its source.” The John Muir Trust currently owns 2,500 acres between Martinez and Hercules. The 600 acres will be the trust’s largest purchase to date. The trust, inspired by the Scots-born founder of the modern conservation movement, is dedicated to protecting and preserving wildlife.
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