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Carr Ranch is Saved

Jan 02, 2017 01:22PM ● By Becky Coburn

John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) in partnership with East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) announces Carr Ranch is saved. The 604-acre cattle ranch adjacent to the Town of Moraga will be preserved as watershed land, essential wildlife habitat, and open space for public enjoyment. An outpouring of donations from individuals, foundations, agencies and corporations reached the $7 million project goal needed to acquire the private property from the Carr family, who have owned the land for over a century and have a strong desire to see it conserved. Contributing $4.5 million toward the purchase, EBMUD will hold title to the property, and JMLT will manage permanent public access to Carr Ranch for light recreation such as hiking, wildlife viewing, dog walking, and equestrian activities.


The undeveloped Carr Ranch property provides habitat for endangered reptiles and amphibians and for large animals such as deer, American badger, golden eagle, and mountain lion. Its creeks and streams drain into the Upper San Leandro Reservoir, and from there, into the homes of tens of thousands of East Bay families. Carr Ranch exemplifies the best of Contra Costa landscapes, an area known for some of the most beautiful scenery in the region. Terrain varies from hillsides and ridge tops to meadows and bottomlands, and diverse vegetation includes coastal live oak and riparian woodlands, coastal scrub, and annual grasses.

JMLT Executive Director Linus Eukel said, “We couldn’t have hoped for an outcome that better serves the public’s need for permanent protection and access to this spectacular natural landscape. This is a day of celebration for all Californians. Carr Ranch is one of those rare properties that checks every box on the conservation priority list.”

In a generation, John Muir Land Trust has become one of the leading forces for conservation in northern California. With 3,100 acres protected, many beautiful places in the East Bay are permanently preserved for recreation, wildlife habitat, and spectacular scenic views. Learn more at