John Muir Land Trust is launching one of the most consequential campaigns in our thirty-year history. If successful, acquiring and permanently protecting the 143-acre Harvey Ranch opens the door to a 15,000-acre wilderness wonderland, and protects a vital wildlife refuge.
Forming the natural backdrop to Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, Harvey Ranch is an easy gateway into the difficult-to-reach wilderness formed by Las Trampas Regional Wilderness and the San Leandro Watershed. Protecting the ranch will make accessible superb trails with exceptional views, and provide a necessary buffer between essential wildlife habitat and encroaching residential development.
Our Collective Opportunity
A few minutes spent in daily traffic on the once-rural roads of Lamorinda make it clear that the area is booming. Population pressure grows as each new home is built and new traffic light installed. Protecting Harvey Ranch is a rare opportunity to save a landscape that is a critical conservation milestone— a gem to be spared from bulldozer, concrete, and asphalt.
A protected Harvey Ranch will open a wilderness adventure to nature lovers of all ages and abilities, while safeguarding wildlife habitat from residential encroachment. Short walks will be rewarded with stunning views. Hikers seeking strenuous excursion will explore miles of trails in diverse terrain. Equestrians will discover excellent ranch roads used for over a century.
Residential development is needed and inevitable. But we must develop in sensible places. The wild residents of our region need Harvey Ranch. The ranch protects habitat for threatened and endangered species such as the Alameda whipsnake and the California red-legged frog. These lands harbor gray foxes, deer, opossums, raccoons, gophers, jackrabbits, weasels, bobcats, and skunks. Soaring raptors include red-tailed and Cooper’s hawks, American kestrels, and golden eagles. Your support will protect one of the remaining thriving refuges for native wildlife in our metropolitan area.