A stunning 604-acres adjacent to Lamorinda, Carr Ranch is now permanently protected watershed, essential wildlife habitat and (soon) beautiful open space for public enjoyment. Owned for over 100 years by the Carr family, it exemplifies the cultural legacy of California ranches and the families that have taken care of them. An outpouring of donations from individuals, foundations, agencies and corporations achieved the $7 million goal needed to complete JMLT’s successful Campaign to Save Carr Ranch in November, 2016.
Visitors to Carr Ranch will marvel at beautiful ridgelines, unique rock formations, gorgeous valleys and sweeping views of the eastern Bay Area, the nearby delta and surrounding hills. Creeks and streams on the ranch drain into the Upper San Leandro Reservoir, a vital source of clean drinking water for tens of thousands of East Bay families.
Carr Ranch is home to an exceptional diversity of foliage including coastal live oak, riparian woodlands, coastal scrub and annual grasslands. Nearly all of the property is critical habitat for the threatened Alameda whipsnake. Likewise, Buckhorn Creek and numerous ponds on the property provide breeding and foraging habitat for the endangered California red-legged frog. The ranch is also home to golden eagle, mountain lion, American badger, western pond turtle and many species essential to the region’s ecosystem.
In 2016 JMLT partnered with East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) to protect the property in perpetuity. Holding title, EBMUD’s ongoing role is to preserve the watershed on the property, protect wildlife habitat, maintain open spaces and natural scenery, and preserve historical ranching heritage. JMLT manages permanent public access to Carr Ranch for light recreation such as hiking, wildlife viewing, dog walking and equestrian activities.
As East Bay population growth continues, protecting public access to open space has never been more important. Carr Ranch is one of those special places that will be cherished for generations to come. As a source of drinking water in a time of historic drought, as a refuge for the region’s diverse wildlife, as a vital addition to adjacent protected lands, and as an unparalleled haven for outdoor recreation for surrounding communities, Carr Ranch is one of those rare places that checks every box on the conservation priority list.
While not yet open to visitors, Carr Ranch can be viewed from nearby existing EBMUD trails. Info here.
JOHN MUIR LAND TRUST ANNOUNCES CARR RANCH IS SAVED | JMLT Press Release | November 22, 2016
Moraga: EBMUD buys 604 acres to protect tap water quality | East Bay Times | November 25, 2016
Carr Ranch Saved | Lamorinda Weekly | November 30, 2016
Town Makes $10,000 Donation to Carr Ranch | Lamorinda Weekly | April 6, 2016
Help preserve important, pristine open space near Moraga | East Bay Times | March 13, 2016
604-Acre Carr Ranch to Become Public Open Space | Lamorinda Weekly | June 17, 2015
Muir conservation group to buy and preserve 600 acres near Moraga | Contra Costa Times | May 28, 2015
John Muir Land Trust | Community Focus | June 2, 2015