Before John Muir Land Trust considers a property for potential acquisition, there is typically a long and rigorous process of investigation, review and negotiation. Many criteria are considered. Where in the East Bay is it located? Is it intrinsically beautiful? Which plant and animal species will be protected? What are the opportunities for human recreation? How will county residents gain a direct benefit? What resources are needed to acquire and maintain the property? What will happen to the land if JMLT does not intervene? Are developers of housing or commercial real estate involved? Do the overall benefits justify the costs?