Town of Moraga Makes $250,000 Contribution to Protect Harvey Ranch
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Funding Gap Narrows As John Muir Land Trust Campaign Nears Deadline
The Town Council of Moraga unanimously approved a $250,000 contribution to John Muir Land Trust (JMLT, jmlt.org) for the acquisition and permanent protection of Harvey Ranch. This 143-acre property in the hills above Saint Mary’s College of California is a highly visible reminder of the value of land conservation in this community widely known for its beautiful natural setting.
The town’s contribution adds to the investment in community health and well-being that is being advanced by hundreds of local residents who have made donations totaling $3.5 million toward the $4 million needed by year’s end. A successful campaign will fulfill the dream of property owner Charlene Harvey who has long hoped to preserve the location against development.
At stake is the loss of a sizable acreage of untouched land that could be a gateway to pristine wilderness, a new staging area with trailheads and trail connections, quick access to amazing views and pathways, an enhanced buffer for wildlife, a protected viewshed, and a keystone element of the natural environs of Saint Mary’s College.
Said Linus Eukel, executive director of JMLT, “This significant contribution from the Town of Moraga propels us forward, and we’re optimistic about closing the funding gap before December 31st. The people of Lamorinda understand the value of protected open space. With their generous help we’ve already protected Carr Ranch, Painted Rock, and Hamlin Nature Park. Harvey Ranch will be another jewel in the crown of magnificent natural lands that we can enjoy today and that our children and their children will enjoy for years to come. We’re almost there!”