Who We Are
photo: adam weidenbach


John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) was founded in 1989. Since then, you and other generous supporters have conserved 3,100 glorious acres of land in the East Bay. We’re just getting started.

We live in one of the country’s most bustling metropolitan areas, yet it is a place of remarkable natural beauty. That’s because over the past century waves of population growth were met by equally forceful waves of conservation. JMLT marks our 30th anniversary this year by examining our role in the history of conservation in the East Bay and by looking 30 years ahead.

Our conclusion? We owe a profound debt to foresighted people who came before us; and with them, we share an obligation to generations yet to come.

We hope you enjoy reading this reflection on how we got here and where we’re going—together.

Some key takeaways:

  • Foresighted people shaped the abundantly natural landscape where we live today
  • We owe them our debt, and we share their obligation to future generations
  • The story of conservation in the East Bay is remarkable and uplifting
  • The lands protected by JMLT are an inspiring window into that past
  • The challenges of waves of population growth in the past century were huge
  • Population pressure will be even more intense in the next few decades
  • We need to complete the vision and protect remaining vulnerable lands
  • It is an endgame; the next few decades will shape the East Bay forever
  • We need to protect the remaining large parcels of essential wild lands
  • We need to create suburban parks that provide nature just minutes away
  • We need to ensure that urban neighborhoods have great places for getting outside.
  • The work ahead won’t be without challenges, but we can do it
  • Our success so far shows just how rewarding this will be!