photo: richard gylgayton


After the research and negotiation phase is complete, JMLT arrives at an agreement with a willing seller to acquire their property for a certain price, not exceeding the objective appraised value. At that point we turn to the community — foundations, sponsors and individual donors — to raise the necessary funds for acquisition. Depending on the size and price of the property, this phase often requires the focused collaboration of many highly motivated people, including everyone on the JMLT Board, staff and committees. But we are a determined group, having raised well over $20 million for land acquisition and stewardship since 1989. Our objective is to more than double the acreage under protection by JMLT in the next five years. For information on this campaign see Saving Contra Costa.