how we work

How We Work

John Muir Land Trust works to permanently protect our most precious natural areas by identifying critical open spaces throughout Alameda County and Contra Costa County. Through a painstaking multi-year process, we negotiate fair purchase prices and ownership rights to these lands, often dealing directly with ranching families that have held the properties for generations.

Individual contributions from private donors enable us to leverage matching funds from state and federal agencies to help secure our region’s precious natural legacy. We also receive support from a variety of private foundations and sponsors. By saving these lands from development, JMLT ensures their survival as wildlife habitat, ranches and farms, creeks, streams and shoreline. They become public recreation areas for local residents to enjoy today and for future generations.