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New Pond for Fernandez Ranch

Here’s JMLT ranger Glen digging a new pond at Fernandez Ranch. His team removed 400 yards of silt from a 75-year-old pond that no longer held water into the summer dry season, and they rebuilt the spillway to prevent erosion. The new pond provides improved aquatic habitat for the endangered red-legged frog, and an additional water source for cattle. Adding the pond helps spread grazing throughout the ranch.

The project was funded in part by the California Coastal Conservancy. Additional funding, project planning and oversight were provided by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Contra Costa Resource Conservation District. JMLT manages 3,200 acres. Pond-building is just one example of the many stewardship activities that keep our properties healthy for all resident species and beautiful for visitors.