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Spring 2003 Muir Heritage Land Trust Newsletter

Spring 2003 Muir Heritage Land Trust Newsletter

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Published by: Muir Heritage Land Trust on Dec 24, 2011
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Spring 2003
M
UIR
 
H
ERITAGE
 
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RUST
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G
USTIN
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StephenJoseph
W
atch for an invitation in the mail for thededication ceremony for the Gustinproperty. The event will be held on Saturday,May 3, from 9 am to 12 pm. Gary Bogue willbe our honored guest. Refreshments will beserved and a shuttle will be available forthose who can not hike to the property.Everyone is welcome to help celebrate!
Gustin DedicationTo Be Held May 3
O
n the eve of its 15
th
anniversary, theMuir Heritage Land Trust iscelebrating another milestone. Withyour generous support and the immeasurablehelp of 
Contra Costa Times
columnist GaryBogue, we have paid off the loan on the 80-acre Gustin property.The outpouring of community interest hasbeen deeply gratifying. More than 1,600individuals contributed $116,000, allowingus to pay off the loan in January of this year.The Land Trust initially purchased theproperty in 2000 with a loan from theCalifornia Coastal Conservancy. The loanallowed us to move quickly on the sale, thenwe began raising funds from a variety of private and public sources. Public moniesincluded $100,000 from the CoastalConservancy, $35,000 from the State of California’s Department of Fish and Game,and $250,000 from the State of CaliforniaEnvironmental Enhancement and MitigationProgram. We were nearing our goal, but westill needed to raise about $143,000 to payback the interest-fee loan from the stateConservancy and cover our expenses inacquiring the land.Community groups that pitched in and helpedcomplete the purchase include the MartinezHorsemen’s Association, which raised$11,000, and Bay Area Barns & Trails, whichraised $9,000. The J.M. Long Foundation’sdonation of $25,000 was an important giftfrom the private sector. Land Trust appealsraised another $16,000 from privateindividuals. At that point, Gary Bogue
“Our open spaces and natural areas areimportant to us...they restore us andprovide a sense of tranquilitywhen we need it the most.”
—Mac and Mary Foreman, Martinez 
 
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MUIR HERITAGE LAND TRUSTP. O. Box 2452M
ARTINEZ
, CA 94553(925) 228-5460
F
AX
(925) 372-5460Email: info@muirheritagelandtrust.orgwww.muirheritagelandtrust.orgS
TAFF
Tina Batt,
 Executive Director 
Marilyn Rigdon,
Executive Associate
Beth Pardieck,
Stewardship Associate
B
OARD
 
OF
D
IRECTORS
Peter Langley
Chair 
Nancy Schaefer,
Vice Chair 
Mary Ann Gaebe,
Secretary
Don Manning,
Treasurer 
Dick AweniusJoseph ByrnePeter ColbyRoger DolanKen FischerSheila GrilliSteve Pardieck Marj RossBill WeinerMark Wilson
E
MERITUS
B
OARD
M
EMBERS
Hulet Hornbeck Hal OlsonJack TelferEverett Turner
H
ONORARY
B
OARD
M
EMBER
Jim Cutler
E
DITOR
Sherida Bush
N
EWSLETTER
C
ONTRIBUTORS
Tina Batt,Beth Pardieck, Marilyn Rigdon,Jim Townsend
P
HOTO
C
REDITS
:
Todd Kiker, Dr. Mark Jennings, Stephen Joseph, Bob Sibilia
stepped in to close the gap. The
Contra Costa Times
columnist ran items in his popularcolumn last fall, and his readers from all over Contra Costa County—and beyond—respondedgenerously with $80,000 in contributions along with their inspiring words. From JaniceCostella in Walnut Creek: “Thanks to dedicated people like you and Gary Bogue, there willbe a tomorrow for our beautiful open land.Carole Jobe in Hercules said, “When open spaceis lost, it’s gone forever. Thank you for caring enough to head this campaign.” The Land TrustBoard and staff thank all of 
 you
for caring enough to sendin your hard-earned dollars.The 80 acres of land now protected is a key link in theFranklin Ridge trails and open spaces. The once-threatened Contra Costa Feeder Trail #1 will remain anhistoric trail—one that joins the 400-mile Bay AreaRidge Trail. The landscapes, views and vital habitat willnow remain as it has for the past 100 years. The grass-covered hills and thickly wooded ravines will continue toprovide a home for native animals and plants. Thecommanding view from the top of the ridge will now beavailable for all to see.Come celebrate the preservation of all this on May 3,when we hold a dedication for the land. Gary Bogue willbe our honored guest. The dedication will be held on theproperty from 9 am to 12 pm, and a shuttle for thedisabled will be available. More information will be inyour invitation, which you will receive closer to the date.Throughout this issue of thenewsletter, we have printedsome of the commentsfrom people whoresponded to GaryBogue’s column.Their words are areminder of what wecan accomplishtogether—and what itmeans for people, wildlifeand our natural surroundings.
“Thank you forfighting the goodfight for all creaturesgreat and small.”
—Dee Assael,Pleasant Hill 
This is the best gift I can give the grandkids.
— 
Patricia Derickson, Martinez 
 
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IDGELINE
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ROPERTY
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erched high atop a prominent hill aboveMartinez sits a house and horse ranchproperty surrounded by open space andbisected by a popular trail. The 70-acreSchumann-Perry property is in the FranklinHills, offering panoramic views of Mt. Diablo,the Delta, the Central Valley, the CarquinezStrait, Solano County and—on a clear day—the Sierra Nevada mountains. Hikers in thearea are familiar with this property, becausethe California State Riding and Hiking trailruns through the middle of it.The East Bay Regional Park District(EBRPD) now holds an option to purchase theproperty and will probably complete thetransaction in March. The Muir Heritage LandTrust is contributing $80,000 toward thepurchase of the property by using part of ourCoastal Impact Grant funds secured for us byCongressman George Miller. The decision toallocate a part of the Land Trust’s federalCoastal Impact Funds to this project was a joint decision of Contra Costa County,EBRPD and the Land Trust. Use of the fundsis restricted to projects associated with theCarquinez Strait and its shorelines.Acquisition of this property will at lastpreserve the scenic ridgeline, help completethe existing open space, provide a buffer fortrails, and protect an important wildlifecorridor. The habitat consists of grasslandsdipping to swales flanked with oaks and baytrees. The grasslands provide foraging habitatfor golden eagles and other raptors.A white-tailed kite, a California protectedspecies, is nesting in the immediate area. It isalso good habitat for deer, bobcat, gray foxand songbirds. The threatened Alamedawhipsnake and the California red-legged frogare known to live in several locations in thearea and may also be present.Public monies from Measure AA andProposition 12 will pay for the remainder of the purchase and acquisition costs, totalingapproximately $1,300,000. The property is akey location that will complete the FranklinRidge section of the EBRPD’s CarquinezStrait Regional Shoreline park (see map).The acquisition will preserve a vital wildlifecorridor and maintain the scenic integrity of amajor state trail. It also demonstrates howpartnerships among public and privateagencies can help complete projects thatwould be difficult for one organization alone.
Map courtesty of the East Bay Regional Park District
The red-legged frog is federally listed as an endangered species. Habitat protection will be vital to its survival.
Dr.MarkJennings

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