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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

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A Fundraising Appeal from the East SF Bay

UPDATE:
8/14/2009--

The Muir Heritage Land Trust signed an amended agreement this month that adds 60 acres to the 423 acres of Franklin Canyon the group purchased last year. The group will have until June to raise $2.6 million to complete the transaction....The final acreage was purchased for $830,000....Together, the properties create 1,185 acres of contiguous preserved habitat in the Rodeo Creek watershed.

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12/17/2008: You’ve seen them, most likely…the hills rising beyond the Franklin Canyon Golf Course, saturated in deep greens, bright golds and subtle browns. For those driving by on Highway 4, they look to be part of the past—wild, mysterious and unchangeable.
Now you can help save these stunning wild lands.

We have signed a purchase agreement for Franklin Canyon—423 acres of gorgeous open space and critical wildlife habitat. Signing the documents was the important first step. But we can’t complete the purchase alone. And we are thrilled that the San Francisco Foundation has already, very generously, contributed $100,000 towards this project. The California State Coastal Conservancy has also expressed strong support for this top priority acquisition. This is a great start, but to complete the purchase, we need you.

Please help by making a generous year-end contribution to the Muir Heritage Land Trust.

The Muir Heritage Land Trust is counting on citizens like you who share our love for Contra Costa’s most precious landscapes. We must raise $2.5 million to secure the acquisition. The money includes the $1.8 million purchase price, costs associated with the sale, restoration and stewardship to allow public access, and support for our vital work.

Your life-supporting gift will protect our vanishing open spaces and the rich diversity they sustain. The Franklin Canyon purchase is a keystone in the Muir Heritage Land Trust’s Keep It Wild Campaign, and helps kick-off our five-year, $8.5 million effort to protect local endangered wild places.

With your support we will:

--Purchase 423 acres of vital Franklin Canyon open space
--Permanently preserve 1,125 contiguous acres, in combination with Fernandez Ranch
--Give endangered species a bigger protected territory and a better chance for survival ;
Protect key watersheds and riparian areas; Leave thousands of native oak trees to stand and thrive; Provide public access and trails for recreation and respite; Provide hands-on environmental education to children and adults; Support restoration and stewardship of the land

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