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East Bay Regional Park District Adds 1,367-acre Robertson Ranch in Sunol

The Board of the East Bay Regional Park District on December 4 authorized acquisition of over 1,350 acres of land in unincorporated Alameda County, the Robertson Ranch, for resource protection and the expansion of Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park.

This represents a rare opportunity to acquire and protect a large, contiguous landscape with mostly intact and diverse plant and wildlife communities,” said EBRPD Board President Carol Severin.

Together with 7,500 acres already protected in adjacent Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park and more than 6,000 acres at EBRPD’s nearby Garin/Dry Creek and Vargas Plateau parks, the Robertson property will become part of a significant preserve being assembled in southern Alameda County around Alameda Creek, the East Bay’s largest watershed.

Because of the site’s significant biological resources, as well as wildlife corridors, public access opportunities and strategic location, this acquisition is a high priority for the Park District. The property also contains important habitat for protected species such as the California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog and Alameda whipsnake.

Proximity to Palomares Road on the west side of Pleasanton Ridge may provide additional future access to the preserved lands.

The East Bay Regional Park District combined several funding sources, to acquire the property for $6,235,425. In addition to Measure WW funds, sources included the Alameda County Altamont Landfill and Resource Facility Open Space Fund; the San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy Program; and the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation. The acquisition is expected to be completed by December 21, 2012.

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