The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors on August 14 approved an option to acquire the 1,350-acre Robertson Ranch in unincorporated Alameda County for resource protection and the expansion of Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park.
“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 can become part of a significant preserve being assembled in southern Alameda County around Alameda Creek, the East Bay’s largest watershed,” said EBRPD Board President Carol Severin.
According to the Conservation Lands Network’s "Upland Habitat Goals Project," acquisition and permanent protection of the Robertson property is essential to regional conservation goals. 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. And the proximity to Palomares Road on the west side of Pleasanton Ridge may provide additional future access to the preserved lands.
In 2005, the Park District Board of Directors authorized staff to begin negotiations to acquire the Robertson property, which represents a rare opportunity to acquire and protect a large, contiguous landscape with mostly intact and diverse plant and wildlife communities. The property also contains important habitat for protected species such as the California tiger salamander, California red-legged frog, and Alameda whipsnake.
The East Bay Regional Park District will combine several funding sources, including grants and Measure WW funds, to acquire the property for $6,235,425, its appraised fair market value, plus acquisition costs. Grant funding is pending from 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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