Environment & Science

John Muir trust to preserve 600 acres in Northern California

 The John Muir Land Trust announced it would buy the 600-acre parcel of land in Moraga, California.
The John Muir Land Trust announced it would buy the 600-acre parcel of land in Moraga, California.
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A conservation group has announced buying private grazing land outside Berkeley and Oakland, preserving spectacular views for nature lovers to enjoy.

The 600-acre Carr Ranch could be open to the public after the sale is complete in June 2016, the Contra Costa Times reports Thursday. The John Muir Land Trust announced the agreement on Thursday.

Some grazing will continue, but the public also will get room to hike and enjoy other low-key recreation. Cattle have grazed the land for a century.

The land purchase will be one of the largest made by the trust, which has preserved 2,500 acres in the area.

The conservation group, named for the Martinez conservationist, has launched a $25 million fundraising campaign to buy another 3,200 acres in Contra Costa County.