Martinez farm purchased to help save wildlife opens historic area to public

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Monday, October 19, 2020
Almond Ranch at West Hills Farm opens in Martinez
For the very first time, Almond Ranch at West Hills Farm in Martinez is open to the public. It's also dedicated to protecting wildlife in the area.

MARTINEZ, Calif. (KGO) -- The National Park Service is celebrating the purchase of land crucial to saving wildlife and the opening of a historic area to the public.

The John Muir Land Trust recently bought West Hills Farm in Martinez thanks to a massive donation campaign. It includes 18,000 acres of open space that protect the red-legged frog, American badger, and Golden Eagle.

Governor Gavin Newsom shared his thanks during a live webcast celebrating the farm's donation.

"Thank you to the National Park Service for being a model to other nations, for all of your stewardship, for your faith and devotion to the cause that unites each and every one of us, and that's the generational cause. A sustainable, not just situational mindset," he said.

The Land Trust also celebrated the opening of Almond Ranch to the public for the very first time.