Mt. Wanda Comprehensive Site Management Plan
The National Park Service (NPS) is beginning a comprehensive site management plan for the Mt. Wanda unit of John Muir National Historic Site. The 330-acre area of the park is an important part of the ranch where John Muir lived. Prior to Muir's time, the site was owned by Ygnacio Martinez as part of the Mexican era Rancho El Pinole, and earlier was home to the Karkin Ohlone Indians. At Mt. Wanda, visitors can walk in John Muir's footsteps as they explore, research, and appreciate the wildness of this inspirational landscape.
Most of the Mt. Wanda unit became part of the park in 1991. In 2016, a 3.8-acre parcel in the Mt. Wanda unit along Strentzel Creek, formerly known as the Strain Ranch, came under NPS management with the expiration of a Strain family lease. The transfer of the Strentzel Creek parcel provides the park an opportunity to explore new visitor amenities at Mt. Wanda to better support the park's purpose. Additionally, a 44-acre parcel (referred to as the West Hills Farm) adjacent to Mt. Wanda was recently acquired by the John Muir Land Trust for donation to the park. Legislation is pending to include these lands in the park. This would further expand opportunities at Mt. Wanda. The plan for Mt. Wanda will identify new visitor opportunities and functions, balancing facility needs and resource management, while improving the connectivity of Mt. Wanda to other areas of the park and the broader community.
As part of this process, we are inviting public comment on initial ideas and proposals for the Mt. Wanda unit which are organized into three preliminary concepts. The newsletter posted to this site (see document list in the left column of the website) describes these concepts and provides an overview of the planning process. You are encouraged to share your thoughts about the concepts to help us focus the planning effort, and to offer new ideas or potential issues for the park to consider. Information obtained during this comment period will be used to refine the preliminary concepts, identify issues, and ensure that we have the information needed to move forward. The comment period begins on April 21st and will extend through June 15, 2018.
We also invite you to join us for two public events planned for this Spring (see meeting notices in the left column of the website). At these events, the NPS will explain the planning process, share preliminary options, answer your questions, and gather your ideas for Mt. Wanda. Once we have refined the range of initial ideas with public input and can analyze the potential impacts, we will initiate the formal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.
We look forward to hearing from you! Your participation is a key component of this
Chief of Resource Management and Planning
510-232-1542, ext. 6641