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Cultural Landscape Report
John Muir National Historic Site

The cultural landscape report for the John Muir National Historic Site provides a preservation strategy for the treatment and long-term management of the landscape, and documents the significance of this National Historic Landmark, once the home of John Muir, America 's most famous and influential naturalist and conservationist. From this location, Muir worked to prevent the damming of Yosemite National Park 's Hetch Hetchy Valley, served as the first president and one of the founding members of the Sierra Club, assisted in establishing several national parks, and wrote many articles and numerous books expounding on the virtues of conservation and the natural world.

Since 1964, and in advance of suburban development, the National Park Service has acquired over 336 acres of the original 2,300-acre ranch, including the family home, remnant orchards and vineyards, and the 1849 Martinez Adobe, all near the Alhambra Valley and Mt. Wanda, named after Muir's daughter, who used to walk with him through the forested and grassland-covered hillsides.

 

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(Photo) Plum orchard and vineyard at John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California