Preserve Lamorinda Open Space


The John Muir Land Trust (JMLT) has secured an extraordinary opportunity to purchase the 84-acre Painted Rocks parcel, at the intersection of Rheem and Moraga Rd., provided it can raise $2 million by May 31, 2019.

Long envisioned for housing and commercial development, the beautiful Painted Rocks parcel is among the most visible, beloved, and iconic open space vistas in Moraga.

If purchased by JMLT, the property will become permanently protected from development and open to the public for hiking access, while serving as a gateway to a much larger 505 acre open space preserve to include the Palos Colorados and Bellavista open space areas as well.

JMLT needs your help to make this dream become reality. So far it has raised $1.8 million, but must raise $200,000 more by May 31, 2019.

People throughout the community—including PLOS—are doing all they can to help this conservation dream come true. PLOS and several of its generous supporters have pooled resources to create a $7,000 matching gift available right now.

If you’ve already made a donation to JMLT to save the Painted Rocks, thank you so much! If you haven’t yet done so, or would like to make an additional donation to get this project over the finish line, give now and your donation will be doubled.

Visit JMLT's website to make a secure online donation or get information about sending a check.

For donations by check, please write “Painted Rocks” on the memo line, or if donating online, use the “special purpose” field near the bottom to earmark your gift for the Painted Rocks.

The benefits of this successful acquisition include:

To understand just how special this opportunity truly is, visit JMLT's website, to see gorgeous photos and fly-over video of this stunningly beautiful area.

Please contribute what you can today to protect this magnificent land, and your gift will be doubled!

JMLT also welcomes donations via donor advised funds, retirement accounts, stocks, etc. Contact Krista Vossekuil, JMLT Director of Philanthropy, 925-228-5040,, for assistance.

Together we can capture this rare opportunity to preserve a key open space area--in its entirety--for current and future generations of people and wildlife to enjoy. Thank you!

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