Public opinions on Mount Wanda sought

The National Park Service is welcoming public comment Saturday about what its future plans for Mount Wanda should be.

This is the second opportunity residents and visitors will have to weigh in on plans for the Mount Wanda unit of John Muir National Historic Site. The first took place last month on John Muir’s birthday and Earth Day celebration at the site.

Mount Wanda is a 330-acre portion of the historic site, the Martinez ranch where Muir lived.

Visitors can wander places where Muir walked on Mount Wanda, and the park services is planning additional opportunities for visitors.

The park service wants to hear public comment on functions, capital needs and ways to manage resources. In addition, people can make suggestions about how Mount Wanda should nconnect5 to other areas of the park and the local community.

“The Mount Wanda portion of the historic site provides an opportunity to experience some of the wildness that Muir reveled in as he conceived ideas for his many writings, and spent time with his family, said Acting Superintendent Sue Fritzke.

Comments will be accepted through June 15 through the web page In addition, they may comment in person from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Strentzel Creek. Those planning to attend that meeting need to contact Jim MacDonald at the John Muir National Historic Site by calling 925-228-8860, extension 6431, Fritzke said in her statement.

Those interested may contact Paul Scolari, chief of resource management and planning, 510-232-1542 extension 6641 or visit

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