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The Goat Mountain properties, acquired in 2011, consist of a total 664 acre located on the south flank of Goat Mountain in the upper North Fork Cache Creek drainage above Indian Valley Reservoir. Elevations range from about 1800 feet to nearly 5,000 feet. The properties located in Lake County are an in-holding in the Mendocino National Forest.
The properties were transferred from John Olmstead’s organization California Institute of Man in Nature after the title was mostly cleared of 30 folks on 4 Deeds of Trust. Most of these folks donated their interest in the property in honor of John Olmsted’s conservation legacy. John died in 2011 knowing that these lands were protected.
John acquired the property as a “bead on a necklace” on his proposal for a Mendocino to Tahoe cross California trail along the 39th Parallel or generally along Highway 20. The properties sit on a large ancient landslide. The rotational movement of the slide has created a ‘lumpy” landscape with springs, wetland areas, and riparian habitat. There are also open prairies, chaparral habitat and timber on the properties.
Tuleyome intern Tony Perkins, a UC Davis Landscape Architecture student, has collected and organized much of the available information on the property in his report, “Tuleyome-Goat Mountain: Cultural Richness and Biological Diversity of the Goat Mountain Parcels.”
This is truly a beautiful place to explore. Going forward we hope to train docents who can lead trips sot that all of our members and the public may enjoy this special place. It protects the south side of Goat Mountain from logging, enhancing water quality of the north fork of Cache Creek. The property hosts a variety of habitat and Tuleyome’s acquisition of this ranch will protect its values into the future.
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