Alameda County Waste Management Authority Ranch

Alameda County

Mitigation Project Protects Critical Wildlife Habitat

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (ACWMA) Ranch is a working cattle ranch that contains the perfect habitat for endangered species like the San Joaquin kit fox, burrowing owl, California red-legged frog, California tiger salamander, and many others. The property has been owned by ACWMA since the early 1990’s.

In 2018, California Rangeland Trust partnered with Golden Hills Ecological Preserve to develop a mitigation agreement on the ranch. The agreement is part of a larger network of conserved ranches with mitigation easements through the Rangeland Trust. The project offsets environmental impacts associated with replacing wind turbines and associated infrastructure with more efficient models. These wind turbines provide renewable energy to Google Headquarters and Kaiser Permanente Medical Office in the Silicon Valley area.