East Bay park district accepts livestock grazing proposals

Tuesday November 12, 2002

The East Bay Regional Park District is seeking written proposals for livestock grazing on 2,860 acres at Black Diamond Regional Preserve in Antioch. 

The park district uses livestock grazing as a “resource management tool” on approximately two-thirds of the 93,000 acres of parkland it owns in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. 

Local ranchers contract with the park district to lease land where they may allow their cattle to graze, under controlled conditions intended to achieve fire prevention goals and to benefit plant and animal life. 

A mandatory field tour to familiarize prospective applicants with the grazing unit and to answer questions will be held Nov. 15. Applicants should meet at the Black Diamond park office at 9 a.m. 

A Request for Livestock Grazing Proposal, which explains the application process, may be obtained by contacting Ray Budzinksi at (510) 544-2344.