The rehabilitation of an existing, approximately 1,545 square foot single family dwelling at the center of the 816-acre historic Marks Ranch property in Monterey County in order to convert said structure into a public Marks Ranch Nature Education Center (MRNEC) with parking. The place-based MRNEC facility will contain interactive exhibits open to the public to interpret (1) oak woodlands; (2) the Ohlone Indian lifeways; (3) the wildlife corridor which runs though the property; (4) the riparian systems; and (5) the sustainability of home construction. In addition, the MRNEC facility will accommodate a park office for a park ranger and naturalist to provide security and maintenance for the structure, to assure controlled public access, and to personally expand upon the exhibit's descriptions of the natural and cultural feature found at Marks Ranch for the public. The rehabilitation of the subject ranch dwelling will also comply with Secretary of Interior Standards for historic rehabilitation, for the structure has been subject to a Phase 1 historical Assessment and designed a local historic resource identified as the Andrew Marks House ("Marks House").
Cal FireCalifornia Department of Parks and RecreationCalifornia Highway PatrolCaltrans, District 5Caltrans, Division of AeronauticsDepartment of Fish and Wildlife, Region 4Department of Toxic Substances ControlDepartment of Water ResourcesNative American Heritage CommissionOffice of Historic PreservationRegional Water Quality Control Board, Region 3Resources Agency