California Rangeland Trust worked with the landowner and The Trust for Public Land on the acquisition of this 17,000-acre conservation easement, the centerpiece of our Diablo Range Project. The Varian family requested that California Rangeland Trust become the easement holder because the “organization understands the needs of the ranching community because its creation has grown from the grassroots of the agricultural world.”

In addition to being at the center of one of the most productive grazing regions in the state, the V6 Ranch includes significant oak woodlands and other unique and important natural values. Financial supporters of this project included the California Wildlife Conservation Board, California Department of Transportation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. California Rangeland Trust will monitor compliance with the easement and work with the Varian family to identify private and government programs offering support for weed management, livestock productivity and wildlife habitat improvements.