Rangeland on the verge of development conserved forever.
In 2020, the 3,256-acre Oak Canyon Ranch in Calaveras County was permanently conserved. The land has been primarily undeveloped rangeland used for livestock grazing since 1916 and provides significant conservation values: open space, agricultural productive capacity, natural habitat and future agricultural viability. The conserved area also represents a stronghold against encroaching tract home development, thereby preserving valuable natural resources and open space viewsheds of the Sierra Nevada foothills along State Highway 4. The conserved land also provides potential nesting habitat for golden eagles and bald eagles. Conservation of this Oak Canyon Ranch protects valuable blue oak woodland and open grassland habitat, grazing uses, seasonal wetlands and riparian habitat, and wildlife habitat connectivity from being converted to large-scale development.