Category: Ranches

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Willow Creek Ranch

The Willow Creek Ranch is a beautiful beef cattle ranch that contains a haven for California’s federally threatened and endangered species and provides a significant water source for major cities in the region.

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Sagehorn-Russell Ranch

The Sagehorn-Russell Ranch is nestled among the hills and mountains of Mendocino County and is rich in trees, plants, and wildlife. The 5,241-acre ranch has an important place in history as it is where Memorial Rock is found. The inscribed rock has served as a sacred landmark for Native Americans and later by the Sagehorns in 1948 when they acquired the property.

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Keegan Ranch

The Keegan Ranch is an active cattle ranch surrounded by native oak woodlands, wildlife corridors, hundreds of different species of wildflowers, and critical watersheds. It has been owned and operated by the Keegan Family since 1880 and in 2016, landowner Jim Keegan partnered with the California Rangeland Trust to conserve the scenic 2,500-acre ranch.

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Marciel Ranch

The conservation project on the Marciel Ranch reflects the importance of balancing the need for increased housing development with the need for conserving the working lands that livestock and wildlife call home. In order to offset the effects of housing development in the bay area, 158 acres of the Marciel Ranch were conserved in 2017 through a conservation easement held by the Rangeland Trust. This agreement ensures that the property will continue to provide vibrant habitat for the federally listed California red legged frog and California tiger salamander.

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Apple Road Ranch

Apple Road Ranch Sacramento County Permanently Protecting Vernal Pool Habitat Situated on the western side of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, the 239-acre Apple Road Ranch is a mitigation easement owned by Westervelt and leased out for cattle grazing. The property provides high quality natural and established habitat for vernal

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Wilmar Ranch

The Wilmar Ranch is in Monterey County and is approximately 2,100 acres in size. The ranch neighbors an 11,000-acre property that has also been conserved by the Rangeland Trust. With proceeds from the conservation agreement on the Wilmar Ranch, the ranch owners were able to reacquire most of the ranch, which had been originally put together by previous generations year ago.

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Van Vleck Ranch

The Van Vleck Ranch sits directly across the highway from 3,000 homes. While the Van Vlecks had an opportunity to sell the ranch for development, they instead made the decision to preserve the ranch for future generations. In 2017 and 2019, the Van Vlecks worked with the Rangeland Trust to conserve 285 acres and 450 acres respectively. Both were mitigation projects, funded by private developers, to offset nearby developmental impacts on habitat.

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Rominger Ranch

A few years ago, the Rominger family’s farm was almost divided when the Bruce and Rick Rominger’s second cousins decided to part with their share of the land. Searching for a way to keep the property intact, the Rominger brothers partnered with the California Rangeland Trust to permanently conserve a portion of the property. In 2018 and 2019, they completed the sale of two conservation easements on a large segment of their family’s ranch consisting of 2,376 acres, nearly all of it rangeland.

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Oak Canyon Ranch

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.

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Rock Front Ranch

The Rock Front Ranch stands as the western gateway to the Cuyama Valley. The ranch provides a critical wildlife corridor for animals needing to reach larger conserved territories in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura Counties. The land preserved includes a wildlife underpass connecting the Los Padres National Forest and the Cuyama Valley, which allows passage between them without animals having to cross busy Highway 166 that cuts through the region.

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