Rangeland Trust celebrates 25 years of conservation

davis enterprise - June 13, 2023

Last month, the California Rangeland Trust celebrated the fruits of its labor, commemorating 25 years of rangeland conservation at its signature event, A Western Affair. 

Trust, family preserve 4,500 acres in south San Benito County

Hollister Free Lance - June 6, 2023

The Sans Topo Ranch in San Benito County, which has been owned and managed by five generations of the Sans family since 1926, will be preserved in its current state forever after the California Rangeland Trust purchased a conservation easement for the property. 

Walker Basin rancher conserves 'treasure trove' of land

ABC 23 - April 12, 2023

When heading out to the Kern County mountains, travelers may see rolling hills, lush green grass, and sprawling ranches. Many residents are trying to keep it that way.

NCBA's Cattlemen to Cattlemen

RFD TV - April 11, 2023

Farmers and ranchers are using many different tools and management practices to protect the land they love. We’ll explain how conservation easements work – and how they can be used to keep land in agricultural production.

Kern County rancher continues partnership to preserve land

ABC 23 - March 31, 2023

A Kern County rancher has announced his continued partnership with California Rangeland Trust in order to protect about 65 acres of rangeland.

Conservation agreement protects Walker Basin grazing land from development

Bakersfield Californian - March 29, 2023

The amount of grazing land being put off limits to development in the southern Sierra Nevada has expanded with a deal announced Wednesday adding 65 acres to a swath now 14 times that size that conservationists say will serve as a permanent corridor for local wildlife, among other key benefits.

By saving endangered species, this Bay Area cattle rancher also saved his family farm

SF Gate - July 20, 2022

Tim Koopmann was desperate. The year was 1991, and Koopmann’s father, Herman Jr., had suddenly died before the two could set up a formal plan of succession for the Alameda County ranch that had been in the family for three generations.

Cal Fire teams up with landowners to reduce threat of wildfire

Union Democrat - June 21, 2022

Two recent prescribed burns in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties are examples of how private landowners and Cal Fire can team up to reduce the intensity of large, damaging blazes.

It’s Wildfire Awareness Month – Time to Bring in the Cattle & Sheep. A New Film Highlights the Importance of Conserving Rangeland to Help Prevent Catastrophic Wildfires and Maintain Wildlife Habitat and Clean Water.

Yahoo Finance - May 4, 2022

How can well-managed rangelands mitigate the effects of California’s devastating wildfires? A new film by California Rangeland Trust shares how livestock grazing and working lands conservation and management can be important tools for fire prevention. 

California to Overhaul Farmland Conservation Program

AgriPulse - February 2, 2022

With the state’s ongoing budget surplus, the Newsom administration is looking to revamp California’s program for Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation (SALC). Years of adjustments to the program have led to a complex application process that often screens out the prime farmland the state seeks to protect.

Mitigation Project in West Roseville Marries Land Conservation with Residential Development

Business news this week - january 07, 2021

Today, the California Rangeland Trust announced the permanent conservation of 87 acres of open space in West Roseville, known as the Creekview Northern Preserve. 

Grant awarded to conserve rangeland in the Gabilans near Salinas

Monterey Herald - December 17, 2020

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the awarding of a $376,000 grant through Walmart’s Acres for America program that will conserve more than 9,000 acres of rangeland in the Gabilan Range outside Salinas.

Erik Gregersen's volunteer work emphasizes history, land preservation

Lompoc Record - December 12, 2020

Through a life of international travel, corporate promotion and entrepreneurial success, Santa Ynez Valley served as Erik Gregersen’s anchor.

Salinas cattle ranch to be protected from development thanks to a grant from Walmart

The Californians - December 9, 2020

The California Rangeland Trust, a ranching conservation organization, will work to conserve 9,418 acres of land in the Gabilan Mountain Range thanks to a grant from Walmart’s Acres for America program.


California Ag Today - August 4, 2020

Working lands conservation by California’s largest land trust annually provides between $900 million to $1.44 billion in environmental benefits — including habitat, carbon sequestration, food and watersheds, according to a new study released today.

You can put a price tag on environmental and economic returns from protecting rangeland

CalMatters - August 6, 2020

As California continues to respond to the challenges of COVID-19, some people are cautiously venturing out into the state’s abundance of open spaces, while hopefully wearing masks, maintaining social distancing and practicing other safe behaviors. 

Protect California Farms, Ranches

The Independent - May 28, 2020

As a land of fertile soil, gorgeous weather and ideal terrain, California feeds our nation and the world.

Land Trust Preserves Habitats and Families

The Independent - May 14, 2020

The beautiful rolling hills surrounding the Tri-Valley region are emblematic a trademark of California’s golden beauty.

Rock Front Ranch permanently conserved for wildlife, grazing by CRT

Santa Maria Times - April 7, 2020

The 300-acre Rock Front Ranch east of Santa Maria will be conserved as a haven for wildlife and grazing land for livestock.

California Rangeland Trust CEO to depart

Santa Ynez Valley Star - March 17, 2020

California Rangeland Trust announced Feb. 18 that after 20 years of service CEO Nita Vail will leave her position at the end of April. The Rangeland Trust has tapped Michael Delbar, who currently serves as the chief operating officer, as Vail’s successor.

California Rangeland Trust Holds Gathering

Santa Barbara Independent - February 27, 2020

On February 20, about 200 guests, many of them ranchers from Santa Barbara and surrounding counties, gathered at the Santa Barbara Club for an event put on by the California Rangeland Trust (CRT). 

Seen Around Town

Montecito Journal - February 20, 2020

“Reunir is a Spanish word meaning ‘to gather’; to bring together friends whose collective passion, ideas, and commitment is making a legendary difference serving the land.

Have the Tough Conversations: Koopmann Family Ranch Transfer

Capital Press - Apr 26, 2019

“The toughest thing anyone is going to have to do is go to their parents and say: You’re going to die one day and, can we talk about it?” This is Tim Koopmann’s signature quote, learned the hard way—both Tim’s grandfather and father died suddenly with limited estate planning in place.

Western Affair 2019: Celebrating Cattle, Corks, and Conservation at Wente

The Independent - April 11, 2019

California Rangeland Trust is hosting its annual A Western Affair gala this summer, bringing together urban and rural communities to conserve our state’s precious rangelands and the benefits they provide.

Celebration honors conservation agreement protecting Hearst Ranch from development

The Cambrian - APRIL 09, 2019

Dozens near Sebastian’s General Store in Old San Simeon Village on Saturday, April 6, to honor the 83,000-acre Hearst Ranch and the 2005 conservation agreement that protects the land.

‘Pictures don’t really do it justice’: Shell Creek may be SLO County’s best wildflower spot

The Sac Bee - MARCH 29, 2019

Visitors have been checking out the wildflowers along Shell Creek Road and Highway 58 for years — but they may not have known the land is actually part of a century-old family ranch.

CA Rangeland Trust Holds Gathering

The Independent - FEB 28, 2019

On February 21, about 200 guests, many of them ranchers from Santa Barbara and surrounding counties, gathered at the Santa Barbara Club to celebrate and learn more about the California Rangeland Trust (CRT). 

California Rangeland Trust announces conservation of land at SkyRose Ranch in South County

The Monterey Herald - January 10, 2019

“SkyRose Ranch demonstrates the importance of caring for and serving the land, so it can serve the community in return,” said Nita Vail, Rangeland Trust CEO, in a press release. “Conserving the ranch not only protects our shared resources—clean air to breathe, fresh water to drink, healthy food to eat, and beautiful open spaces to cherish— it also serves as a magical place for our nation’s servicemen to find restoration and hope.

Calaveras High School agricultural students get a taste of “farm to fork”

The Calaveras Enterprise - Oct 10, 2018

In September, Calaveras High School agricultural students were given the opportunity to take a unique field trip, which included a tour of a local farm and Raley’s supermarket, to gain an overall understanding and taste of the “farm-to-fork” process.

Local Boys & Girls Clubs Enjoy Outings To Ranch & Raley's

Patch - Sep 20, 2018

Sacramento, CA—The California Rangeland Trust, a non-profit dedicated to preserving ranches and open space, recently treated a youth group from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County to tours of a Raley’s supermarket and the Oak Ridge Angus ranch in Calistoga.

California Director Documents Rangeland Conservation In New Film

MSN - Sep 18, 2018

CALIFORNIA — A new documentary by a California director explores how residents can protect the Golden State’s open spaces through restorative grazing, carbon storage, renewable energy, wildfire prevention and other practices.

New film celebrates environmental benefits of cattle grazing

BEEF - Sep 10, 2018

Cattle grazing is a critical component to sustainable and regenerative land management. A new film will show viewers how.

Program Teaches Kids Where Food Comes From

BEEF - Sep 10, 2018

The California Rangeland Trust partnered with Raley’s Family of Fine Stores to host an educational tour for Sunol Glen Elementary sixth grade class to visit their neighborhood Raley’s Supermarket and the Koopmann Ranch in Sunol.

California Director Documents Rangeland Conservation In New Film

AG Daily - Sep 04, 2018

Conservation is key for so many ranchers. The California Rangeland Trust wants to help spotlight that fact — and to show that rangelands can help heal our planet — with its short film titled, “A Common Ground.”

California Rangeland Trust protecting ranches through use of conservation easements

Bakersfield - Aug 20, 2018

What began two decades ago as a mere concept proposed by a group of innovative cattlemen has grown into the largest land trust in California.

The California Rangeland Trust: Protecting Land and Preserving Western Heritage

The Huffington Post - Dec 06, 2017

Rick Laymen’s beautiful hand tooled saddle bags were stocked with stainless steel wine glasses, a wooden cheese board, wine opener and three classic Santa Ynez Valley wines.

Sinton family preserves 12,000-acre ranch near Pozo

San Luis Obispo - OCT 17, 2017

A Pozo-area family recently negotiated an easement to preserve more than 12,000 acres of rangeland in eastern San Luis Obispo County.

Van Vleck Ranch

Good Day - 1 YEAR AGO

Protecting land

New Times SLO - OCT 12, 2017

About 20 miles east of the city of San Luis Obispo lies about 12,200 acres of newly protected rangeland.