Development Rights at Two Humboldt County Ranches Bought
But all that could change. Pressure to develop housing subdivisions and convert large working lands into smaller “ranchettes” is a growing threat that could fragment vital lands and waters. To abate this threat, The Nature Conservancy and the Northcoast Regional Land Trust (NRLT) have formed a new collaboration to help both groups better protect the North Coast’s watersheds, wildlife and local economies.
Collaborating to Produce Results
In August 2006, the Conservancy helped NRLT purchase conservation easements on two working ranches in
“It makes sense to work together,” says George Yandell, director of the Conservancy’s North Coast Project. “Our two organizations have similar missions and a shared vision for conservation in the
Jim Petruzzi, executive director of the Northcoast Regional Land Trust (NRLT), agrees.
“We can get a lot more done together,” says Petruzzi. “Working collaboratively means we can share our strengths and resources.”
Since forming in 2000, NRLT has achieved notable success with the protection of more than 6,300 acres of working landscapes and natural areas in the region. Their strong reputation has resulted in a waiting list of landowners interested in donating conservation easements.
“We have a problem of riches,” jokes Petruzzi, “just like the
Purchase of conservation easements at the Iaqua Ranch and Price Creek Ranch are just the beginning. Over the next year, The Nature Conservancy and NRLT will draft a conservation action plan for the region and work on more easement transactions. By working together, The Nature Conservancy and the Northcoast Regional Land Trust will be more effective and efficient at protecting the
“In five years time, I hope we’ll see a lot more easements in the
Story on Garcia watershed purchase in 2005: http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/california/press/press1824.html