Mendocino County Ranch's Development Rights Purchased
The Mendocino Land Trust has purchased a 1,689-acre conservation easement from the Golden Rule Church Association on the historic Ridgewood Ranch in
“We are delighted to have conserved the Ranch’s oak woodlands, and we could not have achieved this milestone without the support of the California Wildlife Conservation Board and a generous donation of value by the landowner, the Golden Rule Church Association, “ said Mendocino Land Trust Executive Director James Bernard.
Ridgewood Ranch has eight types of oaks and 2,250 acres of oak woodlands in total.
The California Wildlife Conservation Board provided a grant to the Land Trust for the acquisition of the conservation easement on the oak woodlands and associated costs. “We were very pleased to provide funding to the Mendocino Land Trust to protect the oak woodlands of Ridgewood Ranch,” said WCB Executive Director John Donnelly. “We are excited to see the pieces coming together to conserve this beautiful Ranch.”
The conservation easement includes 4.75 miles of Riparian Protection Area that follows portions of
The conservation easement calls for 15 days of limited public access for passive recreation at no charge to the public that will be in addition to the six days of public access to the Ridgewood Ranch Redwoods Conservation Easement that was completed in March 2005. The Oak Woodlands Conservation Easement will completely surround a large second growth redwoods grove, which was been conserved with the assistance of the Save-the-Redwoods League.
The total purchase price of conservation easements protecting the Ranch’s redwoods, working agricultural lands, oak woodlands, working forestland, and transportation corridor is $6 million, covering some 4,500 acres of land, including nearly 5 miles of steelhead creeks, 2,250 acres of oak woodlands, and 3.5 miles of frontage on Highway 101. To date, the Mendocino Land Trust has received funding commitments from state and federal sources for $4.8 million.
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