More on the Expansion of SLO's Montana de Oro State Park
for full press release:
San Luis Obispo, California — December 5, 2008 — The Nature Conservancy and California State Parks today announced the protection of Andre Ranch, a 1,902-acre property located in the Irish Hills. Working closely with the Andre family, The Nature Conservancy purchased a conservation easement on approximately 1,172 acres of the ranch to permanently protect it from development. State Parks’ acquisition of the remaining 730 acres at the southern part of the ranch will be added to Montaña de Oro State Park and will be open for public access.
The Andre family will continue ranching operations that are consistent with maintaining healthy wildlife habitats and a clean water supply system. This is the latest in a series of joint projects between The Nature Conservancy and State Parks that have conserved over 3,200 acres of rolling hills, diverse coastal habitat and pristine watersheds in the region. More than 2,000 acres have been added to Montaña de Oro State Park and will be part of a 20-mile coastal trail planned by State Parks. An additional 1,500 acres jointly owned by The Nature Conservancy and Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County is currently proposed to be acquired by State Parks....