In June 2011, The Land Trust acquired a 146-acre agricultural conservation easement on the Comanche Creek property in northwestern Butte County in an unincorporated area approximately four-tenths of a mile south of the City of Chico and its Agricultural Greenline. The property has recently been planted with walnuts, but prior to that, it was an almond orchard. The purpose of the agricultural conservation easement is to enable the property to remain in productive agricultural use by preventing uses of the property that will impair or interfere with its agricultural productive capacity, its soils, and its agricultural character, values, and utility. Funding for the purchase of the agricultural conservation easement was provided by the Department of Conservation’s California Farmland Conservancy Program and the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program.

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