In December 2010, The Northern California Regional Land Trust acquired a 3,356-acre conservation easement on the Burrows Ranch in western Tehama County. The Ranch is managed “holistically” with the purpose being “diversity of enterprises” and capturing as much sunlight energy as possible. The conservation easement encourages agricultural production, cattle grazing and habitat protection, and directly supports a diversified and vibrant agriculture and agro-tourism operation. Conservation values protected by the easement include thousands of acres of blue oak woodland and savannah, as well as annual grassland, working farmland, chamise-redshank chaparral, spring-fed wetlands, intermittent and perennial streams, riparian habitat along Red Bank Creek and North Fork Elder Creek, scenic open space, and habitat supporting several special-status species including valley elderberry longhorn beetle, foothill yellow-legged frog, and California red-legged frog. The project is also contiguous with land owned by the Bureau of Land Management and Mendocino National Forest, providing an essential buffer to help prevent the area from being compromised by incompatible land use. Funding for the purchase of the conservation easement was provided by the California Wildlife Conservation Board’s Oak Woodland Protection Program. Additional support was provided by Defenders of Wildlife, CAL FIRE, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition, California Cattlemen’s Association, California Department of Fish and Game, and The Nature Conservancy.

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