State Funding Protects East Merced County Vernal Pool Grasslands With Critically Threatened Species and Habitat
“We appreciate the opportunity to be part of this project that protects not only tremendous vernal pool habitat but at the same time keeps the benefits of the ranching operation intact,” said
The Ichord Ranch sits within the Merced Grasslands, one of the largest and most intact vernal pool grasslands habitat in the world. Eleven state or federally listed threatened or endangered species are known to be on the Ranch, such as: succulent owl’s-clover, San Joaquin Valley Orcutt grass,
Paul continued, “It has taken over five years to complete this project and it was an enormous struggle to stay with it. But this easement gives our family a new future. Working with our partners such as the Wildlife Conservation Board and the Rangeland Trust has made this project very worthwhile.”
The Ranch will continue to be privately owned and operated by the current landowners, and will remain on the County tax records.
SOURCE California Rangeland Trust