California Conservation Success Stories

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Red Rock Ranch

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Red Rock RanchJohn Diener’s Red Rock Ranch consists of approximately 5,000 acres in Fresno County. He farms an array of high value row crops, using innovative approaches to land, water, and wildlife management.

 

Thomson International, Inc.

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Thomson International, Inc.Jeff Thomson’s great-grandfather, C.B. Crawford, began farming near his 160-acre homestead in 1888. After the farm’s water source ran dry, he became a market duck hunter on Jerry Slough, 40 miles west of Bakersfield. With money saved from duck sales, C.B. bought several farming parcels that are still farmed by the Thomson family today.

 

Sierra Orchards

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Sierra OrchardsCraig McNamara’s 450-acre Sierra Orchards is a diversified farming operation that includes field, processing, and marketing operations and produces organic walnuts and grape rootstock. Sierra Orchards is proof that an agricultural operation is able to be green without going into the red.

 

Three Creeks Ranch

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Three Creeks RanchChet Vogt’s Three Creeks Ranch in Glenn County is a 5,300 acre 500 cow/calf operation. The core of Chet’s holistic approach to ranching is intensive managed grazing, which rotates the cattle among 32 fenced paddocks.

 

A Promising Future For a California Plant Once Believed Extinct

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How a Southern California developer helped save the San Fernando Valley spineflower

 

Sweet Present, Rich Past

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Berry grower embraces conservation and history

 

A Marriage of Opposites

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Nadya Seal Faith is a conservation biologist with the Santa Barbara Zoo; Luke Faith is a foreman for Seneca Resources Inc., an oil-production company.

 

A Cud Above

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Through a public-private agreement, the ranchers graze their cattle on a 719-acre vernal pool grassland at the Warm Springs unit of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. With this pact, they’re keeping alive a ranching and land conservation heritage spanning four generations. The grazing, in turn, offers a host of benefits for endangered species at the seasonal pond.

 

Serenity In The Slough

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with partners to recover the southern sea otter and educate the public about their important role in our coastal ecosystems.