The Mendocino Land Trust (www.mendocinolandtrust.org) purchased a 1,689-acre conservation easement from the Golden Rule Church Association on the historic Ridgewood Ranch in Willits, California on June 14, 2007. The conservation easement permanently conserves conifer forest, oak woodland and rangeland on Ridgewood Ranch along with 4.75 miles of fish-bearing streams, seven miles of tributary creeks, a “wet meadow” and a vernal pool. Funded by a grant from the California Wildlife Conservation Board, the $2 million purchase price for the Oak Woodlands conservation easement was substantially less than market value and represented a significant bargain sale from the landowner.
A small spectacular stand of old growth redwoods and mature second growth redwood forest are now permanently protected on the historic Ridgewood Ranch, near Willits, through collaboration with the landowner and the local Mendocino Land Trust.
Save the Redwoods League partnership protects ancient Redwoods 33 Acres at Ridgewood Ranch. Together with the Mendocino Land Trust, the League has protected some of the few remaining ancient redwoods in Mendocino County. www.savetheredwoods.org