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Existing Ridgewood Ranch Programs
  • Rehabilitation and preservation of Seabiscuit's Stud Barn with the Willits Rotary Club.
  • Planning with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to secure historic preservation easements for the historic sites at Ridgewood Ranch.
  • Historic walking tours with the Willits Chamber of Commerce to educate the public about the history of the Ranch.
  • Museum exhibit, "Ridgewood Ranch: Home of Seabiscuit," with the Mendocino County Museum.
  • Therapeutic riding program for special needs children with the Mendocino County 4-H Club.
  • Watershed conservation program with California Department of Fish and Game and the Natural Resources Conservation District of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Conservation Easement planning with the Mendocino Land Trust, including a California Department of Conservation pledge of $1 million to preserve prime farmland.
  • 100 year sustainable forestry management plan with California Department of Forestry.
  • Research with the University of California on rare environmental sites including vernal pools.
  • A 5-acre organic Bio-intensive garden training program with Ecology Action.
  • A 2-acre u-pick orchard with the Butler Cherry Ranch Project.
  • Veterinary science and livestock projects with Willits 4-H Club.
Potential Ridgewood Ranch Programs
  • Restoration and preservation of the RanchÕs many historic sites, including those related to Seabiscuit, Charles Howard, and his thoroughbred operation.
  • Horse-related programming and events, including:
    • Thoroughbred Retirement Center caring for "throw away" race horses. ( Many of these horses are still exported for slaughter)
    • Interpretive ranch riding experiences such as a ride around the re-creation of Charles Howard's half-track.
    • Construction of an indoor riding arena to expand the therapeutic riding program.
  • Expand historic programming through:
    • Production of living history programs such as blacksmith demonstrations, butter churning and other historic ranching activities.
    • Creation of elementary and secondary school programs to teach children about the history of the ranch.
    • Establishment of an interpretive center/museum about the history and environment of the Ranch.
    • Development of eco-tourism program such as docent-led nature walks, bird watching, garden and farm tours, and riparian area demonstrations.
    • Sponsorship of educational workshops with a focus on animal husbandry, blacksmithing, painting, and photography.
    • Additional historical, archaeological, and environmental research projects in conjunction local colleges and California universities.

Implementation of purposed future programs are dependent on funding sources, public interest and involvement.



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