Yolo Land & Cattle Co.

Yolo County

Conservation-minded family permanently protects their ranching operations

On March 25, 2005, Yolo Land & Cattle Co. placed approximately 6,983 acres into a land preservation agreement to be held by California Rangeland Trust.The Yolo Land & Cattle Co. Ranch is part of the Blue Ridge-Berryessa Natural Area which covers over 500,000 acres of inner-coastal rangeland and contains a unique assemblage of ecological communities.The ranch, studded with ponds and other wetlands, natural stream courses and waterways, and unfragmented open space, provides habitat for native common and rare plants.Supporters of the project anticipate that this preservation agreement will serve as a catalyst to promote future conservation projects in Yolo County, where there is strong, long-term local political support for private conservation efforts of all kinds.The conservation agreement with family owned and operated Yolo Land & Cattle Co. will allow the owners to continue their innovative stewardship practices and entrepreneurial marketing techniques.The project was funded by the California Wildlife Conservation Board and the Great Valley Center.