In March 2005 Yolo Land & Cattle Company and the California Rangeland Trust finalized a conservation agreement that will preserve 6,983 acres of ranchland in Yolo County. The California Wildlife Conservation Board and the Great Valley Center provided funding for the land conservation agreement. Yolo Land & Cattle Company will continue to be owned by Hank Stone and his sons Casey and Scott and be operated as a family-run business.
Yolo Land & Cattle Company is part of the Blue Ridge-Berryessa Natural Area (BRBNA) which covers over 500,000 acres of inner-coastal rangeland and contains unique ecological communities. Over the years, the Stone family has worked to enhance the natural resources on their ranch through a wide array of partnerships with conservation organizations and federal, state and local agencies. The conservation agreement continues the family’s desire to permanently preserve the open space and habitat of the ranch.
In October 2014, California Rangeland Trust awarded the Stone Family of Yolo County the Conservationist of the Year Award at their yearly fundraiser, A Western Affair. The Rangeland Trust awards this honor to an individual or family that models sustainable conservation practices on ranchlands. For decades, the Stone Family has been blazing a trail in preserving natural resources and wildlife habitats on their 7,500-acre ranch, Yolo Land and Cattle Company, while being true innovators in their cattle ranching operation.
In June 2015, the Boys and Girls club of Sacramento headed out to Yolo Land and Cattle Co. for a day filled with fun, laughter, and sunshine courtesy of Raley’s to learn about working Cattle Ranches.