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Preservation Ranch Earns Its Name

The Conservation Fund purchases nearly 20,000 acres of timberland and creates the largest protected working forest in California

June 3, 2013
The Conservation Fund

Looking east on Preservation Ranch (The Conservation Fund)

In a high-profile win for forestry, a public-private partnership led by The Conservation Fund has completed the largest conservation project in the history of Sonoma County. Together with its partners, the Fund has purchased and protected the 19,645-acre Preservation Ranch property, a vast forested parcel threatened by development and vineyard conversion. The Fund will sustainably manage the land for timber, carbon sequestration and restoration of coho salmon habitat.

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“By protecting Preservation Ranch, we are fulfilling a goal we set more than a decade ago,” remarks Chris Kelly, California Program Director with The Conservation Fund. “These iconic redwood and Douglas fir forests provide not only timber, but also jobs, cleaner water, cleaner air and critical habitat for dozens of species. They simply can’t be replaced, and we’re gratified that so many partners and public supporters have joined us in protecting these lands for their environmental and economic benefit.”

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Preservation Ranch, TCF mapPreservation Ranch Acquisition
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Redwood forest on the Artesa Annapolis property
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