Beautiful Image: Tejon Ranch Poppies & Lupine

Tejon

Photo by Dean Hueber of Tejon Ranch Poppies & Lupine

Link: Sierra Magazine – Sierra Club.

The Tejon Ranch Company agreed in May [2008] to preserve 90 percent of its 270,000 acres north of Los Angeles. The largest contiguous parcel of privately held land in California, the ranch sits at the confluence of four ecosystems (the Sierra Nevada, Mojave Desert, Coastal Range, and San Joaquin Valley) and provides vital habitat for the endangered California condor. The company agreed to permanently protect 178,000 acres, set aside another 62,000 for public purchase, and contribute $800,000 annually for seven years to fund conservation. In exchange, the Sierra Club and its allies won’t oppose planned resort and residential projects on 30,000 acres.