Walmart Acres for America program protects Salinas cattle ranch
The California Rangeland Trust, a livestock conservation organization, will work to conserve 9,418 acres of land in the Gabilan Mountain Range through a grant from Walmart’s Acres for America program.
The Gabilan Mountain Range is found in the Southern California Coast Range System and is located in Monterey County.
“Healthy societies, resilient economies and thriving businesses depend on nature to provide food, products and services,” said Hunter Hart, vice president of real estate, Walmart US, according to a press release. from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
The California Rangeland Trust has partnered with ranchers to protect open spaces and natural resources for over 20 years.
This grant of $ 376,000 will be used to protect an active cattle ranch just outside of Salinas. The trust will own the development rights to the land, which means that it will be able to place an easement, essentially protecting it from subdivision, development and intensification of cropland.
The land will always be private property and will remain in the hands of the pastoralists who currently occupy it.
Michael Delbar, CEO of the California Rangeland Trust, said the ranchers are giving up development rights to the property, but will continue to manage it.
The organization is “ecstatic” about the grant, he added.
“The dollars available in the Acres for America program are limited and it is a very competitive program across the country, so for the California Rangeland Trust to receive a grant,” he said. “… that says a lot about this project and the value of this project.”
At the trust, they will continue to seek grants and funding, both public and private.
“We have a list of approximately 200,000 acres statewide of voluntary requests from landowners to keep their ranches in business and get there,” Delbar said. “We are looking for all sources of funding. ”
According to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation press release, this newly protected cattle ranch is adjacent to other protected areas, totaling 27,600 acres of uninterrupted migration corridor and habitat for at least seven special status animals and three special. state plants.
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