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Land Conservancy Gets Grant To Help Preserve Central Coast Ranch

Photo by Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County

Effort will help birds and other wildlife in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties.

A land conservancy has received a grant to help pay for the cost of buying, and preserving a Central Coast ranch, as well as enhancing its wildlife habitat.

The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County bought the Santa Rita Ranch for $8 million last year. The 1,700 acre ranch is off of Highway 46 in the hills between Templeton and the coast. The ranchland features oak trees, grasslands, and a freshwater reservoir. It's home to more than 150 species of animals.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology awarded the conservancy $50,000 to help with the purchase price, as well as to aid in efforts to preserve, and enhance the ranch's native habitat.

The property will continue to be operated as a sustainable cattle ranch, but plans call for projects like restoring native vegetation.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.