Agricultural Conservation Easement
1477 Acres, Established 2015
1,593 Acres, In process
Access: Private property. No public access.
Conservation Values: Agricultural productivity, scenic views, plant and wildlife habitat.
Robinson Ranch is one of 12 original pioneer ranches in Nevada County. For 150 years, the ranch has been in commercial agricultural production, by one family ~ the Robinsons. The entire ranch is currently used for commercial beef production and haying, and includes irrigated pasture and dry rangelands.
In 2015, 1,477 acres of the Robinson Ranch were conserved with an agricultural conservation easement, held by California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The newest award by the State will help conserve the remaining 1,593 acres with an agricultural conservation easement held by BYLT.
In an area that has become fragmented in recent years, the working landscape of Robinson Ranch is critical to protecting a valuable local food supply, providing native wildlife plenty of space to roam free, creating firebreaks and keeping air clean by sequestering carbon.
With the conservation easement in place, Robinson Ranch can continue to be a working ranch, and the deed will reflect that it must stay in agriculture. If there comes a time the Robinson family is no longer able to work the ranch, another young farmer from the next generation can come in and continue the legacy of local food production.