Much of the land conservation around the San Francisco Bay Area has been funded by state, federal and non profit resources. However, private landowners can play a vital role in land conservation too. Ranchers and farmers who own large quantities of land have opportunities to ensure the health of their land and to protect its resources. Just like national parks, private land owners are responsible for the cleanliness of their water, health of their wildlife and quality of the food their land produces. We drink the water, enjoy the wildlife, and eat the food that comes off these lands, so it is in our best interest that they be looked after responsibly.
Koopmann Ranch, a 850 acre property in Sunol, CA, is a role model for environmental stewardship on their ranch lands. In fact, The California Farm Bureau Federation, Sustainable Conservation and the Wisconsin-based Sand County Foundation are hosting an event at the Koopmann Ranch to showcase their land conservation best practices. The event includes a tour of the property and discussions about watershed management, biodiversity, healthy ranching and farming best practices and an opportunity to mingle with land conservation advocates and experts across the San Francisco Bay Area.
The event will be held on Friday, April 20th at Koopmann Ranch located at 9464 Koopmann Road (street dead ends at event location), Sunol, 94586
The event is free and starts with a complimentary lunch from noon to 1:30. The tour of the ranch starts at 2pm and ends at 4pm.
The tour will be led by Bay Area rancher Tim Koopmann and family, recipient of the 2011 California Leopold Conservation Award, founder of the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition, and water resource specialist for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Event attendees include Bay Area ranchers and representatives from agriculture, academia, industry, media and government and non-government organizations.
Thanks to www.rangelandtrust.org for the photos