Conservation Easement: Ridgewood Ranch
Ridgewood Ranch near Willits, the final resting place of the famous racehorse Seabiscuit, is home to two of MLT’s conservation easements. The 16,000-acre property has been owned by the Church of the Golden Rule since 1962 and is used for many purposes. However, church members worked with conservation organizations to ensure that certain areas will be forever protected. In 2005, with the assistance of Save the Redwoods League, 33 acres of old-growth and large second-growth redwoods were placed into a conservation easement. Two years later, a conservation easement was put in place to permanently protect 1,689 acres of oak woodland habitat.