Peninsula Open Space Trust has acquired 839 acres of redwood forest, working lands and critical wildlife habitat in the Estrada Ranch, one of the last large family-owned properties in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains. It sets the stage for a protected landscape of more than 5,400 acres for regional movement of wildlife, a 'creative conservation solution', says POST. The ranch, located on the ancestral lands of the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, has been in the Estrada family since 1863. The family, who have sustainably ranched and harvested timber, will continue to manage the land. In a future phase, LTSCC will lead efforts to secure a conservation easement to cover 1,204 acres of the ranch.

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