Soap Lake – 1,113 acres:

This Conservation Easement was established in 2014 and encompasses 1,113 acres. The property is located in the northern most portion of San Benito County with some acreage crossing over into Santa Clara County. This unique property is made up of mostly flat low lands with some marshes and wet lands located where the Pacheco Creek, the Tequisquita Slough, and Ortega Creek converge. The property floods during periods of heavy rains making natural wetlands and habitat for many species. The preserve acts and protects this important flood control for the Pajaro River basin. The conserved area is made up of grass lands with wooded areas alongside a sizable natural lake and along the water courses. This beautiful property is home to an array of wildlife including many endangered species.  [View Interactive Map]

San Juan Valley – 68 acres:

This 153 acre parcel was protected by a Conservation Easement in 2014. This farm land is located in San Benito County in the San Juan Valley, perhaps the richest agricultural resource in the region.  This land produces a variety of row crops each year contributing to the robust agricultural industry and beauty of San Juan Valley.
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Rancho Larios – 521 acres:

This 521 acre property consists of beautiful foothill grazing land.  This property was the first acquisition by the land trust and still owned in fee.  Donated to the land trust in 2004, this property hosts a 522 acre working cattle ranch which is currently leased out for cattle grazing.  This property also provides an open space buffer around the community of Rancho Larios and is the headwaters for the Elkhorn Slough.

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Silva Ranch – 153 acres:

This 153 acre parcel was protected by a Conservation Easement in 2014. This farm land is located in San Benito County in the San Juan Valley, perhaps the richest agricultural resource in the region.  This land produces a variaty of row crops each year contributing to the robust agricultural industry and beauty of San Juan Valley.

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Panoche Easement – 3,173 acres :

This remote, oak-studded ranch located in south San Benito County near Panoche protects grassland, oak woodland, small streams and springs.  Protected in 2001, this working ranch consists of 3,173 acres of high vistas and pristine natural areas with lots of wildlife.

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Cook – 615 acres, Tres Pinos :

Some of San Benito’s best grazing land was protected by this 615 acre Conservation Easement located near Tres Pinos. This Conservation Easement adjoins the Cook 1079 easement for a total of 1,694 acres at this location. Protected in 1997, this preserve contains gently rolling hills which provides some of the best livestock grazing in San Benito County.  This preserve also helps protect the vista of the hills south east of Hollister for future generations while protecting the region’s watershed.

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Cook – 1,079 acres, Tres Pinos :

Some of San Benito’s best grazing land was protected by this 1079 acre Conservation Easement located near Tres Pinos. This Conservation Easement adjoins the Cook 615 easement for a total of 1,694 acres at this location. Protected in 1997, this preserve contains gently rolling hills which provides some of the best livestock grazing in San Benito County.  This preserve also helps protect the vista of the hills south east of Hollister for future generations while protecting the region’s watershed.

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