In December 2015, the Anderson Valley Land Trust was pleased to learn that Larry Mailliard and the Mailliard family, in cooperation with Save the Redwoods League, would protect Mailliard Ranch, approximately 25 square miles in the hills between Yorkville and Boonville. This is great news for all of us who live in the Anderson Valley, because another beautiful part of this land we all appreciate and enjoy will be preserved in perpetuity.
This conservation easement is especially valuable because the Mailliard Ranch is the largest expanse of Coast Range forest still in private family ownership. The ranch features rugged terrain that provides shelter and sustenance for a wide range of rare plants and wildlife. It includes nearly 1,000 acres of old-growth redwood forest and mixed conifer groves, and 28 miles of Class 1 fish-bearing streams that span from the headwaters of the Garcia River to important tributaries of the Navarro River. These will all now be preserved. As part of their agreement with Save the Redwoods League, the Mailliard family will retain ownership of the land and continue to steward and manage it. The conservation easement will eliminate the threat of subdivision of the entire property by reducing the number of parcels from 72 to three. The ranch connects the neighboring Mailliard Redwoods State Natural Reserve, which was donated by the family in 1954 and is part of the California State Parks system, to the Garcia River Forest. This will result in more than 82,000 acres of contiguous protected lands reaching from the headwaters of the Garcia River to the coast.
Save the Redwoods League has formed the Mailliard Ranch Conservation Fund to raise the $7 million needed for completion of this worthwhile project. To learn more about contributing your support to this valuable project, visit “Going Big for Mailliard Ranch” on the Save the Redwoods League website at www.savetheredwoods.org, or call 415-362-2352.
We are pleased to support the Save the Redwoods League and the Mailliard family and wish them every success in saving this magnificent corner of our valley.