Wildlands maintains thousands of acres in grazing and farming operations that complement and enhance habitat and open space preservation goals.
Wildlands' herd of 1600 cattle, primarily Hereford-Angus crosses, provide revenue to defray long-term land management costs, while also maintaining grass heights and suppressing invasive vegetation as prescribed for best quality habitat. We also use a small herd of longhorn cattle to eat weeds the commercial cattle leave behind.
Wildlands' Sacramento River Ranch mitigation complex in Yolo County, California is a prime example of farming and multi-use management. A wide variety of crops including small grains, forages and vegetable crops are planted on a sustainable, rotational basis. The ranch also contains nearly 700 acres of walnuts in addition to 640 acres of organic forage production. An on-site nursery for native plants such as elderberries, oaks, cottonwoods, wild rose, ash and willows is used in Wildlands' restoration efforts.
In addition to our commitment to in-house agricultural efforts, Wildlands has several partnerships with ranchers wishing to increase revenue and protect their land.