Agriculture

Through integrated agriculture practices, Wildlands can preserve open space and farming heritage while improving ecological benefits for wildlife. This concept can be applied two ways: by utilizing agricultural techniques such as controlled grazing to assist in the management of ecological preserves; or by using environmental principles in farming to enhance the farm fields' value as habitat.

Environmental management of farmland serves many purposes: preserving open space and farming heritage, producing revenue and enhancing the usability of the farmland for wildlife habitat. Relatively minor adjustments to irrigation schedules, weed control practices and mowing patterns can make a field livable for threatened and endangered species.

Preserving Land and Protecting Species through Agriculture:

  • 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.
  • In addition to our commitment to in-house agricultural efforts, Wildlands has several partnerships with ranchers wishing to increase revenue and protect their land.

Agriculture Success Story: Sacramento River Ranch

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.

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