Hart Ranch

conservation. Enhancement. Heritage.

The Projects

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Butte Creek Conservation Projects

Project: Butte Creek Conservation Easement

PArtners: Pacific Forest Trust; California Wildlife Conservation Board

Commencing in 2015, the Hart Ranch made the Butte Creek Property subject to and protected under a conservation easement that integrates sustainable timber management and meadow habitat restoration with the Hart Ranch's overall mission of building a sustainable, holistic property stewardship program.

For more information on this venture, please refer to the link listed below:

Historic Ranch Conserved to Protect Water Sources and a Family’s Heritage

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Project: Butte Creek Safe Harbor Agreement

Partner: United States Fish & Wildlife Services

Signed in June 2019 after a mandatory posting on the Federal Registrar for a public comment period , the Hart’s entered into a Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) for the Northern Spotted Owl and Gray Wolf. This agreement will bind the signees for a term of 50-years, with the option for extension(s). For the full document, please reference the link to the Federal Register posting below:

Butte Creek Ranch Safe Harbor


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Project: Hart Ranch Little Shasta Consistency Determination

Partner: California Department of Fish & Wildlife

This agreement complements the Little Shasta SHA and allows for further management options best suited for the habitat. For more information on Consistency Determinations, please see the link below:

CDFW Consistency Determinations

Project: Hart Ranch Little Shasta ranch management plan

Partners: Meridian environmental, inc.; the nature conservancy; California department of fish & wildlife; california north coast Regional water quality control board

This dynamic document is an in-depth layout of the following;

  1. Management objectives

  2. Environmental features (species cataloging, vegetation, habitats, water rights, etc.)

  3. Current ranching operations

  4. Proposed management operations

  5. Impacts of current and proposed management

  6. Avoidance and Minimization Measures

  7. Implementation

Finalized in August 2016, this document is a pivotal part of the Ranch’s Little Shasta SHA and will continue to serve as the formal outline of the Ranch’s resource and species management strategy.


Little Shasta Conservation Projects

project: Hart Ranch Little Shasta Safe Harbor AGreement

Partners: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration - National Marine Fisheries SErvice; California Department of Fish & Wildlife

Working with National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Hart’s entered into a SHA for the survival and recovery of the Southern Oregon / Northern California Coast coho salmon. The Hart Ranch is proud to be managing its farming and ranching activities under the agreement granted by NOAA in February 2018 and recognizes the importance of balancing those activities with wildlife health and habitat enhancement.

Little Shasta Ranch SHA

Project: Hart Ranch Little Shasta in-stream flow enhancement project

Partners: california trout, INC.; the nature conservancy; united states fish & wildlife services; cA DEPARTMENT of Fish & Wildlife; noaa fisheries; ca wildlife conservation board; UC davis center for watershed sciences

This is a current project we are on-boarding, with multiple prongs. Primary objectives include the following;

  1. In-stream water dedication

  2. Fish passage barrier removal

  3. Riparian habitat enhancement

  4. Agricultural water conveyance efficiency improvements

  5. Wet meadow, soil and forage enhancement

As this project progresses, more information will be made available.

More coming soon!