Humboldt County Ranch Sells Conservation Easement

| October 7, 2002

Humboldt County Ranch Sells Conservation Easement,Faultline
The Hackett family doesn't have your run-of-the-mill backyard. Their 3,640-acre Howe Creek Ranch near Rio Dell, California, boasts 13 miles of salmon streams, native redwood and Douglas fir trees, and grasslands populated by northern spotted owl, golden eagle, goshawk, black bear, mountain lion, bobcat and great horned owl. They've owned the ranch for five generations, during which time their commitment to sustainable resource management has shown: They've completed extensive stream restoration for salmon habitat and reforested 900 acres of land since 1984. Now, with help from the Pacific Forest Trust, the California State Coastal Conservancy and Wildlife Conservation Board, the Hacketts have acquired a conservation easement that will permanently protect their land and its environmental resources -- a deed restriction that will stay with the land no matter who its future owners may be.
--Rebecca Wienbar
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