East Sheridan Vernal Pool Preserve

Collaborative project protects critical habitat amidst extreme pressures from growth

In November 2005, California Rangeland Trust, in partnership with Wildlands Inc., completed a land preservation agreement that will permanently protect approximately 386 acres in Placer County; one of the fastest growing counties in California (Department of Finance 2004).  The land preservation project, known as the East Sheridan Vernal Pool Preserve, includes a diverse range of conservation values including Swainson’s hawk foraging habitat, vernal pool and swale, seasonal marsh and grassland habitats. The land within the Preserve has been and is currently used as a dry land cattle pasture.  Through carefully managed grazing practices, the ranching operations will continue to harmoniously exist with the surrounding natural habitat.