California Rangeland Trust holds the conservation easement on the 10,884-acre ranch in southern Monterey County built by California inventor Stan Avery. Continuing the vision of Stan Avery, who was a distinguished conservationist, the land is still a working cattle ranch and an extraordinary natural area owned by businessman, farmer, rancher and philanthropist B. Wayne Hughes Jr. It also serves as a tool to teach young people about rangeland management and conservation. SkyRose Ranch is a critical part of a wildlife corridor that connects conservation lands from the Salinas Valley to the San Joaquin Valley. For the past century it has been a cattle ranching operation and it is still grazed today. As a well-managed ranch in the heart of Monterey’s oak savanna landscape, it supports the habitat for wildlife such as Tule elk, blacktail deer, bobcat, mountain lion, San Joaquin kit fox, migratory songbirds, California quail, a wide variety of hawks and golden eagles.