5,530-acre Puma Robles Ranch—Conserved December, 2016

Working in partnership with the ranch owners and the Northern Sierra Partnership, Feather River Land Trust purchased a conservation easement on a diverse and large property at the eastern edge of Sierra Valley this December.  Made possible by our members and grants from the Wildlife Conservation Board, and the California State Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program, this unique ranch is at the convergence of the Sierra Nevada, Great Basin, and Cascades making for complex habitats, micro-climates, and a long history of human use. The ranch supports over 500 native plant species, at least 150 bird species, a breeding herd of 30-40 pronghorn, the Doyle Mule Deer Herd, large beaver complexes and wetlands, and a host of other animals. Conservation of this property complements and adds to the network of conserved lands in the area including Forest Service, BLM lands, and other privately owned ranches with conservation easements. 

Pronghorn herd on Puma Robles Ranch

Puma Robles, a privately owned and operated ranch, will continue to support sustainable grazing and other ranch activities, as well as undertake more pronghorn friendly fencing and habitat improvements.

In addition to its exceptional biodiversity and many other conservation values, Puma Robles Ranch is the cornerstone of a 35,000 acre, 10-year conservation effort by FRLT, The Nature Conservancy and the Northern Sierra Partnership to protect the migration corridor for the Doyle Mule Deer Herd and the Sierra Valley/Long Valley pronghorn herd.

This landscape-scale initiative spans approximately 21 miles from Long Valley in the east to Red Clover Valley in the west, along the northern portion of Sierra Valley. FRLT and its partners have already protected more than 12,000 acres along the corridor.

Feather River Land Trust purchased a conservation easement on the Puma Robles Ranch to permanently restrict subdivision and development of the property, including road building and mining, prevent the conversion of native habitat, ensure sustainable agricultural and forestry practices, prohibit the manipulation of watercourses and springs, and otherwise prevent activities that would degrade the outstanding habitat and historical values of the property. This wonderful conservation success was a feat of endurance for all parties involved--the purchase of the Puma Robles conservation easement took nearly 10 years.  

Note: This is a privately owned and operated ranch. Public access is limited to outings organized by FRLT. There is no public access at this time.

Meadow at Puma Robles Ranch