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What is the Tejon Ranch Conservancy? The Tejon Ranch Conservancy is an independent 501c3 nonprofit land trust dedicated to preserving, enhancing, and restoring the native biodiversity and ecosystem values of Tejon Ranch and the Tehachapi Range for the benefit of California’s future generations. More than 200 species of birds have been spotted, a third of the state’s native oaks are represented, and more than 60 at-risk plant and animal species are protected here. Where is the Ranch? The ranch is uniquely situated about halfway between Bakersfield and Los Angeles, east of the I-5 freeway where Southwestern California, Sierra Nevada, Central Valley, and Mojave Desert converge. How big is the Ranch? The Tejon Ranch is 422-square miles and the Conservancy is responsible for protecting 90% of that land or 240,000 acres, almost nine times the size of San Francisco. Who created the Conservancy? In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, the Conservancy was created in 2008 through an agreement between Tejon Ranch Company, Audubon California, Endangered Habitats League, Natural Resources Defense Council, Planning and Conservation League and Sierra Club to protect 90% of Tejon Ranch. The Agreement is referred to as the Tejon Ranch Conservation and Land Use Agreement. What is the Conservancy doing on the Ranch? The Conservancy oversees the conservation planning, protection and management of the 240,000 acres of conserved Tejon Ranch lands. The organization has created a conservation blueprint (known as the Ranch-wide Management Plan) that will guide its activities. Our immediate goals include: Systematically exploring Tejon Ranch to document and better understand its extraordinary natural resources. Using this knowledge and scientific principles to develop sound stewardship practices that maintain, enhance and restore the Ranch’s ecosystems. Pursuing partnerships that advance the Conservancy’s mission and conservation goals for Tejon Ranch and Tehachapi Range. Providing public opportunities to learn about, explore and experience first-hand both the beauty and diversity of the Ranch along with conservation in action through volunteer service. How can I get on the Ranch? Public access to the Ranch is an organizational priority for the Conservancy.  We feel strongly that as members of the public experience the extraordinary natural riches of the Ranch, their understanding of and investment in conservation will deepen. From community hikes and drives, to our student and our volunteer programs, there are many opportunities to explore this remarkable place: The Community Hike program is Tejon Ranch Conservancy’s primary means of providing access to the general public. Hikes typically take place in the Spring months with an emphasis on wildflower viewing and birding.  To learn more click here. Our outreach to schools and youth organizations provides the educational benefits of getting outside and will produce the next generation of citizens with an appreciation of wild places and a culture of conservation and stewardship.  Contact us here to learn more. Volunteer citizen scientists are providing valuable assistance as we continue to explore and document the rich natural resources of the Ranch. You or your Audubon, CNPS or other group can get involved by contacting us here.