Orvis Ranch Conservation Project

Orvis Ranch Conservation Project


Orvis Ranch

Nestled into the Sierra foothills midway between Stockton and Murphys, the ranch has been owned and operated by the family since 1873. Orvis Ranch has been grazed for generations, is currently also the site of a purebread Hereford operation, and is part of the historic Snow Ranch.

Orvis is truly an example of the balance of “progress and preservation in harmony with nature.” The Ranch serves as an important foraging habitat for a number of animal species, and also features concentrations of a variety of important plant communities. Native birds are reliant upon on the area’s grasslands while keeping the property agriculturally active, and native wildflowers in the spring offer a scenic view along the ranch’s hills.

The California Rangeland Trust, with the assistance of the Trust for Public Land, have assembled funds from the State of California Department of Conservation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Great Valley Center to purchase the conservation easement in order to “allow ongoing agricultural productivity of the property while conserving the open space, historical value, scenic character, and wildlife habitat.”

For more information:
Orvis Ranch
The California Rangeland Trust
Trust for Public Land
Great Valley Center