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Project: Irish Hills Conservation Area, Andre Ranch

Description: The allocation of a grant to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for a cooperative project with the Department of Parks and Recreation to acquire a conservation easement over 1,172± acres to protect rangeland, grazing land and grasslands located in the Irish Hills in San Luis Obispo County. The subject property a privately-owned ranch located in the Irish Hills, six miles east of the City of San Luis Obispo. Topography ranges from gently rolling grasslands to steep slopes and canyons. The property contains a mix of annual grassland, native perennial grassland, coastal scrub, riparian woodland, coastal live oak savanna and coastal live oak woodland.

Reference Number: 36402008067

Implemented By: The Nature Conservancy

Objective: The purposes of the project are to protect livestock grazing, together with wildlife, water quality, watershed and open space benefits which emanate from livestock grazing. The property also provides habitat corridor benefits.

Type: Acquisition Easement

Total Cost: $4,615,000.00

Project Status: Complete and Fully Paid

On Time?: Yes    Within Scope?: Yes    Within Budget?: Yes

Estimated Completion: 11/10/2008    Actual Completion: 11/10/2008

Associated Counties: San Luis Obispo

Located In Disadvantaged Community: No

Contribution SourcesContribution DateContribution Amount
Local Contribution8/28/2008$450,000.00
Other State Funds8/28/2008$1,000,000.00
Private Contribution8/28/2008$2,165,000.00
Prop. 84, Rangeland, Grazing Land and Grassland Protection Program8/28/2008$1,000,000.00

Project MetricMetric TopicQuantityUnit
Acquisition EasementRangeland, Grazing Land, and Grasslands1172acres acquired


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