Land Conservancy granted easement to protect 3,255-acres near Atascadero

Over 3,200 acres of grazing land south of Atascadero will be protected through an agricultural easement agreement between the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County and Eagle Ranch LLC.

The two organizations have entered into an easement that permanently protects 36 separate parcels west of Highway 101 and adjacent to the Los Padres National Forest. This is the largest conservation easement gift in the history of The Land Conservancy. Although the owners of the property still retain the land, its designation for agricultural use prohibits housing and other development on the property.

Descendants of the Smith family who purchased the ranch more than a half century ago said that the agreement reflects their family’s commitment to protecting the property for future generations.

The easement protects Eagle Lake, Eagle Peak and Eagle Ranch from development and water extraction in South Atascadero, and promotes productive agricultural practices in relation to maintaining healthy wildlands in the area.

Megan Ginise: 559-441-6614