WHO: Mike Chrisman, Secretary for Resources Bridgett Luther, Director, California Department of Conservation Ryan Broddrick, Director, California Department of Fish and Game Al Wright, Executive Director, Wildlife Conservation Board Richard Thieriot, owner of Llano Seco Rancho WHEN: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 10:30 a.m., tour departs 12:00 p.m., lunch and remarks WHERE: Llano Seco Rancho, in Butte County. A tour of Llano Seco Rancho will gather at the Cookhouse at 10 a.m. BACK- GROUND: The state of California has committed $6.5 million in funding to protect 4,235 acres on Llano Seco Rancho in Butte County. With this easement, the ranch's 18,434 acres of farmland, ranchland and wildlife habitat will be permanently shielded from the area's fast-growing development. Of the 4,235 acres protected under the easement, approximately 1,870 are in agricultural production (walnuts, almonds, garbanzo beans, sunflowers and other crops); 1,715 acres are used for cattle grazing; and 736 acres are covered in sloughs and riparian vegetation including grasslands, cottonwood, and Great Valley oak riparian forests. VISUALS: A tour of the Llano Seco Rancho including the cattle grazing operation, the agricultural land and the wildlife. CONTACT: Don Drysdale or Carrie Reinsimar, Department of Conservation Public Affairs Office, (916) 323-1886.
From Hwy 80 take the exit for "Winters, Redding #505." From Hwy 505, take Hwy 5 past Williams, Maxwell, and Willows. Approximately five miles past Willows, take the "Bayliss-Road 39" exit. After half a mile, take a left at the "T" and then an immediate right on Rd. 39. After 10 miles, Rd. 39 comes to a "T" at Hwy 45. From Hwy 45 take a right on to Rd. 32. Approximately two miles after the river you will see "Llano Seco Rancho" on an arch over the property's driveway. Driving time is about three hours from San Francisco.