Meet David Sceirine, a rancher protecting key wildlife habitat on his family’s ranch near Bridgeport Valley, California.
David and his brother Joe enrolled 2,375 acres into a conservation easement, safeguarding Sceirine Point Ranch from future development while helping an at-risk bird.
While developers eyed the ranch for subdivisions, conservationists were eyeing it for a different reason: it is prime wildlife habitat. The ranch is home to this geographically distinct population of the greater sage-grouse — the Bi-State sage-grouse — that reside only along the California-Nevada state line.
For David and Joe, who are carrying on a family tradition of ranching, the easement with Eastern Sierra Land Trust (funded by USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service) made sense.
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