THREE RIVERS — Save the Redwoods League and Sequoia Riverlands Trust (SRT) have donated the 66-acre Craig Ranch in Tulare County to the Bureau of Land Management.
The preservation of the property, located southeast of Three Rivers and previously owned by the Ollie Craig Trust, will help protect wildlife habitat. It also will serve as a gateway to a grove of giant sequoias by improving access to public lands at adjoining Case Mountain, which is part of the Sierra Nevada.
“Craig Ranch presents an incredible opportunity to enhance conservation and outdoor recreation on surrounding public lands,” said Paul Ringgold, chief program officer for Save the Redwoods League. “It’s truly a privilege to help people connect with these special places and now, through this partnership, Case Mountain’s giant sequoias are within their reach at last.”
The donated lands are adjacent to Kaweah Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) and will be added to the Case Mountain Extensive Recreation Management Area (ERMA), a popular recreation destination. Case Mountain, a portion of the ACEC that includes stands of ancient giant sequoias, will soon offer better parking and trailhead access to the adjacent public lands.
“This action has been years in the making and we want to thank our partners who made it possible,” said Gabe Garcia, office manager at BLM’s Bakersfield Field. “With this donation we will be able to provide recreational users a better overall experience and give the public the opportunity to see one of the most unique areas in the nation.”