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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Big Sur's Rancho Calero is Saved

460 acres of Big Sur coastal property bought for open space
San Jose Mercury News

About 460 new acres of open space, part of a land purchase by the U.S. Forest Service and the Trust for Public Land, will help create a 10-mile open space corridor along the Big Sur coast.

The acquisition of four Rancho Calero parcels in Monterey County and will link national forest lands between the Monterey Peninsula Park District's Mill Creek Preserve and the Ventana Wilderness, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

"The Big Sur coastline is recognized around the world for its sweeping panoramic vistas," Sen. Diane Feinstein, said. "The acquisition of the Rancho Calera property is in line with conservation efforts in the region - and has the support of local environmental groups, as well as State and federal agencies. I believe it's an important step forward to ensure the lasting protection of this California jewel."

"It's always a good thing when land as beautiful and important as our Big Sur coast can be set aside for future generations," state Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, said. "Owners of the Rancho Calera land chose to place its future in the hands of the public, and I support that decision. I'm pleased that his beautiful coastline will continue to be treasured for many generations to come."

The money for the purchase came from the Land and Water Conservation Fund and was supported by Feinstein and Farr.

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