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The Hearst Ranch Conservation Plan

Hearst Ranch Conservation Recorded Documents for Public Review


Governor Schwarzenegger announced on February 18, 2005 that the state and its conservation partners closed escrow on a conservation plan for the historic 82,000 acre Hearst Ranch. The Hearst Corporation, American Land Conservancy and California Rangeland Trust have partnered with the state to preserve 128 square miles of pristine rangeland that includes 18 miles of spectacular coastline along scenic Highway One.

This is five-year effort by the Hearst Corporation, conservationists, environmentalists, agricultural interests, the local community, and the State of California.

This is a culmination of an extremely compatible private/public relationship that began a half century ago, when the Hearst Corporation gave Hearst Castle, San Simeon, California, to the State as a charitable gift. Long before the concept of "Public/Private Partnership" was introduced in California, the Hearst Corporation transferred the magnificent William Randolph Hearst Castle property to the State of California for all to experience and enjoy. Famous architect Julia Morgan's vision for the property is preserved in the Plan for California's Crown Jewel of the Central Coast to protect and preserve our coastline.

In a visionary act to protect the coastline, California voters approved the Coastal Commission in 1972 ensuring public access, which is a unique California value. Three decades later, voters passed Proposition 40, the $2.6 billion dollar "California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002" (2002 Resources Bond). Also, in 2002, voters passed Proposition 50 known as the "Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002".

This review began with an open process and disclosure of information to the public through this Web site, a public meeting in Cuyacos, San Luis Obispo County on July 15, 2004, and in public hearings at the Wildlife Conservation Board on August 12, 2004 in Sacramento and the State Coastal Conservancy on September 15, 2004 in Sonoma County.