The land now for sale has been a functioning cow ranch for about 50 years and has a two-kilometer boundary with our main mid-elevation property. Our main concern is its drainage into the Santa Rosa River and into our Chewbacca Creek and also into the Kathy’s Creek. This system of drainages and creeks are where numerous rare frogs live, including our own Las Gralarias Glassfrog, known only from this and one other creek on our uppermost properties. This is also the key area where the rare Hoary Puffleg hummingbird nests and the same area where we have multiple trailcam photos of Spectacled Bear.
Because the cows have to be milked every day, the ranch hands keep them as close as possible to the house and road and hence fairly far away from the creeks. However, for the first time, the property is now officially up for sale via a real estate company. I, of course, have nightmares about big agribusiness buying it or even just renting it as that will no doubt eventually result in serious damage to our creek systems.
The asking price is not inflated but in fact is a very good price for such property here: $736 per acre for a total of $160,000. So we are launching a campaign to try to find 200 people to donate $800 per acre which would immediately allow Las Gralarias Foundation to buy the land. Remember that donations to LGF in the USA are tax-deductible.
Please tell anyone you think may be interested to "buy an acre!" Of course, if anyone wants to donate more than $800 that is fine too! We would also love to have everyone find two more people who might be interested in our project, or in nature conservation in general, to add to our mailing list.