Koopmann Ranch Tour to Demonstrate Importance of Private Land Conservation

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A tour of the San Francisco Bay-area Koopmann Ranch will demonstrate how ranchers on the urban edge promote clean water, open space, healthy wildlife and quality food.

Koopmann family

The Koopmann family does tremendous work for land, water and wildlife in the San Francisco Bay area. Photo credit: Paolo Vescia

This will be a tour of one of the San Francisco Bay area's last remaining ranches to explore the important conservation efforts ranchers in this region undertake to protect the environment and Bay area communities.

The California Farm Bureau Federation, Sustainable Conservation and the Wisconsin-based Sand County Foundation are hosting an environmental stewardship tour to demonstrate how vital America's farmers and ranchers are to the health of natural resources.

  • Tour one of the Bay Area’s last remaining ranches, located between Freemont and Pleasanton, to explore the important conservation efforts Bay Area ranchers undertake to protect the environment and Bay Area communities.
  • Learn how sound stewardship of Bay Area ranchlands is helping improve water quality in the Alameda Creek watershed and San Francisco Bay to benefit people and wildlife.
  • Meet one of California’s leading ranchers and conservationists, Tim Koopmann, recipient of the 2011 California Leopold Conservation Award.
  • Learn about the popular California Leopold Conservation Award, and its celebration of the farmers and ranchers who produce the state’s food and protect natural resources.
  • Enjoy lunch with leading ranching and conservation advocates.
  • Witness one of the Bay Area’s most breathtaking views of the East Bay and Central Valley.

Tour the 850-acre Koopmann Ranch in Sunol, taking in the beautiful surroundings and learning from one of California’s foremost ranchers and conservationists, Tim Koopman, about the important role Bay Area ranchers play in a maintaining a healthy environment and locally produced food. See firsthand how the Koopmanns’ sound stewardship practices have improved the quality of their land and aided imperiled wildlife like the endangered California tiger salamander. You’ll also learn about the Koopmanns’ dedication to water quality on and off the ranch, which involved developing a comprehensive watershed management plan that has been recognized throughout California and internationally.

WHEN: Friday, April 20

  •     Free lunch: 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  •     Ranch Tour: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Organizers are expecting 100 attendees and space is limited

WHERE:    Koopmann Ranch, 9464 Koopmann Road (street dead ends at event location), Sunol, 94586

Click here for a map to the Koopmanns' ranch.

WHO: Led by Bay Area rancher Tim Koopmann and family, recipient of the 2011 California Leopold Conservation Award, founder of the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition, and water resource specialist for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Event attendees include Bay Area ranchers and representatives from agriculture, academia, industry, media and government and non-government organizations.

Tour sponsors include: Sand County Foundation, Sustainable Conservation, the California Farm Bureau Federation, California Bountiful and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

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