Hundreds of years of human directed impact, first over-grazing and then subdivision and abandonment, degraded this once fertile rangeland.
Through a collaborative partnership with private land owners and public agencies, San Clemente has the potential to become a national model for progressive land use and localized place-based restoration. Coming from a shared desire to make San Clemente better, land owners are creating their vision for San Clemente. The plan includes an option for land owners to place agricultural easements on all or part of their rangeland property through the establishment of a San Clemente Rangeland Trust. The Rangeland Trust will manage grazing on these lands in a way that’s ecologically restorative, economically prosperous, and contributes to the social fabric of the community. This initiative will restore ecological stability and build natural resource security by:
- increasing the density and diversity of rangeland vegetation;
- increasing the capacity of the land to retain rainfall;
- stemming the loss of soils to wind and water erosion;
- improving wildlife habitat and building diversity in wildlife populations;
- increasing forage for grazing livestock; and
- improving water quality and water resources.
Our Rangeland Plan
We want to try something different. We want to rebuild the landscape’s natural capital so residents can enjoy the dividends for generations to come. Watch Adelante’s president, Virginia Smith, explain her vision of what the future of the San Clemente rangeland holds.
Virginia Smith began developing the Bar Lazy S Ranch in 2002 through a series of small farm enterprises on this land located in the San Clemente Land Grant near Los Lunas. These enterprises have included trail rides, grassfed beef, and fiber sheep. The focus has now turned to rangeland restoration to develop a productive resource base for the ranch. For more information about rangeland restoration, please contact Virginia.