CDFA Secretary Karen Ross joined California Natural Resources Agency Secretary Wade Crowfoot and other dignitaries at Stemple Creek Ranch in Tomales (Marin County) today to reaffirm shared priorities between the state and private stakeholders, and also to highlight an updated Draft 2022 Scoping Plan that lays out how the fifth largest economy in the world (California) can drastically reduce its dependence on fossil fuels while relying on natural and working lands as essential pieces to help us achieve our climate goals.
Stemple Creek Ranch owners Loren and Lisa Poncia have utilized multiple state funding programs, including CDFA’s Healthy Soils Program and the Department of Conservation’s Working Lands and Riparian Corridors Program and California Farmland Conservancy Program. This funding is helping to protect the ranch from future development through a conservation easement, is helping to improve the quality of the soil as well as livestock forage, and is helping to restore a stream. All of these actions reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions and improve the environment.
Secretary Ross: “This ranch is a prime example of a working ranch with multiple benefits for producing nutritious food, providing wildlife habitat, and improving water quality, all while sequestering carbon and providing climate change resiliency.”